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Gooey Cheese Map: Where to Eat Queso Fundido in D.C.

It's the appetizer that cheese addicts just have to order.

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There's just something about queso fundido, gooey melted cheese that’s often charred on top and spiked with hot peppers or chorizo. Typically thicker than chile con queso, the shareable appetizer at many Mexican restaurants frequently comes with with tortillas instead of chips.

Here are several places to sample the dish around town. Have another favorite source for queso fundido? Share in the comments.

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Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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Queso fundido fans have two options here, both priced at $11. Pick between spicy chorizo or wild mushrooms to put on top of peppers blended with Oaxcaca and Chihuahua cheese.

Johnny Pistolas

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For silky smooth, unadulterated queso fundido, this Adams Morgan Mexican spot serves melted Montecito cheese with tortillas for $8.

Espita Mezcaleria

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At the Southern Mexican-themed Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw, $13 queso fundido includes a blend of Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and jack cheeses along with inventive add-ins like a spiced walnut vinaigrette and maitake mushrooms.

Guapo's of Georgetown

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Local chain Guapos, which just added a futuristic new location on the Georgetown waterfront, serves up warm corn tortillas with a tray of melted Chihuahua cheese. Find it for $9, and add chorizo for $2 more.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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On the late-night menu, Oyamel serves Chihuahua cheese flambeed with tequila and served with tortillas. It costs $8, or $10 with chorizo.

Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

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Beyond just its queso dip, Arlington’s Guajillo serves queso fundido with melted cheese, mushrooms, poblanos, and onions with a choice of meat (beef, chicken, or chorizo) for $12.95.

Mi Vida Restaurante

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New York chef Roberto Santibañez’s Mi Vida at the Wharf serves $11 skillets of queso fundido with broiled chihuahua and Oaxaca cheeses along with chorizo, salsa verde, and hand-pressed tortillas.

Mission - Navy Yard

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Photogenic queso fundido skillets are on the menu at Mission’s 10,000-square-foot restaurant next to Nationals Park. The $12 dish includes a mix of Oaxaca, cojita, and Chihuahua cheeses along with fire-roasted chiles, cilantro, and Hatch chile dust.  

Queso fundido skillet at Mission
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Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen

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The Houston chain’s sole location outside of Texas serves a bubbling blend of Mexican white cheese in cast iron skillets. Customers can order it with chorizo ($11.950, sautéed vegetables ($10.95), or shrimp ($13.95).

Taqueria el Poblano

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The smell of chorizo wafts through the restaurant with every order of Poblano’s broiled queso dip for $7.95. Find it at the local chain’s three restaurants in Arlington and Alexandria.

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

Queso fundido fans have two options here, both priced at $11. Pick between spicy chorizo or wild mushrooms to put on top of peppers blended with Oaxcaca and Chihuahua cheese.

Johnny Pistolas

For silky smooth, unadulterated queso fundido, this Adams Morgan Mexican spot serves melted Montecito cheese with tortillas for $8.

Espita Mezcaleria

At the Southern Mexican-themed Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw, $13 queso fundido includes a blend of Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and jack cheeses along with inventive add-ins like a spiced walnut vinaigrette and maitake mushrooms.

Guapo's of Georgetown

Local chain Guapos, which just added a futuristic new location on the Georgetown waterfront, serves up warm corn tortillas with a tray of melted Chihuahua cheese. Find it for $9, and add chorizo for $2 more.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

On the late-night menu, Oyamel serves Chihuahua cheese flambeed with tequila and served with tortillas. It costs $8, or $10 with chorizo.

Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

Beyond just its queso dip, Arlington’s Guajillo serves queso fundido with melted cheese, mushrooms, poblanos, and onions with a choice of meat (beef, chicken, or chorizo) for $12.95.

Mi Vida Restaurante

New York chef Roberto Santibañez’s Mi Vida at the Wharf serves $11 skillets of queso fundido with broiled chihuahua and Oaxaca cheeses along with chorizo, salsa verde, and hand-pressed tortillas.

Mission - Navy Yard

Queso fundido skillet at Mission
Lenore T. Adkins/Eater DC

Photogenic queso fundido skillets are on the menu at Mission’s 10,000-square-foot restaurant next to Nationals Park. The $12 dish includes a mix of Oaxaca, cojita, and Chihuahua cheeses along with fire-roasted chiles, cilantro, and Hatch chile dust.  

Queso fundido skillet at Mission
Lenore T. Adkins/Eater DC

Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen

The Houston chain’s sole location outside of Texas serves a bubbling blend of Mexican white cheese in cast iron skillets. Customers can order it with chorizo ($11.950, sautéed vegetables ($10.95), or shrimp ($13.95).

Taqueria el Poblano

The smell of chorizo wafts through the restaurant with every order of Poblano’s broiled queso dip for $7.95. Find it at the local chain’s three restaurants in Arlington and Alexandria.

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