Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dining Out: Santa Rosa Taqueria in DC

Capitol Hill has a new fast-casual spot every taco lover must check out. "Top Chef" alum Spike Mendelsohn, who brought the District Good Stuff Eatery, famous for the "Prez Obama Burger," We, The Pizza, and The Chickery, has now given us the next best thing--strong margs & authentic Mexican fare for cheap!

Santa Rosa Taqueria is the perfect new spot for lunch at the office or Taco Tuesdays after work. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine, including street corn on the cob, corn or flour tortilla street tacos, slow-cooked beef nachos, Mexican salads and bowls, and margaritas ON TAP.  

The taste and quality of these $3.75 (3 for $11) tacos are impeccable! Santa Rosa uses farm fresh ingredients and has an entire staff that is dedicated to serving authentic Mexican fare with rich, traditional flavors. They serve tacos filled with ingredients such as farm fresh eggs, beef short ribs, roasted mushrooms, mojo steak, braised kale and rice, and spicy fried shrimp, all available to be topped the "Mexican Way," with freshly sliced raddishes, onions, and cilantro. Many of the tacos also have special styles of homemade moles, including chili orange mole, 5-chile mole, and mole verde. My favorite street taco was the Mexican Chorizo and Egg street taco with queso fundido--eggporn heaven!!

The queso, guac, and all the specialty sauces are created in-house, and go perfectly with their $7 margaritas on tap or their non-alcoholic seasonal aguas frescas for $3.50! Margarita flavors include classic lime, grapefruit, peach, and a pina colada marg called a coladarita. The Taqueira offers Happy Hour from 4-7 everyday (and don't forget about specials available on Taco Tuesday!)

The atmosphere is friendly and fun, with pastel-colored walls and food being served over-the-counter style. In the back, there is also a quick pick-up location for catering and to-go orders. The new spot is open Monday-Saturday from 11AM-10PM and is located at 315 Pennyslvania AVE SE Washington DC 20003. For more information, go to: Santa Rosa Taqueria 

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