Takorean Will Open Its First Restaurant in Downtown DC

Plus a newly-expanded menu for all locations.

One of Takorean's new menu items: roasted cauliflower with spiced kale slaw. Photograph courtesy of Takorean.

Good news for Korean taco fans: Takorean will open its first Downtown DC eatery this summer at 13th and F Streets, Northwest. Originally a food truck concept—and the first to bring Asian-style tacos to the DC roadways—founder Mike Lenard has expanded to brick-and-mortar locations in Union Market and Navy Yard. His third will be in the Eat at National Place food hall near Warner Theater.

Takorean’s core dishes have remained relatively the same since its beginning in 2010, with options like bulgogi beef or chili chicken stuffed into warm corn tortillas with kimchi slaw. Along with the announcement of the new location, Lenard is launching an expanded menu at all branches. Vegetarians can now pick between glazed tofu and a seasonal vegetable as the main filling; roasted cauliflower with soy-orange glaze is the pick for spring. Other additions include brown rice bowls, Korean-style salsa roja spiked with spicy gochujang sauce, and toppings like vegan avocado crema or an organic soft egg.

The Eat at National Place location is slated to open in early summer.

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.