Warm Up At our Favorite Alexandria, VA Mexican Restaurants Close to The Parker
Alexandria’s come a long way on the Mexican food front, and as the weather gets colder, we start to crave all the spicy foods—from enchiladas to chiles rellenos to crispy chips and guacamole.
To those who don’t think Taco Bell is real Mexican food: this post is for you. Some of the following restaurants could fall under Tex-Mex or other fusions—but they all taste amazing. (Note: all restaurants have been chosen based on their delicious food and on their proximity to The Parker.)
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Taqueria el Poblano
Taqueria el Poblano has been listed in Zagat’s 2014 Top Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in DC Area list and won #1 Best Margarita in DC 2015 & 2015—and they’re not even located in DC. They may not be the absolute best place on this list (it’s highly contested), but for the most part, they live up to the hype!
Try the LA Crispy Tacos. The shrimp tacos also get major props for freshness and amazing flavor profiles: crispy and well balanced with massive pieces of shrimp. Don’t go too hungry—you’ll likely encounter a line out the door most nights of the week.
Dos Amigos is right off the Braddock Metro, making it a good place to grab yummy nachos and a beer after work. Their fresh salsa tastes homemade, while other restaurants may use canned or just not pay much attention to the balance of flavor.
The standout dishes are their beef and cheese enchiladas, full of tender, melt-in-your mouth shredded meat and just the right amount of red sauce—or their Dos Amigos fajitas, which include chicken, steak, and shrimp. You can’t go wrong with either.
Los Tios Grill
Ok first off, let’s get one thing straight—Los Tios Grill is not technically a Mexican Restaurant. But they don’t pretend to be. They describe their cuisine as “Fine Tex-Mex & Salvadorian Food.” Now that we’ve gotten that settled, can we talk about how mouthwatering their perfectly-thin crispy chips are. The salsa’s pretty mild and smooth (nothing too crazy there). Add in an order of their chicken fajitas with caramelized onions and charred jalapeño peppers, and you’ll be set.
It may not be entirely authentic Mexican food—but for a place to get out with friends and enjoy a filling meal, it’s perfect. Get there early—everybody and their brother knows about this joint.
Two words: spicy Margaritas. Oh wait—let’s make that four words: spicy Margaritas and Queso. Los Cuates may not have the flashiest ambiance, but this humble little Old Town establishment can hold its own on the Alexandria East-Coast Mexican food scene. Get the Quesadillas Appetizer if you’re starving, then place an order for Tacos al Carbon, which is served with a side of rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and Mexican butter. Wash it all down with a Margarita (or two).
Sometimes, a taco can only do so much—they hit a taco ceiling of sorts, and you need amazing salsa and guacamole to take things up a notch. District Taco knows that. And they’ve crafted some excellent condiments to help compliment your meal. On top of that, every meal is super customizable.
Want to add bacon to your taco? You can do that. Want Frijoles Pintos instead of Frijoles Negros? Of course. Want your toppings the Mexican way (cilantro and onion)? Done. Want them the American Way (cheese, lettuce, and pico de gallo)? Done and done. Want to choose your own toppings? Have it your way. This is really what the forefathers meant when they wrote about freedom, right?
NEW El Paso Mexican Restaurant
Let’s hear it for the new kid on the block! El Paso Mexican Restaurant serves up some great Tex-Mex dishes. Just one scroll through the Yelp photos, and you’ll be on your way out the door before you can say olé (well, OK, maybe not that fast.) If you work nearby, make this your new lunch spot, and feel happier every day.
Image Source: Flickr via jeffreyww