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Rebel Taco’s lush, color-soaked patio front features a satellite bar (left) and communal tables.
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This D.C. Block Is the New Destination for All Things Taco

Local favorite Rebel Taco joins a Mt. Vernon Triangle stretch suddenly stuffed with Mexican spots

Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Is Mt. Vernon Triangle D.C.’s newest Mexican food hotspot? Rebel Taco’s long-awaited K Street NW location is the latest addition to a corridor randomly rising with taco-and-tequila places.

A wood-framed outdoor bar showcases margaritas in mango, strawberry, and seasonal (blueberry) flavors.
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The weeks-old Rebel Taco brings the neighborhood a four-hour happy hour, debut tacos like juicy lamb birria dipped in consomme, churro bites, and Coronas by the bucket. A floral-framed patio bar sends out fresh or frozen colorful margaritas and commands foot traffic attention out front (508 K Street NW). B Social Hospitality’s newest Rebel Taco trails 2021 arrivals of two Mexican restaurants at the same 5th and K Street intersection: Richard Sandoval’s flashy DLeña and trendy street taco chain Bartaco.

“When we signed the lease [in 2019], no tacos were really in the area,” B Social Hospitality co-owner Christal Bramson tells Eater. “That came as a surprise. But they are all very different.”

The Mexican cuisine cluster includes existing competition from next-door Laredo Taco Company, easily overlooked inside a 7-11 with surprisingly solid breakfast tacos, and fellow local chain El Sol Mexican Grill a little walk west on K Street NW.

An airy margarita garden and daily deals all over help Rebel Taco stand apart from the pack, with $8 margs, $6 sangrias, $6 wines, and $20 beer buckets from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Both Bartaco and DLeña offer shorter weekday happy hours at the bar only.) Bramson already notices lots of nearby AC Hotel guests rolling in with luggage for a post-checkout margarita.

A stylish “tequila library” sits on the mezzanine level.
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A fast-casual counter upon entry sends out Rebel Taco hits like cornflake-battered “Shrimp Gone Wild” tacos along with new cactus-topped tacos and a crunchy bowl. Rebel Taco’s inaugural D.C. location on U Street NW is offline for now, she says, and the team is toying with doing a late-night takeout window out front. The Clarendon-born taco truck will expand to suburbia soon with a 5,000-square-foot Rebel Taco in Brambleton, Virginia featuring a huge patio.

Mike and Christal Bramson’s fast-growing B Social Hospitality (Alias on 14th, Clarendon Pop-Up Bar, and The Lot) has two big area openings slated for September: feather-filled rooftop bar Coco B’s above B Live in Clarendon and The Cove, a tropical waterfront beer garden in Navy Yard.

Braised lamb shoulder tacos with Mexican cheese, onions, cilantro and consomme broth for dipping.
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Meaty burritos join weekend-only options stuffed with scrambled egg (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
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Rebel Taco serves grilled street corn, loaded nachos, and tacos on homemade corn tortillas.
Albert Ting for Rebel Taco
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