Cheap Eats 2013: El Chucho

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


Pork, hominy, and an intense red-chili broth come together in El Chucho’s posole. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About El Chucho Cocina Superior


3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
NW Northwest Dr
Silver Spring, MD

Jackie Greenbaum established herself as the queen of suburban chic with Jackie’s in Silver Spring. Her foray into DC is this valentine to Mexico’s bold street foods, among them an irresistible grilled corn on the cob and a lusty, porky posole. The most fun dish is the sloppiest: a pork torta drenched in chili sauce that comes with plastic gloves. But why bother with them? Knock back enough mezcal and you won’t care about the mess.

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.

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.