Cheap Eats 2012: La Sirenita
Sopas des mariscos (seafood soup) at La Sirenita. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

The time to come is Friday or Saturday night, when this roadhouse is at full tilt—jukebox pumping out Latin hits, bowls of seafood soup sailing through the dining room, tablefuls of Spanish-speaking patrons blowing off steam over Negra Modelo. But the cooking’s the draw.

The owners hail from Puebla, and the flavors are solidly Mex, not Tex. The renditions of chiles rellenos, chicken mole, and tacos resonate as powerfully as the music—all the more if you’re accustomed to cheese-blanketed dishes that taste virtually interchangeable.

Also good: Huevos rancheros; guacamole; chilaquiles rojo.

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