4309 Kenilworth Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Breakfast
Open daily 10 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: West Hyattsville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Chiles rellenos; torta with beer-stewed beef, breaded chicken, or braised pork; seafood and shrimp soups; chicken, pork, or chorizo soft tacos; mole enchiladas; huevos rancheros; chilaquiles; housemade tortillas.
Appetizers $2 to $2.50; entrées $10 to $13.
El Tapatio (4309 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg; 301-403-8882). Generous plates and a jukebox with Latin American hits make this Little Mexico canteen popular with Latinos yearning for the flavors of home. Most dishes taste authentic, and because the tortillas are made in-house, tacos such as the pork carnitas or chorizo ($2.25 each) are reliably good.
More-substantial picks include huevos rancheros with green-chili sauce ($7.99); chilaquiles, a mound of tortillas torn into strips and layered with cheese and a fried egg ($8.99); and fat tortas, sandwiches stuffed with breaded chicken, braised pork, or beef steeped in beer ($5.75). You can take a little comfort home, too—a pack of six tortillas is $1.50. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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