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Spice Up Everyday Dining With a Dose of Chilaquiles

A fiesta in every bite

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Good chilaquiles know how to play with texture. The crunch of tortilla chips is softened ever so slightly after being simmered with salsa. Add some flame-licked proteins, maybe an egg, and a few refreshing garnishes like queso fresco and cilantro, and the Tex-Mex staple becomes a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Traditionally, chilaquiles are eaten for breakfast or brunch. But here in D.C. the dish can be found on menus throughout the day, making it easy to score a zesty-crunchy-meaty fix just about any time. At Taco Bamba the dish inhabits the breakfast menu, but is served all day. Over at Taqueria Habanero in Columbia Heights it is a house specialty. Fare Well, the Atlas District’s vegan diner, even makes a version that late-risers can enjoy during lunch or dinner.

Here are a dozen spots to feast on chilaquiles in the DMV.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Fondita

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4901 Decatur St
Hyattsville, MD
(301) 699-0785
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Fans rave about the authenticity of the food at this cozy neighborhood restaurant. Chilaquiles (both red and green) are included on the menu.

2. Fare Well

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406 H St NE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 299-9700
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Do vegan style chilaquiles here, where the dish comes topped with scrambled tofu and cilantro crema.

3. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 484-0301
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Soak up those mimosas with some scrambled egg and chorizo-topped chilaquiles here during weekend brunch.

4. El Camino

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108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 847-0419
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Chilaquiles appear on this Bloomingdale restaurant’s brunch menu accompanied by fried eggs and caramelized onions.

5. El Torogoz Restaurant

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4231 9th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 722-6966
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This popular Petworth spot serves chilaquiles in a spicy red sauce, and tops everything off with avocado.

6. El Sol

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1227 11th St NW
Washington, D.C.

At $17.95, El Sol’s 3-course brunch is a steal. Chilaquiles verdes (made with green salsa) are available as a main. They are also featured during lunch and dinner.

7. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 290-3313
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A standard order of chilaquiles, featuring scrambled eggs, black beans, ranchero sauce, queso fresco, and cilantro, is $7 during brunch. Fold in a favorite meat ($4 for al pastor, carne asada or chicken) or vegetables ($2) at will.

8. Taqueria Habanero

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3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

It’s hard to visit Taqueria Habanero and not order tacos. But those with an especially large appetite will be rewarded with the dish that features fried eggs and, if ordered, any protein featured on the menu (from steak and chicken to shrimp and tilapia).

9. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

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3714 14th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(202) 815-4789
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This Columbia Heights spot offers chilaquiles with salsa verde and eggs on its very substantial lunch and dinner menu.

10. Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

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1727 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
(703) 807-0840
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The newly renovated Guajillo crowns its fried tortilla chips ($12) with salsa ranchera, queso fresco, scrambled eggs, and sour cream. Beef things up by folding in grilled chicken or marinated pork for $3 more, or add skirt steak or lamb for $4 apiece.

11. Taco Bamba (Multiple Locations)

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164 Maple Avenue West
Vienna, VA

The base of the chilaquiles at Taco Bamba is super simple: just tortilla chips, crema, beans and avocado. But diners can add any meat they’d like for just $2 more.

12. Los Toltecos (Multiple Locations)

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5614 Ox Rd
Fairfax Station, VA
(703) 425-8844
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This homegrown chain of restaurants heaps stewed chicken atop tortilla chips, then smothers it all with zesty salsa and fried eggs. Mounds of seasoned rice, shredded lettuce and guacamole round out the generously proportioned meal.

1. La Fondita

4901 Decatur St, Hyattsville, MD

Fans rave about the authenticity of the food at this cozy neighborhood restaurant. Chilaquiles (both red and green) are included on the menu.

4901 Decatur St
Hyattsville, MD

2. Fare Well

406 H St NE, Washington, D.C.

Do vegan style chilaquiles here, where the dish comes topped with scrambled tofu and cilantro crema.

406 H St NE
Washington, D.C.

3. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C.

Soak up those mimosas with some scrambled egg and chorizo-topped chilaquiles here during weekend brunch.

301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C.

4. El Camino

108 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Chilaquiles appear on this Bloomingdale restaurant’s brunch menu accompanied by fried eggs and caramelized onions.

108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

5. El Torogoz Restaurant

4231 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

This popular Petworth spot serves chilaquiles in a spicy red sauce, and tops everything off with avocado.

4231 9th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

6. El Sol

1227 11th St NW, Washington, D.C.

At $17.95, El Sol’s 3-course brunch is a steal. Chilaquiles verdes (made with green salsa) are available as a main. They are also featured during lunch and dinner.

1227 11th St NW
Washington, D.C.

7. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, D.C.

A standard order of chilaquiles, featuring scrambled eggs, black beans, ranchero sauce, queso fresco, and cilantro, is $7 during brunch. Fold in a favorite meat ($4 for al pastor, carne asada or chicken) or vegetables ($2) at will.

3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C.

8. Taqueria Habanero

3710 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

It’s hard to visit Taqueria Habanero and not order tacos. But those with an especially large appetite will be rewarded with the dish that features fried eggs and, if ordered, any protein featured on the menu (from steak and chicken to shrimp and tilapia).

3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

9. Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

3714 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.

This Columbia Heights spot offers chilaquiles with salsa verde and eggs on its very substantial lunch and dinner menu.

3714 14th St NW
Washington, D.C.

10. Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

1727 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

The newly renovated Guajillo crowns its fried tortilla chips ($12) with salsa ranchera, queso fresco, scrambled eggs, and sour cream. Beef things up by folding in grilled chicken or marinated pork for $3 more, or add skirt steak or lamb for $4 apiece.

1727 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA

11. Taco Bamba (Multiple Locations)

164 Maple Avenue West, Vienna, VA

The base of the chilaquiles at Taco Bamba is super simple: just tortilla chips, crema, beans and avocado. But diners can add any meat they’d like for just $2 more.

164 Maple Avenue West
Vienna, VA

12. Los Toltecos (Multiple Locations)

5614 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA

This homegrown chain of restaurants heaps stewed chicken atop tortilla chips, then smothers it all with zesty salsa and fried eggs. Mounds of seasoned rice, shredded lettuce and guacamole round out the generously proportioned meal.

5614 Ox Rd
Fairfax Station, VA

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