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La Sirenita

4911 Edmonston Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20781

301-864-0188

Neighborhood: Hyattsville

Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open daily except Tuesday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Wheelchair Accessible: 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: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2008: La Sirenita

Why go: It won’t satisfy the cravings of a native Los Angeleño or a homesick Texan, but this scruffy roadhouse gets closer to the authentic regional Mexican ideal than any restaurant in the area, from the house-made corn tortillas and chili-flecked guacamole to the zesty soups and stews.

What to get: Chilaquiles, a hangover-curing casserole that alternates corn tortillas with spoonfuls of red or green sauce—order it with a fried egg on top; chorizo, salty beef, and tongue tacos in two-ply corn tortillas with radish and a wedge of lime; a surprisingly light rendition of chile relleno; chicken mole, its sweet, complex sauce transforming the sometimes stringy meat; the pork-and-hominy stew called posole, festooned with cilantro and avocado.

Best for: A rollicking night out in a jukebox-loud atmosphere that calls to mind a dive along the Mexican border.

Insider tip: Skip dessert and head down the street to the tiny outpost of La Flor de Puebla, a Mexican bakery that produces, among other treats, wondrously light sugar doughnuts filled with cream.

Open daily except Tuesday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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