Cheap Eats 2009: Taqueria Distrito Federal
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 24, 2009
Cheap Eats (2010)
Taqueria Distrito Federal - Columbia Heights
Address: 3463 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-276-7331
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights
Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Thursday through Saturday 8 AM to 11 PM; Sunday through Wednesday 8 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Columbia Heights
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Tacos—both the soft two-ply and the fried versions—filled with baby-pork ribs, chorizo, or pulled goat; burrito with red beans, rice, and smoky barbacoa; chicken Milanese torta; torta al pastor; horchata.
Price Details: All items $2 to $6.

Why go: Everything from the Pepsi to the striped blankets and icons of the Virgin of Guadalupe is from south of the border. And the Mexican cooking is no less authentic. In an area awash in Salva-Mex and Tex-Mex, that’s a big draw.

What to get: Tacos—both the soft two-ply and the fried versions—filled with spicy baby-pork ribs, paprika-flavored chorizo, or pulled goat; burrito with red beans, rice, and smoky barbacoa; horchata, a rice-based drink that tastes like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Best for: Small gatherings—the 30 or so seats aren’t conducive to parties of more than four.

Insider tip: The other location in Petworth hasn’t figured out the ratio of salt to meat; this one—the Columbia Heights original—is better.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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