Taqueria Distrito Federal - Columbia Heights

3463 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20010


Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights

Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Thursday through Saturday 8 AM to 11 PM; Sunday through Wednesday 8 AM to 9 PM.

Nearby Metro Stops: Columbia Heights

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted


Best Dishes:
Tacos—both the soft two-ply and the fried versions—filled with baby-pork ribs, chorizo, or pulled goat; burrito with red beans, rice, and smoky barbacoa; chicken Milanese torta; torta al pastor; horchata.

Price Details:
All items $2 to $6.

Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Taqueria Distrito Federal

Taqueria Distrito Federal (3463 14th St., NW, 202-276-7331; 805 Kennedy St., NW, 202-545-6990). The original 14th Street location of this Mexican taqueria remains transportive, thanks to the festive colors, the Spanish-speaking staff, and the smoking chilies that can cause a sweet burn in your throat as you wait for your order. Standout tacos ($2.50 each) include the paprika-spiked chorizo and the sweet, smoky carnitas.

Among the burritos ($7), we favor the barbacoa res, the beef made richer by long-simmered tomato and pepper flavors. Equally delicious was a breaded-chicken sandwich piled high with queso blanco and avocado ($7). The new location in DC’s Petworth has yet to achieve the consistency—or the atmosphere—of the original. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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