Cheap Eats 2010: Taqueria La Placita
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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Taqueria La Placita
Address: 5020 Edmonston Road, Hyattsville, MD 20781-2738
Phone: 301-277-4477
Neighborhood: Hyattsville
Cuisines: South American, Mexican
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday 6AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 8 AM to midnight.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

Why go: The mounted deer heads are unexpected and the 20 varieties of tacos are daunting, but this is the area’s best taqueria. Pork cheek, pork lip, and pork leg are as authentic as it gets, and they make for often-luscious eating. Corn tortillas are snatched right from the griddle, and condiments include two vibrant salsas as well as fresh pickled onions.

What to get: Pork-leg, lengua (tongue),chorizo, and al pastor tacos (made with pork sliced from a vertical spit, the result of the arrival of Lebanese immigrants in Mexico City nearly a century ago) and topped with thin-sliced pineapple and chopped onion; green-chili chicken tamale.

Best for: A very satisfying fuel-up.

Insider tip: Be prepared to attempt some Spanish. If you don’t—or even if you do—you might wind up with a slightly different order than you expected. Next door is La Flor de Puebla bakery, home of pillowy, fresh-fried, cream-filled doughnuts.

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