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 2009: Taqueria Distrito Federal

Walking into this Columbia Heights institution is like taking a quickie Mexican vacation, thanks to a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe and crowds of Latino families. Your order should include at least one of the tacos ($2.50 each)—we especially like the crumbly, rich chorizo and the barbecue-like pork carnitas.

The barbacoa res beef burrito ($7) is another favorite, the meat simmered with tomatoes and peppers before getting rolled up with beans, rice, crema, cheese, onions, cilantro, and avocado. For a meal on the go, grab a milanesa de pollo torta ($7), a breaded-chicken sandwich served with avocado, beans, mayo, and cheese. Horchata, a cool rice-and-cinnamon-based drink, pairs nicely with the vibrant flavors

Note: The taqueria’s second location in DC’s Petworth lacks the transportive charm and consistent cooking of the original.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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