I am constantly on a search for the perfect taco. No really, constantly. Coming from California where Spanish influence is evident(from the street names to the food), I went into a state of culture shock when I moved to Washington, D.C. only to realize that finding something as simple as a quality taco was like finding a needle in a haystack.
I have walked by District Taco on F Street many times without entertaining the thought of giving it a try. Not because of negative stories or bad advertising but because I have been disappointed far too many times with what I will refer to as “the bad DC taco.”
Due to the freezing weather conditions and my need for all things spicy, and warm; today, I knew it was time for me to take a chance. After all, there has to be something special about any business that successfully transitioned from a food truck to a restaurant.
When I first walked into District Taco I was a bit taken aback with the magnitude of the lunch rush but the music and faint sounds of spatulas on flat tops solidified my decision to wait patiently and place my order. After just 2 minutes of waiting in line one of the cashiers escorted me and another patron to the back of the restaurant to place our orders and expedite the speed of the line. With the helpful guidance of the cashier I decided on three tacos: two carne asada tacos (a taco with grilled chopped steak), and one fish taco which was their special for the day.
I received my food within five minutes of ordering, immediately hit the salsa bar and grabbed a seat upstairs at a shared dining table. The first taco I tasted was the carne asada taco with a flour tortilla and toppings of my choice (pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese). The second taco was a carne asada taco with a corn tortilla the “Mexican way” with onions and cilantro. Lastly, the third taco was the fish taco which had its own special sauce and shredded cabbage.
Within first bite I knew I had made the right decision by giving District Taco a try. The carne asada could have used more of a char but was well-seasoned with garlic and the perfect amount of salt. The fish was lightly breaded, fried until golden, flaky and flavorful. All of the toppings were fresh, (my personal favorite being the citrusy pico de gallo) and the corn tortillas were delicious without being dried out or stale tasting.
Could I liken the tacos at District Taco to the tacos I could grab on the street corners of Los Angeles…not quite, but were they some of best D.C. tacos I have had to date, yes!
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