Chupacabra Opens on H Street

822 H St, NE (though actually located on 9th Street)

Last week we noticed lost of progress at Chupacabra coming to 9th and H Street, NE. They’ve now opened. And while the space inside is very small there will soon be a significant outdoor dining area that will stretch towards Stan’s clothing.

Normal operation Hours starting soon:

M-T, and Sunday 11am – 9pm
Sat, Sun 11am – 2:00am

From a press release:

The mythical, elusive, and fearsome Chupacabra has been sighted and confirmed at 822 H Street NE Washington DC. The food truck has retired its wheels and settled down at the corner of H and 9th Streets, with outdoor seating and an expanded menu. From the owners of Sticky Rice, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Rock and Roll Hotel, Café Roma, and The Queen Vic, comes Chupacabra: a Latin Kitchen and Taqueria.

Chupacabra will offer a variety of fresh and exotic dishes, with ingredients carefully chosen to accentuate the kitchen’s homestyle cooking. Flavors will take you to the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, South American mountain tops, and the best of Mexico. Whether you’re vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, or strictly a meat eater, our kitchen will delight and satisfy.

From cool, creamy guacamole, served with thin crispy chips and house-made habanero and tomatillo salsas, to golden brown fried Yuca served with chicharrones, chicken and beef soups, and salads made fresh every day, Chupacabra offers something for everyone. Choose from the delicious selection of fillings for your flour or corn taco, or have the fillings served over rice, a salad, or in a handmade arepa.

Try the signature Al Pastor filling, pork marinated in guajillo and pineapple and slow roasted on a spit, or the Pollo Sofrito, tender chicken simmered in sofrito and spices. Vegans will love our savory Primavera, delicious squash and eggplant with black beans. Spicy food lovers, there’s plenty for you too: Borrego del Fuego, tender lamb braised in habaneros and spices, and Beef Barbacoa, a spicy Chorizo with hominy will have you sweating in a good way. Chef’s specials include an authentic Cubano (Cuban sandwich) made with herb-roasted pork, ham, baby swiss and pickles stacked and pressed between toasted Cuban bread. The Cocktail de Camarones — chilled shrimp with avocado, mango, onion, and cilantro in a sweet gazpacho sauce — is perfect on a hot day. Executive Chef Matt DiGangi plans to expand the fillings we offer after we open, and learn more about what you love.

And don’t forget to save room for dessert: we offer fresh baked brownies with dulce de leche; fried plantains with organic agave and sliced almond; and Latin-inspired ice creams.

Get your Latin fix on for lunch, dinner, or late night. Enjoy it in our modest interior seating, expansive awning-covered sidewalk café, or delivered to you at home or work. Breakfast service will start soon.

picnic tables in wait

Menu and a look inside after the jump.


Click menu to enlarge

15 Comment

  • GiantSquid

    Really excited to try this place but its hard when there are no hours posted. They were open on Saturday but when we showed up in the early afternoon on Sunday they were closed. No info on their site, FB, or Twitter. It’s a pretty important chunk of missing information.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Sorry about that – here ya go:

      Normal operation Hours starting soon:
      M-T, and Sunday 11am – 9pm

      Sat, Sun 11am – 2:00am

  • Ohh I hope they are better than La Cocina. I was incredibly unimpressed with their bland food.

    The list of partners/owners for Chupacabra definitely gives me hope.

  • Hope they still will decorate that outside bench area. Not very appealing for the moment.

  • justinbc

    I’ve been a fan of their food truck for a while, so I’m happy to see them have this success. Hopefully the same level of value is conveyed from a full service kitchen.

  • Sounds delicious but I have to wonder how long it will be until the current Mexican food fad in DC runs out of steam.

    • I don’t think Mexican food in the US is a “fad”. Cupcakes, fro-yo, donuts, chicken and waffles – now those are fads. At any rate, even if it is, I say bring it on as a native Texan!

    • justinbc

      My guess would be when the quality is finally of the level that people are clamoring for. There are a lot of Californians/Texans/general Midwesterners here that long for what they had back home and will never be happy until they get something similar (and even if they get something better they will still claim it was better in whatever state they left). See NYers griping about pizza if you need further evidence.

  • Tried this place on Saturday– it was pretty good. They were sold out of some items but what we did have was well prepared. The only problem is that shared by most of the other places in town– it’s $3 minimum for a taco, and these tacos are not at all large. I’d need four and a side to fill up.

    The outdoor area is no frills and quite enjoyable. Sometimes all you need is a picnic table.

  • I would suggest not posting photos of a patio that looks like a prison yard! Fix it up first! Even $100.00 of Plants & flowers. Seriously, you only have one chance to make a first impression.

  • Tried during their soft opening on Friday. The food was very good, I will definitely be back.

  • I’m generally opposed to restaurants that lump a bunch of different South American cuisines together, but I might have to give them a shot. I’ve yet to find a decent arepa in DC.

    • justinbc

      The Sabor’a Street food truck used to have great arepas, but they’ve since closed. The only place I can think of immediately to get them is Restaurant Montserrat (sp?) in Arlington.

  • Will they somehow segregate the prep areas for meat dishes and vegan dishes?

    Also, there is no Friday listed in the opening hours above and Sunday is listed twice. Closed on Friday?

    • Coming from working in the food industry for 15 years…THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN…Even if the restaurant says they do to give you the illusion of sweet relief in one way or another someone is going to touch meat and then touch veggies…Props for being vegan but you have to have a little less expectation when dining at an establishment that serves meat

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