Cheap Eats 2008: Guajillo
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Address: 1727 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-807-0840
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: South American, Mexican
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 2:30 PM; Dinner Monday through Friday from 5 to 10; Saturday from 5 to 11; Brunch Sunday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Fried plantains with sour cream; queso fundido; shrimp ceviche; maritas de puerco; carnitas; grilled-shrimp mexicali; pork tacos; tamales; wine-braised rabbit; chicken mole; mojitos.
Price Details: Small plates $5 to $11; entrées $9 to $18.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating

Why go: For generous plates of robust regional Mexican cooking—no piles of shredded iceberg or gooey Monterey Jack at this loud, funky dining room.

What to get: Crustily caramelized maduros, or sweet plantains, dunked in sour cream; one of the best ceviches—an all-shrimp version in a margarita glass; green-chili-flecked tamales filled with shredded chicken; carnitas, hunks of braised, garlic-marinated pork by turns crispy and tender; soft corn tacos filled with ground lamb spiced with guajillo peppers, or fried fish with slaw; chicken mole with a rich mole sauce.

Best for: Area condo dwellers and other young professionals looking to unwind over cocktails and snacks; group celebrations around the back bar; parents with kids who will enjoy sharable potato-filled flautas and pillowy sopapillas.

Insider tip: The margaritas are the real deal, so it’s worth paying a few extra bucks for good tequila; we like Patrón Plata or Herradura Plata.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.

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