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New Tacos to Try NOW (or on Cinco de Mayo)

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Given the fact that Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, it seems an opportune time to update Eater's Taco Heat Map for spring. New places added to the map include Dupont's Mission, Virginia's Don Lencho, the Impala takeout window and yet another District Taco. There are also some new tacos to try from such places as Fish Taco and Taco Bamba. And we can't forget El Rey's epic bacon-shell creation (which will only be available Monday).
—Tim Ebner and Missy Frederick


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0301
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Looking for the heat? Then head to Agua 301 and try the kimchi taco. It comes served with carne, kimchi, cotija cheese and a citrus aioli sauce.

2. El Centro D.F.

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1218 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
202-333-4100
For something a little less traditional, head to the Georgetown branch of El Centro DF. The Greek taco is their take on a souvlaki sandwich. It comes with grilled chicken, chipotle yogurt, cucumber and is served on a pita bread tortilla.

3. El Rey

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919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-506-6418
El Rey is U Street’s newest taqueria and outdoor beer garden. And already, people are lining up (there’s a takeout window) to try Chef Jorge Pimentel’s tacos. Soft shell tortillas are made by hand, and there’s a gluten free variety. The carne asada with charred beef, radishes, cilantro, and onion is an early frontrunner. Meanwhile, on Cinco De Mayo, they'll be whipping up a five pork taco with a bacon shell.

4. Far East Taco Grille

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409-A 15th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
202-601-4346
Far East Taco Grille went from food truck to Capitol Hill restaurant this September. The restaurant concept is much the same as the food truck. First, pick a protein -- pork, chicken, steak, or tofu -- then dress it up with sauces and coleslaw.

5. Fish Taco

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7945 MacArthur Blvd
Cabin John, MD 20818
301-229-0900
New additions to Fish Taco's spring menu include a carnitas taco and a barbacoa taco.

6. Impala Cantina y Taqueria

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1358 H Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
While they ready their brick and mortar location, Tacos Impala has been serving up tacos from their takeout window. Give the pork belly taco a try, and watch their twitter account (@ImpalaDC) for hours and offerings.

7. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Drive
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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For an authentic Mexican taco, order the crispy tripe (small beef intestines) taco at Victor Albisu’s Taco Bamba. The restaurant also serves up interesting specials: a recent special combined the tripe with tongue meat.

8. TaKorean

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
The latest addition at TaKorean is a pulled pork taco that packs a spicy punch. That’s because the taco uses Ssamjang sauce, a spicy Korean chili pepper paste. It can be found at TaKorean’s Union Market stall or on any food truck stop.

9. Taqueria Nacional

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1409 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 299-1122
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Taqueria Nacional has a new bison tongue taco that apparently sells pretty fast. “By the end of the weekend, we’re usually all out,” says manger Dot Steck. The bison tongue comes from a farm in Virginia and usually arrives by Thursdays. They braise it, and serve it with cilantro, onions, and pico de gallo. Another taco special, the root vegetable taco, is vegetarian approved. It uses seasonal and organic beets, parsnips, carrots, and rutabaga.

10. Mission

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1606 20th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 299-0909
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Mission Taqueria is the latest project from the R&R taqueria team. Give the mahi mahi tacos a try.

11. Don Lencho

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9116 Mathis Ave
Manassas, VA 20110
Don Lencho has an entire menu of tacos to choose from. The restaurant, from the Guajillo team, just opened in Manassas. Lamb and tongue can be found among the more "safe" fillings.

12. District Taco

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1919 M St NW
Washington, D.C.
District Taco just added a new location to its offerings — this one is in Dupont Circle. Give their breakfast taco a try.

1. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Looking for the heat? Then head to Agua 301 and try the kimchi taco. It comes served with carne, kimchi, cotija cheese and a citrus aioli sauce.
301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. El Centro D.F.

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
For something a little less traditional, head to the Georgetown branch of El Centro DF. The Greek taco is their take on a souvlaki sandwich. It comes with grilled chicken, chipotle yogurt, cucumber and is served on a pita bread tortilla.
1218 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. El Rey

919 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
El Rey is U Street’s newest taqueria and outdoor beer garden. And already, people are lining up (there’s a takeout window) to try Chef Jorge Pimentel’s tacos. Soft shell tortillas are made by hand, and there’s a gluten free variety. The carne asada with charred beef, radishes, cilantro, and onion is an early frontrunner. Meanwhile, on Cinco De Mayo, they'll be whipping up a five pork taco with a bacon shell.
919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Far East Taco Grille

409-A 15th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Far East Taco Grille went from food truck to Capitol Hill restaurant this September. The restaurant concept is much the same as the food truck. First, pick a protein -- pork, chicken, steak, or tofu -- then dress it up with sauces and coleslaw.
409-A 15th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

5. Fish Taco

7945 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD 20818
New additions to Fish Taco's spring menu include a carnitas taco and a barbacoa taco.
7945 MacArthur Blvd
Cabin John, MD 20818

6. Impala Cantina y Taqueria

1358 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
While they ready their brick and mortar location, Tacos Impala has been serving up tacos from their takeout window. Give the pork belly taco a try, and watch their twitter account (@ImpalaDC) for hours and offerings.
1358 H Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

7. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church, VA 22043
For an authentic Mexican taco, order the crispy tripe (small beef intestines) taco at Victor Albisu’s Taco Bamba. The restaurant also serves up interesting specials: a recent special combined the tripe with tongue meat.
2190 Pimmit Drive
Falls Church, VA 22043

8. TaKorean

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
The latest addition at TaKorean is a pulled pork taco that packs a spicy punch. That’s because the taco uses Ssamjang sauce, a spicy Korean chili pepper paste. It can be found at TaKorean’s Union Market stall or on any food truck stop.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. Taqueria Nacional

1409 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Taqueria Nacional has a new bison tongue taco that apparently sells pretty fast. “By the end of the weekend, we’re usually all out,” says manger Dot Steck. The bison tongue comes from a farm in Virginia and usually arrives by Thursdays. They braise it, and serve it with cilantro, onions, and pico de gallo. Another taco special, the root vegetable taco, is vegetarian approved. It uses seasonal and organic beets, parsnips, carrots, and rutabaga.
1409 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

10. Mission

1606 20th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Mission Taqueria is the latest project from the R&R taqueria team. Give the mahi mahi tacos a try.
1606 20th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Don Lencho

9116 Mathis Ave, Manassas, VA 20110
Don Lencho has an entire menu of tacos to choose from. The restaurant, from the Guajillo team, just opened in Manassas. Lamb and tongue can be found among the more "safe" fillings.
9116 Mathis Ave
Manassas, VA 20110

12. District Taco

1919 M St NW, Washington, D.C.
District Taco just added a new location to its offerings — this one is in Dupont Circle. Give their breakfast taco a try.
1919 M St NW
Washington, D.C.

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