Quick Takes: Gringos & Mariachis

We sample terrific tacos in Bethesda.
Zesty tacos al pastor at Gringos & Mariachis. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The guys behind the red-sauce-slinging Olazzo—a hearty-Italian-American restaurant in Bethesda and Silver Spring—are an unlikely source for some of the area’s top tacos and margaritas. But at this dark, mural-painted taqueria, which opened in February, they’ve pulled it off.

We tore through corn tortillas holding grilled carne asada with avocado salsa, al pastor-style pork with pineapple, and best of all, fried fish with Sriracha and slaw. Drinks are similarly tough to choose from—whether the bracing jalapeño-cucumber margarita, the just-sweet-enough ginger-hibiscus version, or a smoky spin dashed with mezcal. But you could always linger at the reclaimed-wood bar over an order of duck nachos and knock back all three.

This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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