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A chicken burrito from Muchas Gracias.
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Where to Grab a Burrito Around D.C.

Burritos full of charred sweet potatoes, birria de res, and carne asada with fries are all new to the scene

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A chicken burrito from Muchas Gracias.
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Washington’s Mexican food scene has been on the rise in recent years, including restaurants that grind their own heirloom corn, carryout spots that stuff tortillas with Korean bulgogi, and food hall vendors that pack birria de res into every conceivable dish. Many places that sell the city’s favorite burritos have been around for years, slinging the ginormous, Americanized rolls of grilled or stewed proteins that have powered the nation’s Chipotle-ification. This map offers a mix of new and old places to fulfill a burrito fix, including options for takeout and delivery.

D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Muchas Gracias

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5029 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-5000
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Oyamel alum Christian Irabién’s acclaimed Mexican takeout spot in Upper Northwest has quickly amassed a steady following for its lunchtime burritos, full of braised short ribs or charred sweet potatoes, that pay homage to the filling lunches he ate growing up in Northern Mexico and West Texas. Order takeout or delivery online or make a reservation. — Tierney Plumb

A chicken burrito from Muchas Gracias.
A chicken burrito from Muchas Gracias.
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2. Little Miner Taco

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3809 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood, MD 20722
(301) 288-3553
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Little Miner was one of the first local businesses to hop on the quesabirria trend, but that’s not the only SoCal staple available from its roving truck and Maryland food hall stalls (Brentwood, North Bethesda). Carne asada burritos come with fries and avocado salsa inside and an exterior squiggle of Sriracha aioli. There’s a cheesy birria burrito, too. Order online here, and find the food truck’s latest parking spot here.

3. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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3714 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 803-2114
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At Mezcalero — and sister spot El Sol in Logan Circle — brother-and-sister chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis serve massive burritos in a mojada (wet) style, meaning they’re doused in red salsa. Any of the taco fillings are fair game, but smoky chicken tinga and well-rendered pork carnitas are two stellar options. Mezcalero wraps burritos in hand-made corn tortillas, with flour available upon request. Order takeout online here.

4. Taqueria Habanero (Multiple locations)

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3710 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 722-7700
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This top-tier taqueria from Puebla native Dio Montero and Mirna Alvarado sells fat burritos with the full range of taco fillings, including chicken tinga, birria ($3 extra), and octopus ($4 surcharge). Order online here for the 14th Street NW location. Habanero also has a sister shop in College Park, Maryland.

5. Cactus Cantina

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3300 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-7222
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Arguably D.C.’s top Tex-Mex restaurant, Cactus Cantina serves a burrito gordo with shredded beef or chicken, an ancho chile sauce, and shredded cheese. Order online here.

6. Super Tacos & Bakery

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1762 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-7121
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One of the best low-key places to find Mexican food in D.C. is this tiny streetfront counter in Adams Morgan full of birthday cakes in the back and construction workers eating on stools in the front. Super Tacos offers nine types of burritos, all $10 or less, including guacamole. The ilegal variety is packed with carne asada, and there are options for cochinita pibil (roasted pork), lengua, and chorizo. Order pickup or delivery online here.

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7. El Tamarindo

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1785 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-3660
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Since 1982, people have flocked to the Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant in Adams Morgan for late-night pupusas. But burritos are also a big draw, especially a twin platter that serves chicken and beef wraps smothered in green and red salsas. Order online for pickup, with indoor and outdoor dining available too.

8. Bandit Taco (Multiple locations)

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1946 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 609-8127
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A relative newcomer to the burrito scene, Bandit Taco started in 2017 and quickly drew a following for superior salsas and an infusion of international flavors. Along with rich black beans, burritos here show off Korean bulgogi beef and Filipino adobo chicken along with more traditional Mexican meats. There’s a second location in Tenleytown. Order online for pickup.

9. Surfside (Multiple locations)

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1800 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-1830
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Dupont club hoppers known to congregate at the Surfside counter for late-night drunk food are no more during the pandemic, but its burritos are still available for takeout and delivery. Named after exotic locales, there’s the Tortola — a vehicle for teriyaki chicken — and the Andros, with grilled steak and grilled corn. The homegrown chain opened a huge location in Tenleytown a year ago and the latest arrival sits on the Wharf.

10. The Well Dressed Burrito

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1220 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-0515
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Turn into a Dupont alley and follow the sign of the penguin in a sombrero to access this lunch-only venue owned by the folks from the dearly departed CF Folks. Burritos come with marinated steak or chicken or “fajita style.” For $1.50 more, people can upgrade to an El Gordo burrito that weighs a full pound and comes with enchilada sauce. There are patio seats outside, and customers can also call in orders or use a variety of third-party delivery apps (found here).

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11. El Rinconcito Cafe

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1129 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-4110
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An essential Sal-Mex staple, El Rinconcito sells generously portioned burrito platters that come with all the fixings (guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream) and some of the best Spanish rice and refried beans in town. The burritos here are topped with melted mozzarella and Monterrey cheeses along with a red sauce. Order online.

12. District Taco (Multiple locations)

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1309 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-7359
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This DMV chain offers all of its taco fillings — the grilled chicken is a winner — in burrito form. There’s also a mojado upgrade to get burritos covered in spicy salsa. Takeout and delivery, with dine-in at some locations.

13. Burrito Brothers of Capitol Hill

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205 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6835
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California transplants will be delighted to find an option to incorporate French fries into their burritos, which are available in three different sizes: “little brother,” 12-inch tortillas, or 14-inch tortillas. Order online for pickup or third-party delivery.

14. Paraíso Taquería & Mezcalería

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1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4368
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The colorful replacement restaurant to Emilie’s in Capitol Hill sells six different types of burritos, including a Yucatán-style chicken pibil, a roated salmon tinga burrito, and a crispy cauliflower burrito for vegetarians. Order online here.

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15. Burrito Bros

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2599 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 302-3999
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This burrito cart on Columbia Pike used to be known as Pedro and Vinny’s but broke off on its own in 2017. The Burrito Bros keep it simple with options for beef, chicken, pork, and veggie fillings. Call ahead to order.

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1. Muchas Gracias

5029 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
A chicken burrito from Muchas Gracias.
A chicken burrito from Muchas Gracias.
Holly Barzyk/Muchas Gracias

Oyamel alum Christian Irabién’s acclaimed Mexican takeout spot in Upper Northwest has quickly amassed a steady following for its lunchtime burritos, full of braised short ribs or charred sweet potatoes, that pay homage to the filling lunches he ate growing up in Northern Mexico and West Texas. Order takeout or delivery online or make a reservation. — Tierney Plumb

5029 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. Little Miner Taco

3809 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722

Little Miner was one of the first local businesses to hop on the quesabirria trend, but that’s not the only SoCal staple available from its roving truck and Maryland food hall stalls (Brentwood, North Bethesda). Carne asada burritos come with fries and avocado salsa inside and an exterior squiggle of Sriracha aioli. There’s a cheesy birria burrito, too. Order online here, and find the food truck’s latest parking spot here.

3809 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood, MD 20722

3. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

3714 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

At Mezcalero — and sister spot El Sol in Logan Circle — brother-and-sister chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis serve massive burritos in a mojada (wet) style, meaning they’re doused in red salsa. Any of the taco fillings are fair game, but smoky chicken tinga and well-rendered pork carnitas are two stellar options. Mezcalero wraps burritos in hand-made corn tortillas, with flour available upon request. Order takeout online here.

3714 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. Taqueria Habanero (Multiple locations)

3710 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

This top-tier taqueria from Puebla native Dio Montero and Mirna Alvarado sells fat burritos with the full range of taco fillings, including chicken tinga, birria ($3 extra), and octopus ($4 surcharge). Order online here for the 14th Street NW location. Habanero also has a sister shop in College Park, Maryland.

3710 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

5. Cactus Cantina

3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Arguably D.C.’s top Tex-Mex restaurant, Cactus Cantina serves a burrito gordo with shredded beef or chicken, an ancho chile sauce, and shredded cheese. Order online here.

3300 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

6. Super Tacos & Bakery

1762 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

One of the best low-key places to find Mexican food in D.C. is this tiny streetfront counter in Adams Morgan full of birthday cakes in the back and construction workers eating on stools in the front. Super Tacos offers nine types of burritos, all $10 or less, including guacamole. The ilegal variety is packed with carne asada, and there are options for cochinita pibil (roasted pork), lengua, and chorizo. Order pickup or delivery online here.

1762 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. El Tamarindo

1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Since 1982, people have flocked to the Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant in Adams Morgan for late-night pupusas. But burritos are also a big draw, especially a twin platter that serves chicken and beef wraps smothered in green and red salsas. Order online for pickup, with indoor and outdoor dining available too.

1785 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Bandit Taco (Multiple locations)

1946 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

A relative newcomer to the burrito scene, Bandit Taco started in 2017 and quickly drew a following for superior salsas and an infusion of international flavors. Along with rich black beans, burritos here show off Korean bulgogi beef and Filipino adobo chicken along with more traditional Mexican meats. There’s a second location in Tenleytown. Order online for pickup.

1946 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Surfside (Multiple locations)

1800 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dupont club hoppers known to congregate at the Surfside counter for late-night drunk food are no more during the pandemic, but its burritos are still available for takeout and delivery. Named after exotic locales, there’s the Tortola — a vehicle for teriyaki chicken — and the Andros, with grilled steak and grilled corn. The homegrown chain opened a huge location in Tenleytown a year ago and the latest arrival sits on the Wharf.

1800 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

10. The Well Dressed Burrito

1220 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Turn into a Dupont alley and follow the sign of the penguin in a sombrero to access this lunch-only venue owned by the folks from the dearly departed CF Folks. Burritos come with marinated steak or chicken or “fajita style.” For $1.50 more, people can upgrade to an El Gordo burrito that weighs a full pound and comes with enchilada sauce. There are patio seats outside, and customers can also call in orders or use a variety of third-party delivery apps (found here).

1220 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. El Rinconcito Cafe

1129 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

An essential Sal-Mex staple, El Rinconcito sells generously portioned burrito platters that come with all the fixings (guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream) and some of the best Spanish rice and refried beans in town. The burritos here are topped with melted mozzarella and Monterrey cheeses along with a red sauce. Order online.

1129 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. District Taco (Multiple locations)

1309 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

This DMV chain offers all of its taco fillings — the grilled chicken is a winner — in burrito form. There’s also a mojado upgrade to get burritos covered in spicy salsa. Takeout and delivery, with dine-in at some locations.

1309 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Burrito Brothers of Capitol Hill

205 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

California transplants will be delighted to find an option to incorporate French fries into their burritos, which are available in three different sizes: “little brother,” 12-inch tortillas, or 14-inch tortillas. Order online for pickup or third-party delivery.

205 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Paraíso Taquería & Mezcalería

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Paraiso [official]

The colorful replacement restaurant to Emilie’s in Capitol Hill sells six different types of burritos, including a Yucatán-style chicken pibil, a roated salmon tinga burrito, and a crispy cauliflower burrito for vegetarians. Order online here.

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Burrito Bros

2599 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Burrito Bros/official photo

This burrito cart on Columbia Pike used to be known as Pedro and Vinny’s but broke off on its own in 2017. The Burrito Bros keep it simple with options for beef, chicken, pork, and veggie fillings. Call ahead to order.

2599 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

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