Cheap Eats 2009: El Tapatio
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
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El Tapatio
Address: 4309 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg, MD 20710
Phone: 301-403-8882
Neighborhood: Bladensburg
Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily 10 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: West Hyattsville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chiles rellenos; torta with beer-stewed beef, breaded chicken, or braised pork; seafood and shrimp soups; chicken, pork, or chorizo soft tacos; mole enchiladas; huevos rancheros; chilaquiles; housemade tortillas.
Price Details: Appetizers $2 to $2.50; entrées $10 to $13.

Why go: The rough, grainy surface of the corn tortillas at this Little Mexico taqueria tells you they’re house-made. So does the taste of corn and lime—something you won’t find in mass-produced wrappers. This attention to detail extends throughout the family operation, from the guacamole to the soups to the slow-simmered meats.

What to get: The torta, an airy torpedo roll layered with breaded cutlets of meat (we’re partial to the beer-braised beef) and topped with stewed beans, avocado, and mayo; chilaquiles with crumbles of salty queso fresco and salsa rojo or salsa verde; chiles rellenos; mole-drenched enchiladas; pork and chorizo tacos.

Best for: Anyone who thinks Mexican food in Washington is limited to gooey, cheese-blanketed enchiladas and greasy fajitas.

Insider tip: Get an order of tortillas, six for $1.50, to go. They can be cut and fried into homemade chips—a great snack.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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