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Guajillo

1727 N. Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

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

Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Rowdy

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://www.guajillogrill.com/

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 2010: Guajillo

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: This regional Mexican kitchen in the Courthouse neighborhood pays attention to the little things: Many plates are garnished with citrus-infused beets, blue corn is used for the rustic quesadillas, and the ginger lemonade tastes fresh-squeezed.

What to get: Fried sweet plantains with sour cream and black beans; shrimp ceviche; maritas de puerco, a pork dish that recalls fried chicken; quesadillas pressed with huitlacoche, an earthy corn fungus that tastes much better than it sounds; carnitas with garlic and onion; grilled shrimp mexicali; pork tacos; chicken mole; churros drizzled with caramel.

Best for: Pigging out. From bottomless baskets of chips and warm salsa to extra-large desserts, it’s tough to walk away hungry.

Insider tip: Located in the same shopping strip as Pho 75 and Ray’s Hell-Burger, this is a low-key alternative when those places are too crowded.

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