Try Lalomita's on Capitol Hill. There are two actually. Lalomita's Dos
is on the 300 Block of Pennsylvania Ave, SE. The original Lalomita's is
around 11th and Penn, SE. Both have good food, good service, and
There are a few good ones in Northern Virginia. Try:
Tres Amigos, 10900 Lee Highway near the intersection with Rt 50
El Torito in McClean in the Tysons Corner Shopping Center
El Grande in the Reston Town Center
All are crowded on weekends, and are reasonably priced.
My wife and I like El Cachito in Falls Church (on Washington Blvd.). This
restaurant is a small "hole in the wall" which serves up pretty good food,
most of it fairly authentic (we don't get tacos, burritos, etc. Instead
we tend to order such things as grilled goat, chicken mole, etc.). It's
pretty cheap, too, and they have a coupon in the Entertainment '95 book.
I have to put in a good word for the Santa Fe Cafe in Rosslyn, VA.
The owner, Kip Laramie, also has a new place up the road a bit
called Sagebrush. More or less the same menu.
At lunch, it's a carry out place where you order at the counter and
then find a table. At dinner, they have a regular wait staff and
a more extensive menu. The portions are more moderate than what
you get at places like Rio Grande, and are much less expensive.
The other night, I had a Vidalia onion and green chile quesadilla
that was outstanding, priced at around $5. They have all the
regular tex-mex stuff, but their specials sometimes have more
exotic ingredients, such as the goat cheese and applewood smoked
Best of all, in addition to the cheap, good food, they have three
good beers on tap (currently Victory Amber, Potomac Ale, and
Tupper's Hop Pocket) and a cooler full of other good beer, such
as Sierra Nevada, various Dominion products, Rappahannock Red,
Negro Modelo, etc.
This is a cheap-eats place, and while the atmosphere is in no
way unpleasant, it's nothing special, either.
Located on Wilson Blvd., right next to the big metal sculpture.
Sorry. As an expatriate Angeleno, my experience is that even the Mexican
food here that people most enjoy would shame the chain restaurants in LA
if they served it. The Southwestern food (i.e. Red Sage) and the
nouvelle Spanish food (e.g. Jaleo) ranges up to great, though. If you
want the sort of food you can get at a taqueria, you can find that at
places like El Tazumel in Clarendon, but it won't compare to the really
good places in LA. Also, no one hear seems to realize that there should
be enough tequila in a margarita to give it almost a faint medicinal
quality. (Trust me, it's pleasant, once you learn how to drink it.)
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ps. Tell him you saw my reccomendation on the INTERNET.
I like Guapo's at the Tenley-AU metro. The food is good and service
are very good and the prices are reasonable.
>if you are looking for "THE BEST" in Mexican food, I have the best answer
Just a quick question about good, real, authentic, great, etc Mexican food:
The best Mexican food in Oaxaca is likely to be quite different from that in
say Merida which again is somewhat different that that served at Su Casa in
Now, I wonder which is the authentic, real Mexican?
My point is that we distinguish between Northern Italian food and Southern
Italian cooking. We understand the distinction. The regional variations
in Italian cooking are real and meaningful.
Do we lump Mexican cooking into a single olla.
Brian J. Larkin
Scott Haas in lovely Herndon, VA
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Toritos closed replaced by another, just as awful, chain. Tres Amigos
sucks. I have heard so-so things about the place in Reston Town Center.
Ashok, you need to get out more. :)
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>Toritos closed replaced by another, just as awful, chain. Tres Amigos
>sucks. I have heard so-so things about the place in Reston Town Center.
>Ashok, you need to get out more. :)
Thanks for the update. I have been following the thread and it
looks like some other places are worth trying.
>In article <1196645...@csgi.com> Sheree_...@csgi.com (Sheree L. Storm) writes:
>>Has anyone got a recommendation for GOOD Mexican food on the cheap and
>>cheerful side? I'm California have have found nothing to compare. Something
>>in VA/DC would be great.
>There are a few good ones in Northern Virginia. Try:
>Tres Amigos, 10900 Lee Highway near the intersection with Rt 50
>El Torito in McClean in the Tysons Corner Shopping Center
>El Grande in the Reston Town Center
>All are crowded on weekends, and are reasonably priced.
Tres Amigos is mediocre as is El Grande. El Torito is just plain
awful. "Mexican" food for people who really don't like Mexican food.
With all the responses this thread has received I cannot believe that
the above is the only (until now) plug for Tortilla Factory.
If Friday Night or Saturday go early or late. During "normal" dinner
hours the place is PACKED. We usually get take out when we know the
mob will be there.
Always full during the week at lunch time.
Have taken Californians (San Jose area) there and been given the big
thumbs up. Every Mexican food nut I know who has gone after I
suggeted it has had a very good experience.
Don't miss out. Go there today!!
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Sorry, I forgot to say where it was. It's on U Street between 16th and
15th, where Zig Zag coffee used to be.
There is an excellent "New Mexican" restaurant in DC, called Las Cruces.
The cooking style is from the town of the same name in New Mexcio.
The Stacked enchiladas are awesome, especially with the hot green chili
Beats El Torito like a rented mule.
Sounds interesting...where is it located? What's it look like? Service?
etc.? (As an aside, Las Cruces is pronounced, in case anyone is interested,
Las Crew-sis. We used to get lots of interesting pronounciation from newly
sorry I can't think of the address off the top of my head.
aescott (aes...@dc.infi.net) wrote:
: Have been followin the thread and noted the variety of tastes in
I would give Cactus Joe's in Germantown a shot. The portions are huge, tasty,
but a bit on the pricey side ($8-$12) for a mexican place. It is located on
118 and Middlebrook.
Kevin M. King
Medical Student ('98)
Disclaimer: These are my opinions. The DoD, Army and USUHS can get
> >There is an excellent "New Mexican" restaurant in DC, called Las Cruces.
> >The cooking style is from the town of the same name in New Mexcio.
> > [snip]
> Sounds interesting...where is it located? What's it look like? Service?
> etc.? (As an aside, Las Cruces is pronounced, in case anyone is interested,
> Las Crew-sis. We used to get lots of interesting pronounciation from newly
> arrived Easterners.)
Las Cruces is located on U street between 15th and 16th. It's on the
south side of the street (right side when coming from 16th). Stairs take
you down to below street level. The sign is pretty obvious.
I second the vote for this restaurant. It offers "New Mexican" style
cuisine (which means many dishes come smothered in green or red chile
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>Las Cruces is located on U street between 15th and 16th. It's on the
>south side of the street (right side when coming from 16th). Stairs take
>you down to below street level. The sign is pretty obvious.
>I second the vote for this restaurant. It offers "New Mexican" style
>cuisine (which means many dishes come smothered in green or red chile
The sauce *is* good, but when I went there a few weeks ago the enchiladas
everybody at the table ordered came with only a dab of the green sauce on
the edge, much to our dismay. We had to ask for more. I take it that's not
the usual pattern?
Aside from that, great service. Suitably wacked-out decor too.
Rob Pegoraro Work address: pego...@washpost.com
Arlington, Va., USA But I'm speaking only for myself here
I've only been once, about four years ago, and I wasn't impressed. The
place was billed as the closest thing in Washington to Tucson/
Phoenix-style Mexican food, and while it was fine, it didn't distinguish
itself compared with Anita's or Enriqueta's or the other places I was
frequenting at the time. If I lived in Herndon, I'd go there often for
mediocre Mexican food; since I live on the Hill, I often go to La Lomita
for mediocre Mexican food.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: The place to go in the D.C.
area these days is Chevy's. Chevy's is the first place I've found to
really bridge the gap between the grilled-fajita school and the
"authentic" school. For the former, Cactus Cantina (best margaritas I've
ever had, BTW) and Rio Grande set the standard; for the latter, the
pickings are slim, but I'd probably go with El Tamarindo.
University of Arizona, Class of '84
> In article <3ra683$3...@access4.digex.net>,
> Chris <am...@access4.digex.net> wrote:
> >There is an excellent "New Mexican" restaurant in DC, called Las Cruces.
> Sorry, I forgot to say where it was. It's on U Street between 16th and
> 15th, where Zig Zag coffee used to be.
Why, oh why, did Zig-Zag have to go?
I've always liked the Tortilla Factory, mainly for lunch. I don't think
it's the best food I've ever had, but it's good. Of course, I almost
always get the same thing, so maybe only the cheese enchiladas are good...
I like their salsa better than most, and the food's cheap.
On the subject of Anita's, the food's good enough while being consumed,
but I am always very, very sorry that I ate it. I'm done going there.
I'll throw a plug to Austin Grill, while I'm writing. Their food's
always good, but if you want to accompany your meal with Celis White,
go to the one on Wisconsin, not Old Town. Why they aren't serving
beer actually made in Austin at the Alexandria location, I am not
sure. I've asked. Even if the white doesn't go over that well, the
Pale 'Bock' and Golden probably would do okay.
Santa Fe Cafe still ranks number one on my list using the good food/
great beer matrix.
>Has anyone got a recommendation for GOOD Mexican food on the cheap and
>cheerful side? I'm California have have found nothing to compare. Something
>in VA/DC would be great.
Try Tres Amigos in Fairfax near Route 50 and Route 29. I lived in California for a few years and know what you mean.
Apparently you have not been following this thread since last week.
Some people thought Tres Amigos was 'yuk'.
In article <3rkn42$r...@moose.gdss.grumman.com>, she...@gdss.grumman.com(Ashok) said:
>>Try Tres Amigos in Fairfax near Route 50 and Route 29.
>Apparently you have not been following this thread since last week.
>Some people thought Tres Amigos was 'yuk'.
As another person who yesterday recommended Tres Amigos, I'll say that no,
I haven't been following this thread since last week. However, I also dare
say that "yuk" does not qualify as a review. Why didn't they like it? What
do they consider "good" Mexican food? The fact that some people didn't
like Tres Amigos in no way invalidates the opinion of those of us who do.
I find their food to be flavorful and reasonably presented. The service is
more than adequate.
By the way, another decent place is Finicky's on Old Courthouse Road in
Vienna, shortly before the intersection with Rt 123 when coming from
Gallows Road. I like their flautas.
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The best place I know of is Santa Fe Cafe in Rosslyn (of all places!)
across from the Safeway with the parking garage. It's more of a "New
Mexican" food and the chips (blue and white) they make themselves. The
lunch scene is a walk up and order deal - best bargain around. At dinner
there are menus and waitstaff and a much more festive atmosphere.
Judith O'Brien NDN...@prodigy.com
"yuk" was the word I used, instead of the original 'S--' word. As a
matter of fact I was the one who had recommended Tres Amigos and Rio
Grande (Reston) at the beginning of the thread. Some like them
I've been told by another former Finicky's patron that they are out of
business now. :-(