After a fire that closed it down for a while, Ercilia's restaurant in Mt. Pleasant is open with a new cleaner, more inviting look. This is a Salvadoran place with some Mexican and Italian (mostly spaghetti with different sauces and meats). I'd recommend the pupusas (all under $2) and the soups (around $4-8). My favorite pupusas are the bean and cheese (frijoles y queso) and pork and cheese (chicharron y queso). They also serve tacos, sandwiches, and various combo platters, along with special beverages like horchata and tamarind soda. Their tacos are a bit dry and not as good as Taco Pepitos or El Charrito Caminante. We've also tried the carne asada platter ($6.50) which is a good amount of food for the price, but the meat was salty and overcooked. It does come with some nice jalapeno/onion pickles, a chunk of salty queso fresco, seasoned rice, refried beans (very good) and a homemade tortilla. Though we haven't tried any, the soups seem to be the most popular with the locals. At 10:30 one morning, most of the Hispanic clientele were eating huge bowls of chicken, tripe, bean or seafood soups. Ercilia's has soup specials for each day. Some of the soups were served with lime and onion on the side.
Be forewarned, although the door indicates that they take credit cards, they're not yet able to accept credit/debit cards. Cash only. No table service. One must order at the counter and they call your number when your order's ready. Ercilia's is on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Irving Sts in NW D.C.