May 20, 2021

My DC Recommendations

Disclaimer: this is coming from a person who has lived in DC for almost 2 years and is in his early 30s...

Mexican Food

  • Taqueria Habanero
  • Oyamel, Jose Andres' Mexican restaurant)
  • Cielo Rojo (chilaquiles, waffle 'sope')
  • Muchas Gracias
  • Taqueria Xochitl (queso birria tacos, tlayudas, horchata, choco flan)
  • El Sol
  • Poca Madre (fancy Mexican food, but soo good) ☹️ closed?
  • Little Miner Taco (In Maryland but their food truck comes to DC and they're opening a DC location soon)
  • Las Gemelas (tacos, tlayudas, tortillas)
  • TexMex

  • Republic Cantina (fajitas, breakfast tacos, spicy marg)
  • Puerto Rican

  • La Famosa (cafecitos, arroz con gandules, tripleta, pastries: quesitos and guava pastelitos!)
  • Cuban

  • Colada Shop (cubanitos, guava bbq lechon sandwich)
  • Mi Cuba Cafe (ropa vieja)
  • Other

  • China Chilcano (Peruvian Criollo+Chinese+Japanese, good chilcanos & ceviche)
  • Chicken & Whiskey (good chicken and whiskey)
  • Roy Boys (fried chicken sandwiches)
  • Astro Donuts (donuts + fried chicken)
  • ABC Pony (
  • Jaleo (Spanish food
  • Union Market (try many restaurants at once!)
  • Lucky Buns (burgers)
  • Haydees's Restaurant (good for karaoke, not the food...)
  • Bars

  • 600t - lowkey speakeasy
  • ABC Pony (great burgers) From their website: "...menu that explores the intersectionality between Italian and Asian cuisines."
  • Breweries

  • Atlas Brewery
  • Bardo Brewing - outdoor drinking
  • Latino groceries

  • El Progreso, 3158 Mt Pleasant St NW (its small, you can pick up tamales from the cash register too)
  • Mi Casita has good corn tamales, and has conchas and bolillos
  • This is the ONE where you’ll find everything: Mega Mart Latino Supermarket, 1101 University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD
  • Places to dance cumbia (post-pandemic)

    This 30+ year old cant do late nights anymore, so...

  • Cafe Citron/Tropicalia (get there early, gets crowded late at night)
  • Wherever DJ Sir Ramses and DJs Leon/Claudia City Sounds spin music at