Ever since moving to this area 4 years ago I have been on a search, as have many, for good Mexican. Having grown up in Southern California I missed the simple, cheap food that was so easily accessible there. I tried Lauriol Plaza, Cactus Cantina...they were sufficient for the craving but little else. Then I found El Tamarindo in Dupont/Adams Morgan, at 18th and Columbian. While incredibly cheap and yummy, it still specialized in the Salvadoran side of things. Then I found Taco House in Arlington/Crystal City on the 23rd Street restaurant row. Yummy fajitas, enchilidas, and a pretty good combo plate. Specials are good too. For the most part quite cheap and friendly service. They have a patio which is nice in warmer times but the inside is just as good, with those big oil paintings of people in traditional clothing. It really reminds me the most of the food I would get in Southern California. Normally I wouldn't want to let the cat out of the bag but it looks like their business has fallen off a bit post-Sept. 11. I just wanted to share with those seeking good cheap Mexican.