I just came back from a week at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate/Baja California, Mexico. I felt like I got back to my roots and love of Mexican cuisine, so I’m excited for the opening of El Centro D.F. restaurant in DC next month. The restaurant will serve Mexican comfort food which growing up in Texas I’m really familiar with. I hope the margaritas are just as good. The restaurant is inspired by Mexico City which is definitely on my list of places to visit in the next year or so.
According to the press release “The ground floor Taqueria, lower level Tequileria and Rooftop each feature a unique ambiance inspired by a different dining experience in Mexico City. El Centro D.F. features three unique spaces that co-exist side by side, reminiscent of neighboring shops along a bustling side street.
The ground-level Taqueria offers casual dining and tacos-to-go. The space is energized by a lively open kitchen, which creates classic dishes with high quality ingredients, authentic seasonings and traditional techniques. Signature dishes include: Tacos al Pastor with adobo marinade pork belly, cilantro, onion and grilled pineapple; Jalisco Shrimp & Crab Enchiladas with oaxaca cheese, corn, rajas and crema fresco, as well as Carne Asada with grilled skirt steak, sautéed chile poblano, chimichurri, chile morita sauce, sweet corn tamale and charro beans.
In the undergound Tequileria, Chef Sandoval’s menu of comfort food is served alongside 200 tequilas and mezcals. Tasting flights allow guests to compare and contrast the many nuances of these spirits. Mixologist Brennan Adams will work closely with the Tequila experts on the Tequileria’s cocktail menu. He will merge classic and modern techniques to craft Mexican-inspired drinks with traditional herbs and botanicals, and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. On the Rooftop, guests can enjoy handcrafted margaritas and Latin cocktails, served from two outdoor bars. Later this summer, this upper level will launch a signature menu of dishes baked a la lena in the Rooftop’s brick oven.”
El Centro D.F. – 1819 14th Street, NW