Chef Rolando Frias tells Eater the goal is to open just off H Street NE (809 12th Street NE) in the beginning of March, just a year after he opened the original Taqueria Al Lado in Adams Morgan. His focused, one-page menu lets patrons choose a taco, quesadilla, huarache, or salad ($4, $8, $8, and $12, respectively), and a protein from a list that includes al pastor, lengua, chicken tinga, vegan barbacoa, tempura-battered cod, and more.
Taqueria Al Lado II will be smaller than the first, with just eight seats inside plus a 12-seat patio out front. Carryout and delivery will also be a big part of the business.
While living in Mexico City as a college student, Ecuadorian-born Frias fell in love with the casual, straightforward cuisine he encountered at corner taco shops.
At Taqueria Al Lado, he prides himself on the deep care put into each tortilla. White corn sourced from a small farm in Oaxaca goes through the process of boiling, drying, and grinding in-house. That makes Taqueria Al Lado one of the few restaurants in town that nixtamalizes corn masa on the premises. Frias is also a partner and chef at Adams Morgan’s neighborhood Italian spot Osteria al Volo.
Adams Morgan’s cocktail list includes frozen or shaken margaritas, Palomas, sangrias, and mezcal mules, plus Mexican beers and micheladas. The plan is to keep tequila flowing on-site in Northeast until as late as 2 a.m on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends, per a recent Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) filing, with service starting at 11 a.m. daily.
After Horace and Dickie’s vacated there in March 2020, the aging building got a sleek makeover that included a fresh facade covered in silver steel and wood paneling.
The iconic blue-and-white carryout, known for its heaping styrofoam boxes of cornmeal-crusted fried whiting for around $15, blamed its demise on the gentrification of its booming nightlife neighborhood.
An institution for fish lovers in NE DC will go out of business as a of March 1st after 30 years.— Sam Ford (@SamFord7News) February 11, 2020
Horace and Dickies on 12th Street NE, near economically booming H Street, say the landlord wants the property and the city’s towing and ticketing their customers away. pic.twitter.com/wgqsbIUdUZ
While the original closed, Horace and Dickie’s maintains a local presence in Takoma that’s operated by owner Richard “Dickie” Shannon’s daughter.
H Street NE’s taco scene currently includes long-standing fixtures like Fresca Taqueria, Chupacabra, and Sol Mexican Grill.
- Adams Morgan Has a New Taqueria With Top-Notch Tortillas and Roofless Dining [EDC]
- Closing of Iconic Fried Fish Carryout Is Part of ‘Cultural Genocide,’ Owner Says [EDC]
- After 30 years, Horace and Dickies set to go out of business in March [WJLA]
- 22 Iconic D.C. Area Dishes Available for Takeout Right Now [EDC]