Any restaurant with lauded chef Jose Andres’s name attached to it promises to be good and Oyamel is no exception. A date-night favorite of the Obamas, Oyamel features an array of antojitos—traditional Mexican small plates—that will transport your taste buds to Mexico. Start with the Salt Air margarita, which will make you feel like you’re on a beach in Cabo, and tableside guacamole made with green tomatillo, Serrano chile and queso fresco. If you’re in for weekend brunch, nuzzle over huevos rancheros and, for the grand finale, polish off a slice of tres leches cake served with caramel ice cream.
Although you might find some delectable Mexican fare when perusing the best food trucks in Washington, DC, it’s these Mexican restaurants in DC that offer residents the most authentic and delicious take on the cuisine. From exciting tacos to tasty nachos and burritos (with some tamales in-between), these spots will satisfy your cravings at any time of day. We suggest you head to the best craft beer bars in Washington, DC for a post-guacamole ale binge or, if you’re more of a pregame kind of Washingtonian, pick one of the best happy hour deals in DC and down a cocktail or two before dinner.