District Taco comes swooping into its namesake, the District, and I for one am impressed. I’m impressed with the speed of service. I’m impressed with the prices. I’m impressed with the quantity and quality of the food. Basically, I’m impressed that District Taco has only been open for a couple of weeks and appears to have its shit together. (Which can’t always be said for new eating establishments.)
Several of us bolted over there for lunch today. We were excited. Judging by the line, so were many others.
Surprisingly not a problem — the line moved rapidly while friendly employees passed out menus and welcomed customers.
I found the actual ordering process a little tricky just because they offer so many options for toppings and combinations, and I didn’t want to completely bewilder the guy taking my order. So I tried to keep it simple: four tacos (carnitas, pollo asado, al pastor and vegetarian) on corn tortillas, with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, rice and pico de gallo.
The condiment bar is great too, with items like chopped onions and salsas of varying heats. We got the hot salsa.
Another surprise — we had no issue finding seating upstairs despite the crowd. I think most people were getting their food to go.
A nice touch that the food is brought to you. We grabbed our seats, and almost instantly our orders arrived.
Here are three of the four tacos… not that you can distinguish what’s what anyway, since the meats are covered up. (I’m not sure why they came wrapped up, since I wasn’t getting them to go.)
As you can see, these aren’t wimpy, half-filled tacos that would barely satisfy a preschooler. These are tacos — loaded to the max, with doubled up tortillas to prevent breakage. I was shocked. I complain so often about not having enough to eat; clearly that was not going to be an issue here.
Not to mention the tacos were good! Everything was so fresh and flavorful, and I love the toothsome bite of a quality corn tortilla.
No doubt, District Taco destroys a chain like Chipotle. There’s real value here too. Tacos are $2.25. For most people, two tacos are probably plenty. Maybe even one for a small eater. How can you go wrong with a lunch under $5?
You can’t. Like I said, I’m impressed.
1309 F St. NW