Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: El Tapatio


The house-made tortillas are the draw at this brightly lit Mexican cafe popular with workers far from home. In the classic hangover cure/breakfast called chilaquiles ($8.99), they’re torn and tossed with a fried egg and red or green chili sauce. Bundled around spicy bits of chorizo or pork carnitas with cilantro and onion, they make a spare, authentic taco ($2.55).

Other bargains are the tortas ($5.75), crusty sandwiches filled with braised pork, beer-cooked beef, or breaded chicken, then topped with beans and avocado. The tortillas are usually available to go—a package of six for $1.50.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.