La Sirenita: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

La Sirenita: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012
Sopas des mariscos (seafood soup) at La Sirenita. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The reason to drop by this Mexican restaurant is the menudo, a hard-to-find soup made with tripe and simmered for hours that many Mexicans regard as the ultimate in comfort food. That explains the crowded, noisy room. But the denizens of Little Mexico, the immigrant community clustered in and around the Bladensburg/Hyattsville area, also come for the chilaquiles (a glorious mess of torn corn tortillas, red or green chili sauce, a fried egg, queso fresco, and a fried chicken cutlet), the huevos rancheros, and the posole, a robust pork-and-hominy soup. One dish is plenty and will take you well past lunch, but don’t ignore one of the best guacamoles in the area. Daily 9 am to 10 pm.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.