Good morning my Wild Ones!
So, I don’t know what happened, but I worked really hard to make sure this was posted yesterday. After a long day of class and lab (and a splendid nap), I realized at 8:35 pm that it did not post. So sorry if you came yesterday looking for it! But alas, it’s here!
When you have a feisty stomach like mine, sometimes Mexican food is the only thing that can quench your hunger. In Alabama, I used to take a weekly trip to my favorite Mexican spot to eat my favorite Mexican dish- Chimichangas. It was one of my favorite things every week, but moving to a new city has made it a bit difficult to keep up this joyous tradition. As the blossoming foodie I am and with my voracious and feisty appetite, I set out on a mission to find the best Mexican food in DC. I experienced four different Mexican restaurants, and I think I found my new spot. So here are my thoughts from my least to most favorite places.
4. El Centro
1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
As a vegetarian, I am definitely used to having more options than El Centro offered me. Mexican food is usually great for vegetarians, so I was quite disappointed. My belief is that good food should not make me feel like I’m missing something just because I do not eat meat. So what made them dead last?
- They did not have chimichangas. A deep fried burrito is quintessentially Mexican (according to the thoughts of a non-Mexican individual), so I find it dishonest to call yourself a Mexican restaurant without them. I’m pretty sure I’m unashamedly biased though.
- My food had very shallow flavors.
- $12 for vegetarian tacos with poor flavor profiles and moderate portions were simply not worth it for me.
- They did not have good hot sauce. For some people this is a nonfactor, but remember my feisty appetite? I honestly put hot sauce on every bite, so it becomes a part of the whole eating experience for me. Every real Mexican restaurant should have El Yucateco hot sauce- plain and simple. They did not have anything even remotely close or hot.
- Least metro accessible of all these places.
La Chiquita Restaurant IV
6211 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782
This is also another places that is not very vegetarian friendly. The only vegetarian options are salads and pupusas. But despite that, I really enjoy this place. The pupusas are around $1, and they’re really tasty. With some pico de gallo and a mango smoothie, it’s a perfect meal. Also, they are about a 2 minute walk from PG Plaza station on the green/yellow line. But once again, no chimichangas, so I can’t imagine them being too high on this list for me.
*Note this is a Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant (more on the Salvadoran side), so I can’t fault them for their lack of deep fried burrito goodness.
1301 U St NW # 113, Washington, DC 20009
Finally, a vegetarian friendly restaurant with chimichangas! The chimichangas were delicious. The beans were very watery which I thought was strange, but the flavors were still quite tasty. With only a five minute walk (if that) from the U Street train station on the green/yellow line, it’s a no-brainer. One problem I had was that they did not have good hot sauce. When El Yucateco is not at the Mexican restaurant, I question if I should be there either. The did have Cholula though, but that clearly has very little spice. Also, they have a good happy hours for both those who do or do not drink. Overall, this is a winner in my book.
1129 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Also known as my happy place. The chimichangas are delicious, and the platters come with guacamole, beans, rice, and pico de gallo. The reason this is my favorite is because
- The food is delicious.
- I don’t feel like I’m missing out because I’m vegetarian.
- A platter (with guacamole, beans, rice, and pico de gallo) is only around $8. Which is something that puts it above Alero’s $13 chimichangas that offer around the same things.
- El Yucateco is here! This makes so much difference.
- Small, homey, hole-in-the-wall place.
- About a 6 minute walk from the Mt. Vernon station on the green/yellow line.
Hope this helped you guys! If you’re in the DMV area, check these places out. If not, be sure to explore the foods in your own city!
So now that I’ve started afresh, there’s a new blogging schedule. Every week, be on the lookout for Wild Extremities Wednesday where I share my own Wild Extremities along with the tips I’ve used to navigate them. Then on Thursday’s be ready for Passion Thursday’s where I talk about my passions whether that be poetry, music, or even D.C. living. DC living is a new aspect of my passions which is why today’s post is a bit different. I am still on the hunt for good Indian food in the city, so be on the look for that post in the coming weeks!
BTW: Does my featured image accurately depict of my extensive Mexican food hunt?
Much success in your food journeys,