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Inside the Street Art-Inspired Tico, Opening Sunday

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Tico [Photos: R. Lopez]

Tico's design is meant to tell a story. Adrienne Schlow, chef and owner Michael Schlow's wife, collaborated on the space's interior with Elkus Manfredi and StreetSense. It takes cues from international street art and Schlow's own travels to Latin American countries. Eater took a tour while it was still under construction, and the restaurant is now ready to debut: it starts dinner service Sunday. The restaurant, designed to feel open without walls and a visible kitchen, has a ceviche bar, eclectic furniture and graffiti-style walls.

Tico's 50-item menu includes tacos, grilled items, ceviches, salads and plenty of vegetables. The restaurant is American with international influences: think dishes like spicy short rib tacos, or a cabbage salad with hazelnuts and a salsa verde vinaigrette. There's plenty of tequila to wash it all down. Guests who are overwhelmed by the choices can just ask the kitchen to feed them, with set price menus ranging from $35-$85 where the cooks take the reins.
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Tico DC

1926 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 319-1400 Visit Website


1926 14th St. NW Washington, DC