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Has anyone tried El Nopalito in Silver Spring??

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Has anyone tried El Nopalito in Silver Spring??

Terrie H. | Apr 22, 2002 05:37 PM

The bit of buzz that I've read is that the chef has worked in some top notch DC kitchens and that his approach is "authentic" Mexican food.

I've only been there once, about 6 weeks ago, and the food had real promise. We were there on a Wed. night and it was packed - which seemed to be a huge problem for this new place when it came to the service - definitely not enough service to go around. The "atmosphere" is non-existent (I'm certain that they are using the bare bones that the former occupant left behind -- bright florescent lighting, conference room chairs) which I assume/pray will improve with the success of the place.

In my one visit, I was only able to taste 2 dishes, which were very good, and was hoping some of you other Hounds might have eaten here to give additional input.

We had ribs with chipotle sauce and steak with mole sauce. Both pieces of meat were top quality (especially the steak - one of the best I've had in ages) and cooked perfectly. But, both sauces, though outstanding in their own right, were served on the side as "dips". My idea of mole is that the meat is simmered in it, but I'm sure I'm not being open to new cooking with that opinion. That steak was really really good...

There were many other menu items I would like to try, especially a salmon with yellow mole on the menu that intrigued me, because I'm quite curious about the yellow mole.

This place is located in the Plaza Del Mercado (Layhill area). Anyone have experiences there?

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