About Taqueria el Mexicano
The best, most authentic Mexican cooking in the area—nothing else comes close. Owners Bernardo and Clara Vargas hail from Puebla, reputed birthplace of mole, and their rendition of the renowned chocolate-laced, chili-based sauce is stunning—so rich, smoky, and complex you could write a dissertation on it. All the saucing is excellent. The pork adobo brings a thick cut of rib meat under a rojo, or red sauce, that will imprint itself not only on your fingers but also on your brain—likely for days. Each entrée comes with a textbook preparation of rice, beans, and house-made tortillas of such enviable artisanal roughness that no sauce can slip out. Don’t ignore the three salsas, all made from scratch each morning.
Where you can find it: 7811 Riggs Rd., Hyattsville; 301-434-0104
Also good: Tamales; grilled beef ribs; posole, a pork-and-hominy soup; sopes (corn cakes) with braised beef tongue.