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Restaurants, Mexican Downtown
4 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Rey Lopez

Chef Michael Schlow created Tico to serve as a culinary tribute to his travels to Latin America, Mexico and Spain. The menu here is far from traditional—and that's done on purpose. Chef Schlow is all about having fun and that's reflected not only in the menu, but also the décor. The space is bright and inviting and the walls are covered with colorful, Instagram-worthy graffiti art and dotted with some of Schlow's own photographs of Spain. Diners flock here for the ambiance as well as the raved-about cabbage salad, roasted cauliflower loaded with cotija cheese, sweet corn spiked with jalapenos and smoked bacon and the addicting hibiscus margaritas.

By: Jessica Estrada


Venue name: Tico
Address: 1926 14th St. NW
Cross street: at U St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-Midnight; Sat, Sun 10am-Midnight
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