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Old Town Has a New Taco Trailer With Waterfront Patio Seating

Riverside Taco Company just opened along the banks of the Potomac River

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ARP [official photo]

A prolific Alexandria restaurant group just unveiled a Mexican-themed patio perched on the boat-lined banks of the Potomac River in Old Town.

Riverside Taco Company (105 North Union Street) comes from Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP), which operates go-to waterfront destinations Vola’s Dockside Grill and Virtue Feed & Grain nearby.

An Airstream trailer nestled next to Alexandria’s iconic Torpedo Factory Art Center sells tacos, bowls, and starters such as street corn, salsa, and guacamole. Patrons can grab their orders at the trailer and take a seat on an adjoining 60-seat patio dotted with red and sea foam green chairs.

ARP [official photo]

Waterfront drinking calls for frozen margaritas that can be upgraded to passionfruit or mango. There’s also sangria, draft beers, and “High Noon” cocktails that mix vodka and soda with fruit juice (pineapple or ruby red grapefruit).

Six types of tacos ($4 each) feature options like house chorizo and potatoes; pork belly and agave glazed pineapple; and chicken pipian with pickled apples and pumpkin seeds.

Here’s a look at the menu:

RTC_Menu_05-28-19 (1) by on Scribd

The trailer opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 10 p.m. The restaurant group expects the trailer to stay open through at least October. It will retain the patio space during colder months when the trailer is closed.

ARP [official photo]
Tacos feature house-made corn tortillas, chopped cilantro and cotija cheese.
ARP [official photo]
A “breakfast all day” option lets patrons add an egg to any taco for $1.50
ARP [official photo]

In other ARP news, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant (1800 Diagonal Road) is undergoing renovations. The restaurant group bought an equity stake in the 33-year-old business from the legendary Redskins quarterback last year.

The 7,800-square-foot steakhouse next to the King Street Metro will add a new island bar with 20 draft lines. Steak-and-burger mainstays will be joined by newer items like pan-seared salmon, poke bowls, Southern fried chicken salad, and bottomless brunch bars.

Theismann’s will stay open during its months-long overhaul, operating as a pop-up bar called JT that serves happy hour and a pared-down menu of core dishes.

Renovations are projected to finish by mid-September, lining up with kickoff of the NFL’s 100th season and Theismann’s 70th birthday.

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