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Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite Mexican Spot?
Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite Mexican Spot?

There is nothing better this time of year then sitting outside with chips, queso and a cold margarita. It’s quite possible that I could eat Mexican every night and be happy. It’s also quite possible that I’d become a bit overweight so I only allow myself to indulge once a week.

Check out some of my favorite restaurants below and vote on yours!

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana- One can't go wrong with anything by Jose Andres. The food is spectacular (I’m partial to the soft tacos)... but the real reason you go to Oyamel is the tableside guacamole, which is better than Rosa Mexicana’s. Get the guacamole spicy and you will not be disappointed. For a fun twist on a margarita, get the Oyamel Margarita; it has whipped salty air on top as apposed to a salted rim. If you are looking for gourmet Mexican food and great cuisine, Oyamel is the place to go.

Uncle Julios Rio Grande- They make their own tortillas on-site and their house salsa is spicy and smoky which I love. Their fajita fixings are fresh and high quality and I always wash the food down with a Swirl (Frozen Margarita layered with home-made frozen Sangria). If you are in the DC area and have a fajita fix, this is the place to go.

Lauriol Plaza- I love it here because it’s a nice, but casual Mexican place in a trendy area and the roof seating is lovely. The salads are very good and filling along with the fajitas. Order a pitcher of swirled frozen margaritas, and nibble on the light, crisp corn chips with fresh, spicy salsa while waiting for your entrée. Additionally, check out their list of specials- it’s a bit expensive, but you won't be disappointed.  The regular menu portions are large and reasonably priced, but it’s a highly social experience so usually very crowded like Cactus Cantina. You may have to wait for a table, but you can stand by the bar and sip on a margarita until a table opens up, which makes the wait worthwhile.

Chevy’s Arlington- A year ago I came here with my family, ordered the Tostada Salad with fajita grilled chicken, fresh guacamole, romaine lettuce and a variation of cheeses which was not good. However, I went back with a friend this past week and loved my meal. I had two soft tacos with mesquite-grilled chicken, Pico de Gallo, crumbled cotija cheese, and topped with a chipotle aioli (delicious)! The plate is huge and filling with my favorite rice. I was pretty full after one taco so I had the other for lunch and I even purchased the salsa and queso dip to take home. The fajita nachos and the chicken tamales in lime are also very good.

Guajillo Grill- Very authentic. Strong margaritas, good salsa and guacamole as well as excellent fish tacos.
Good bang for your buck and a nice change from chain restaurants. I ordered the fish and shrimp ceviche as an appetizer because I heard it was “one of the best.” It was good, but a little too fishy for my taste. 

Cactus Cantina- Love the big seating area. Food portions are generous and not outrageously priced. Food isn't anything more special than your regular Tex-Mex menu. However, the food is good. It's seasoned well, cooked well and I always walk away satisfied. The sangria is delicious, as is the swirl strawberry and lime margarita.

El Mexicano- Great happy hour specials ($2 domestic $3 imports $3 rail $4 Margaritas, all day every day). For takeout this place is the best. I'm a fan of the tacos and the tamales and they have one of the tastiest taco salads I’ve ever had.


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