Fresh, warm handmade tortillas are good enough to eat sans filling–and worlds apart from the packaged variety. At El Tapatio (4309 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg; 301-403-8882), an authentic Guadalajaran cafe, the savory rounds of corn flour are baked on the griddle fresh daily. Call an hour in advance to order–they're six for $1. Chances are you'll eat a few on the way home, so figure accordingly or you won't have any left for tacos.
Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl. Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.