I would be lying if I said I didn’t get tacos from Torchy’s, fajitas from Chuy’s, or queso from Fuego at least once a week. As a Texas native, Mexican food has always been a staple in my weekly diet. So, as you can imagine, as soon as I arrived in D.C., I was upset to hear that most of the Mexican food here gets a bad rep. So, to put that theory to the test, I’ve spent the last month trying out Tex-Mex restaurants in the area so that you don’t have to!
Tacombi, located in Crystal City, is the cutest little cantina-style restaurant with quick and easy dining. I ordered a burrito with beans, chicken, and cheese and had chips and guacamole on the side. While the prices don’t compare to those in Texas, this meal was decently priced for a casual weeknight dinner in D.C.
District Taco is another contender for the best tacos in D.C. Located in the Eastern Market area; this is the perfect place to stop and grab a bite after a long day of shopping. While their specialty is tacos, they also have quesadillas, burritos, and appetizers. This was some of the best food I’ve had in D.C., and the prices were not bad at all.
Last but not least is Republic Cantina. This is, in my opinion, the best Mexican restaurant in D.C. It is more of a sit-down restaurant, and the prices reflect that, but it is well worth the money for the quality of food you’re getting. I ordered the poblano chicken enchiladas and can truly say it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
While I highly suggest all of these restaurants, I also encourage you to search and find your favorites in the city! Most of the fun came from going with friends to try each place out, so whether it’s Tex-Mex, seafood, or Chinese, take time to find what you like and make it fun!
Texas A&M AgriLife Federal Relations
Summer 2022 | Washington, D.C.