Cheap Eats 2009: La Sirenita
Good food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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La Sirenita
Address: 4911 Edmonston Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Phone: 301-864-0188
Neighborhood: Hyattsville
Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily except Tuesday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: West Hyattsville, Landover
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Chilaquiles with a fried egg on top; chorizo, salty beef, and tongue tacos; chile relleno; chicken mole; posole; melon, a canteloupe drink.
Price Details: Appetizers $2.50 to $12.50; entrées $8 to $18.50.

Why go: Don’t come expecting a happy-hour-style cantina to swig margaritas and munch on chips. But for those who think the plate’s the thing, this roadhouse in Little Mexico is home to the most extensive and authentic roster of Mexican cooking in the area.

What to get: Two-ply tacos filled with chorizo, salty beef, carnitas (slow-cooked, shredded pork), or shredded goat; stewed chicken in mole; chiles rellenos; posole, a meal-in-a-bowl soup with bits of pork, hominy, tostadas, and radish; the hangover-curing casserole known as chilaquiles, topped with a fried chicken cutlet and a fried egg (get the rojo sauce instead of the verde); huevos rancheros.

Best for: A raucous night out—the jukebox pumps out a steady stream of merengue and Latin pop.

Insider tip: Skip dessert and drop by La Flor de Puebla II down the street for cream-filled sugar doughnuts and pastries for 70 cents each.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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