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Casa Oaxaca, Adams Morgan

May 10, 2012

Chile rellenos, Casa Oaxaca, Adams Morgan

One type of food seriously lacking in DC: good Mexican food. Last night I tried Casa Oaxaca on 18th Street in Adams Morgan, a place a dozen people said they had “walked by” but no one had actually visited. Vegan chile rellenos stuffed with corn, pumpkin seeds, soy meat and veggies were tasty but seriously lacking in heat — where’s the firepower?!

Anyone have good Mexican recommendations? For a quick bite, I’m loyal to Chipotle. For a nicer meal, Oyamel is an always delicious bet. Lauriol Plaza has a great patio and fantastic drinks but is perennially overcrowded; at Rosa Mexicano, stick to the freshly-made guacamole and go somewhere else for your main course. One friends swears by La Loma on Capitol Hill; another is loyal to Taqueria Distrito Federal in Columbia Heights.

Your recommendations?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. lowandbhold permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:33 am

    I’m from Oklahoma and completely agree that DC is sorely lacking in good Mexican. Pedro & Vinny’s burrito stand is good for a quick bite, and better/fresher than Chipotle in my opinion, but I’ve yet to find a sit-down place that measures up. I’ve been meaning to try Lauriol Plaza, and there’s a place across from where I do yoga in Dupont that looks intriguing. If I try it out, I’ll report back.
    With Mexican, I think the key is finding the most hole in the wall joint you can in the most unassuming place possible. I’m always on the hunt.

    • May 10, 2012 5:28 pm

      Agree — hole-in-the-wall places are usually the best. Just need to FIND them!

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