1727 N. Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: South American, Mexican
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
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
Small plates $5 to $11; entrées $9 to $18.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating
This Mexican restaurant shares a strip-mall location with a burger joint and a pho parlor, but there's a feeling of authenticity thanks to dusky orange paint, Diego Rivera-esque paintings, and cowhide-wrapped chairs. The festive air starts with a bottomless basket of house-fried chips with a smoky salsa.
The kitchen's skill is evident in its mole, a sauce that involves no fewer than 15 ingredients and lots of hours. The rich and nutty version here comes ladled over chicken enchiladas. The mole and other regional dishes are most rewarding here; the Tex-Mex staples--quesadillas, chimichangas--are average.
Also good: Shrimp ceviche; plantains with black beans and Mexican crema; corn tamales with chicken; sopapillas; churros.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.