Cheap Eats 2012: Guajillo
Chicken enchiladas with mole sauce at Guajillo. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Guajillo
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
Cheap Eats 2012

There are the obligatory enchiladas and quesadillas at this sunset-hued dining room, but the reasons to come are the regional Mexican specialties such as black mole, a complex and aromatic sauce that enlivens a breast of chicken, and masitas de puerco, cubes of crispy pork shoulder scented with orange.

You could easily fill up on the deliciously smoky salsa. Still, it’s tough to say no to starters like crusty-fried plantains with sour cream or a martini glass brimming with shrimp ceviche. Dessert is all about the sugar-dusted sopapillas.

Also good: Guacamole; queso fundido; chicken tamales; lamb tacos.

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