The first time I had District Taco was after a bourbon-filled evening with my friend-couple and the subsequent next day hunger that resulted. Carly had to head to work, but we stopped by District Taco for their breakfast tacos. I usually make my own breakfast burritos, but District Taco has me put to shame. The corn tortilla was filled with egg whites, cheese, black beans, cilantro, pico de gallo, jalepeños, and it was delicious. The only problem was that it broke apart pretty easily, which was understandable since it was full, but still pretty annoying. Fortunately, District Taco is equipped with forks and I was able to make it work.
The average eater will be full after one taco. If you’re really hungry, maybe after two. And it would take an extraordinary hunger to devour three. I am not amongst the extraordinary in this case. I was very average, and very full. And I was hooked.
Before I go on to my next experience, I have to describe the venue a bit. When you enter, you’re immediately hit with yellows, reds, greens, and an overall festive feel. It’s well-lit and spacious on the inside. There are booths, tables, and stools, so no matter if you’re camping out there for a meal or just dropping in quickly, you can have a seat and feel comfortable. Despite the fact that there are only two cashiers, things seem to move with purpose and I’ve never waited more than about 3-4 minutes to order. If you’re eating in the restaurant, they bring your food to your table and that takes maybe 5 minutes. It’s quick and it’s easy.
So anyway, on to my second visit. Last week when I went to District Taco, I attempted two tacos again. With just a Woodchuck in my stomach, I figured I could handle two. WRONG AGAIN! I went for the chicken taco with rice, cheese, black beans and jalepeños, and barely made it through the first. They look so small but they are so filling. I wrapped up the second one and took it home to reheat later as a midnight studying snack.
Carly, in all her creativity and ingenuity, created a fabulous drink that is completely free. District Taco offers soda water as well as regular water. The bubbly water, combined with cilantro and a squeeze of lime is super refreshing and a great way to counteract the heat of the spicy salsa offered at the salsa bar. We’re calling this fake cocktail a “Cilantro Limeade” and you should try it, whether at District Taco or at home.
Unfortunately, District Taco is still working on getting its liquor license. When that happens, I can recommend this place even more highly than Lime (which I will be reviewing sooner rather than later). So for the raging alcoholic in you, hit up a nearby bar or lounge before or after you go.
How to get there:
Take the metro to Eastern Market (blue/orange) and exit the station. It’s across the street from CVS.
How much you’ll spend:
Tacos are 3/$7. Split with friends. Be happy.