Cheap Eats 2012: Mama Chuy
Chorizo tacos at Mama Chuy. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published June 1, 2012
Cheap Eats 2012

Mama Chuy's
Address: 2620 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-667-MAMA
Cuisines: Mexican
Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm.
Nearby Metro Stops: Shaw-Howard University
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Appetizers $2.50 to $4.50. Entrees $3.50 to $12.
Cheap Eats 2012

At first glance, this walkup across from Howard University looks like a spot you’d pop into for drinks and snacks before heading elsewhere for dinner; even the sopes resemble cocktail-party nibbles. But stick around—the cooking has a depth and complexity that blitzes its tepid happy-hour competition.

The beans and sauces are made from scratch, with spices that have been toasted and ground the old-fashioned way. The pork sopes al pastor with lard-cooked beans are uncommonly intricate. And many of the appetizers are hard to resist—fries with Cotija cheese and cilantro, the lightest chips we’ve found in DC, and a quesadilla with chickpea-poblano purée.

Also good: Mushroom-and-spinach tacos; tacos al pastor.

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