Cheap Eats 2013: Mama Chuy

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Tacos are among the highlights of the menu at Mama Chuy. The ones shown here are filled with carne asada, marinated pork, and chorizo. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The patio overlooking Howard University may not be a picture-perfect perch to sip margaritas and munch on chips and guac. But if you’ve tired of boisterous happy-hour scenes, this tiny brother/sister operation is a wonderful antidote. The cooking is the draw, particularly the cocktail-party-size sopes and tacos, which have the depth and detail you’d find at one of José Andrés’s small-plates extravaganzas—at a fraction of the cost.

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