Cheap Eats 2009: Guajillo

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: You’ll find the usual pileup of Americanized chimichangas and burritos in this colorful dining room, but the more traditional Mexican specials are the reason to grab a table. Not to mention a bottomless supply of freshly fried chips and dark-roasted salsa.

What to get: Fried sweet plantains with sour cream; shrimp ceviche; chicken-stuffed tamales; carnitas, caramelized hunks of pork with garlic and onion; pork tacos; chicken in rich mole sauce.

Best for: A pick-me-up meal. If the sunny vibe doesn’t do it, the margaritas will.

Insider tip: At lunch, two tacos—or a taco and an enchilada—plus beans and rice are $5.50.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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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 Logan Circle.