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A Favorite D.C. Taqueria Expands With a NoVa Outpost

El Sol Vienna is the largest restaurant yet for brother-sister duo Jessica and Alfredo Solis

El Sol taco
Alfredo Solis’s fresh tortillas and slow-braised carnita
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After opening a trio of popular restaurants in D.C., sibling chefs Jessica and Alfredo Solis are venturing into Virginia for the first time with a new outpost of El Sol that debuts today in Vienna. The duo already operate the original El Sol, as well as Mezcalero and the newer Anafre, which serves up Mexican seafood dishes like Yucatan shrimp tostadas.

El Sol Vienna is located at 262 Cedar Lane at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Park Street in a plaza currently undergoing redevelopment. This is the restaurateurs’ largest venture to date, clocking in at 80 seats and 3900 square feet (it’s their first restaurant to offer a private dining space too, with room for up to 20 guests).

NoVa diners will be able to order entrees that are popular at the D.C. El Sol, like tacos and carne asada. A few dishes from Anafre will land in Vienna too, including Sinaloan-style Ceviche Vuelve a la Vida, featuring fresh oysters, shrimp, fish, octopus, avocado and spicy tomato, and queso fundido grilled in a banana leaf.

Mezcal and tequila are the focus of a full bar, and El Sol Vienna will serve up weekend brunch too. “We just set out to cook the food we grew up eating and now we have four restaurants. It’s incredible,” Jessica Solis said in a press release about the newest addition to their portfolio.

El Sol VA’s dining room
Photo: El Sol
El Sol VA
Photo: El Sol
El Sol VA
Photo:  El Sol