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Don Tito, Designer Tacos in Clarendon - Report

Steve | May 17, 201506:17 PM

My first bite at this new bar occupying the old Eventide space was a surprise. And a revelation. The ancho short ribs taco was outrageously good, a bit salty, but otherwise my second favorite taco in the DC area (after the taco de cabrito at TECC). My head was spinning. Could this yuppie magarita bar with a corporatized menu have a whole fleet of insanely delicious tacos waiting to turn the heads of those desperate for great, exciting, earthy tacos?

In short, no. No sort of fleet. It was a dinghy. I had four other items here, each a variation of 'not good.' Which is being kind.

At first I had no idea that a slightly salty taco was going to be the least of my worries. How about a sweet-as-dessert fish taco courtesy of a crema that a kindergardener would love? Or a Chinese five-spice pork taco that tasted like a slighly sweet sloppy joe?

The worst of the bunch was a small plate of crab croquettes that are suffocated in State Fair dough. The albondigas are ok, but since they come with a red 'enchilada' sauce and are stuffed with nacho cheese, they tasted like mediocre tex-mex instead of the great, moist, light and sophisticated version at Oyamel.

Tacos here are half price on Tuesdays 3pm-8pm. Word is out and after 6pm the place gets packed. I am tempted to go back on a Tuesday to see if there is any more gold to strike. it's cheap enough at half price so that it would be worth it to explore some more. But any hint of sweetness indicated on the menu, and i will veer away from those.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
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