The fragrance of sizzling spiced meats waft through the brightly hued dining room of Azteca Restaurant and Cantina, enticing diners as they sit at cozy tables and pull cornflower-blue napkins into their laps. Helmed by owners James Burick and Mario Orellana, Azteca Restaurant and Cantina titillates taste buds with generous portions of unusual yet authentic Tex-Mex eats. Diners can rev up their eating engines with the tamales de elote filled with creamy sweet corn before moving on to a beef chimichanga, a roundup of beef, beans, guacamole, and cheese in a tortilla big enough to blanket a replica of the Aztec pyramids. A sizzling plate of lobster-tail fajitas comes with chicken and beef, whereas the enchiladas monterrey provide a meat-free option resplendent with cheese and ranchero sauce.
Don't forget the chips and salsa at this delicious gem! Silvestre Cafe is a spot serving tasty Mexican fare. Dieters beware — Silvestre Cafe does not offer low-fat cuisine. Parents, bring your kids along to Silvestre Cafe, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Silvestre Cafe is come-as-you-are. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner is a stop at Brookland-Cua Metro (Red). Parking spaces are available curbside near the restaurant.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Silvestre Cafe, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.
For tasty Mexican fare, Washington's El Torogoz Restaurant is hard to top. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on El Torogoz Restaurant's menu that can cater to your needs. For comfortable outdoor service, El Torogoz Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. You can also have El Torogoz Restaurant cater your next event.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Your tab at El Torogoz Restaurant will generally run you about $30 per person.
Samantha's Restaurant melds a variety of Latin American culinary traditions into a single menu rife with fresh seafood, sizzling fajitas, and stuffed poblano peppers. Washingtonian magazine highlighted the masitas de puerco, a traditional Havana dish of bitter orange-marinated pork, as well as the "peppy mariachi soundtrack" that fosters a lively atmosphere. As appetizers of citrus-and-ginger-infused ceviche disappear like a repossessed magic kit, diners can turn their focus to mesquite-grilled fish or a refreshing cocktail from the fully stocked bar.
The challenge: eat a burrito in 45 minutes or less. But not just any burrito. A burrito that weighs four pounds. A burrito so awe-inspiring it even has a fearsome name: El Toro. One Saturday per month, Pica Taco holds a contest for any brave and hungry customer ready to take on the El Toro burrito challenge. Packed with the challenger’s choice of chicken, beef, or pork, the burrito is so huge, it must be wrapped in multiple full-size tortillas. Anyone who conquers the four-pounder gets their picture on the Wall of Champions, a $15 gift certificate, a champion t-shirt, and souvenir tostada molded in their likeness. And, of course, their burrito is on the house. But the El Torro isn’t the only thing that makes Pica Taco special. It’s also the friendly service and authentic Mexican cuisine created by owner Maria Villalta with recipes and techniques passed down to her from her mother. She also has a knack for remembering the faces and orders of repeat customers, and begins to prepare their favorite orders the moment they walk in. While regulars tend to stick with favorites like chorizo tortas or chicken enchiladas, Maria still tempts them with a changing daily special, which could be mole enchiladas or chicken flautas, depending on the day.
Have a relaxed night out at La Plaza Restaurant, a local restaurant with homemade Mexican fare. Come prepared to feast at La Plaza Restaurant — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and La Plaza Restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Got kids? No problem at La Plaza Restaurant! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — La Plaza Restaurant is great for large groups. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on La Plaza Restaurant's gorgeous patio.
The dress code is strictly casual at La Plaza Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Call La Plaza Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at La Plaza Restaurant's Pennsylvania Ave SE address. For those who wish to avoid traffic, La Plaza Restaurant is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Eastern Market Metro (Blue, Orange) and Capitol South Metro (Blue, Orange).
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.