5 Fancy Tacos That Are Worth the Splurge

Turns out caviar and fatty tuna play well with tortillas.

Toro Taco at Shoto

1100 15th St., NW

The seven-month-old Japanese hit serves a lineup of several one-bite tacos, all en­cased in delicate potato chips. Our favorite filling is the most luxurious of the bunch: bits of fatty tuna with yuzu, truffle, and caviar ($18).

Fish Tacos at Mi Vida

98 District Sq., SW

The Baja-ish beauties at Roberto Santibañez’s flashy Wharf dining room are stuffed with crunchy-fried cod, spicy tar-tar sauce, pickled cabbage, and avocado-jalapeño salsa ($20).

Nori Taco at Minibar

855 E St., NW

Among the many courses on the $295 modernist tasting menu overseen by José Andrés is a miniature taco fashioned from aonori seaweed and filled with Ibérico pork, green tomato, and shiso.

Scallop Taco at Millie’s

4866 Massachusetts Ave., NW

The Nantucket-inspired Spring Valley social hub—the upscale sister restaurant to Surfside taqueria—wraps perfectly seared scallops with slaw, bacon, and blue cheese into two flour tortillas ($19).

Wagyu taco at Nobu

2525 M St., NW

The DC satellite of this chain of celeb-favorite Japanese dining rooms serves tiny potato chips curled around delicacies such as nubs of rare Wagyu beef with honey-truffle aïoli ($19).

Photographs courtesy of restaurants.
This article appears in the 
August 2022 issue of Washingtonian.

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.