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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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3714 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 803-2114
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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.

2. Johnny Pistolas

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2333 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 817-3255
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For silky smooth, unadulterated queso fundido, this Adams Morgan Mexican spot serves melted Montecito cheese with tortillas for $8.

3. Espita Mezcaleria

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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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.

4. Guapo's of Georgetown

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3050 K Street NW Suite WG60
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 844-5777
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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.

5. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-1005
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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.

6. Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

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1727 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 807-0840
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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.

7. Mi Vida Restaurante

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98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
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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.

8. Mission - Navy Yard

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1221 Van St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 810-7010
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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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9. Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen

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2911 District Ave #170
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 992-9227
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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).

10. Taqueria el Poblano

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2400 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 548-8226
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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.

1. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

3714 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

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.

3714 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Johnny Pistolas

2333 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

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

2333 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

3. Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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.

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Guapo's of Georgetown

3050 K Street NW Suite WG60, Washington, DC 20007

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.

3050 K Street NW Suite WG60
Washington, DC 20007

5. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

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

401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

1727 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

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.

1727 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

7. Mi Vida Restaurante

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024

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.

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

8. Mission - Navy Yard

1221 Van St SE, Washington, DC 20003
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.  

1221 Van St SE
Washington, DC 20003

9. Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen

2911 District Ave #170, Fairfax, VA 22031

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).

2911 District Ave #170
Fairfax, VA 22031

10. Taqueria el Poblano

2400 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

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.

2400 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

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