brunch at District Taco


Cross posted at The Hill is Home

Until a trip to Austin, Texas in 2012 I didn’t know what I was missing by never having tried a breakfast taco. It just makes so much sense! And now I can get them right up the street from my house, thanks to District Taco, which opened up this last spring at 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

I first heard of District Taco when I was working in Rosslyn; they were one the first, if not the first, food truck to serve the VA crowd. They eventually opened a brick-and-mortar location in Arlington and their popularity started to spread. And this last spring, they opened their third DC location in the space formerly occupied by Yes! Organic Market.

I was a bit overwhelmed by the options on my first visit but quickly deciphered the code. For tacos, pick your protein then toppings. If choosing a combination of three is too much, just pick between the “American Way” and “Mexican Way.” Then decide if you want a side of chips and guacamole or queso dip– butwhy would you not get a side of one or even both? While you wait for your order, check out your salsa selections and get ready for some tastiness. A word of caution: the spicy is SPICY. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

The menu also features items like burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more, in case you want something other than a taco.

I got three tacos during my first visit, all different ways so I could get a sense of what was really being offered. Not one of them disappointed. The queso dip was also excellent — and I am a bit picky with my cheese dip. Even when I reheated it the next day, it was pretty darn good.

A couple of weeks later I returned with a friend for breakfast. As with my dinner a couple of weeks earlier, the selection of three styles of breakfast tacos perfectly hit the spot. Then again, how can you go wrong when you have such a selection to play with? My favorite so far is the egg whites with bacon, cheese and guacamole.

One of the added benefits of District Taco is the large seating area. Since it is not a table-service restaurant, turnover is frequent enough that you can get a seat without a long wait. The atmosphere also makes it very kid-friendly, and since you can get just one taco, or 10, it’s a good choice if you need to satisfy tiny appetites along with your own.

No matter where your taco devotions lie, District Taco is a great addition to the neighborhood. Stop by and get creative with your fillings and toppings. Be sure to return for breakfast, because a breakfast taco with avocado and bacon is pretty hard to beat.

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