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Scuttlebutt Confirmed – District Taco Coming to Capitol Hill

by Prince Of Petworth — November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am 27 Comments

656 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Back in June I shared some scuttlebutt that District Taco could be moving into the former YES! Organic Market space at 656 Pennsylvania Ave, SE (YES! has moved to Barracks Row.)

The Washington Post now confirms the Capitol Hill location:

“District Taco plans to open its latest operation in the former Yes! Organic Market at 656 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The owners are aiming for a January/February launch date on their third brick-and-mortar location, following their original taqueria in Arlington and their D.C. debut on F Street NW.”

District Taco opened their 1309 F Street, NW location in the former Funxion space back in May.

  • NoLongerNew2CH

    Can someone explain the hype / lines at District Taco? I’ve been twice and I was, to put it mildly, underwhemed. No where near the quality of, say, Taqueria Distrito Federal or Surfside, and I even prefer Moe’s — yes, the chain — across the street downtown. I just don’t get why people get so excited for this place …

  • I am excited for this! I was just saying yesteday that I’d like more to-go places in this area. We have a ton of great sit down places but not many quick lunch options. (Boycotting Spring Mill Bread because the cashier refused to give me the wifi password because I only bought coffee and a muffin……..)

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, Tortilla Cafe is decent but I don’t think their tacos are that great. A taco shop sounds fantastic, and I’m happy that it will be bringing more foot traffic down that side of Pennsylvania Ave. Aside from Sapore that area is a bit of a dead zone right now.

      • Anonymous

        Do people shop at Sapore? It always seems empty when I walk by.

        • Caroline

          I do! Every other week or so I buy a new olive oil or vinegar to add to my collection. It’s also my go-to source for gifts when I don’t have any other ideas. And there are usually a couple customers browsing when I go in, although I’m typically there on the weekends when it’s busier.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, Tortilla Cafe’s tacos are not great – it’s the tamales that make that place worthwhile!

    • Anonymous

      That is seriously ridiculous about the wifi password. What gives?!

      • Anonymous

        I think they only have one table and two chairs in there. I guess they don’t want people taking them up for very long.

        • You’re right, there isn’t a lot of seating in there but it was 10am.. and dead… AND they advertise free wifi! It would have been fine if the man had an excuse but he laughed in my face and said something along the lines of “maybe if you bought more than a coffee and muffin.” It was so rude.

  • Alex

    Awesome news. I was excited by Chipotle, but the one that opened on Barrack’s Row has some serious staffing issues, even a couple of months into its existence. And Tortilla Cafe always seems to be closed when I want tacos, like after 7pm.

  • bert

    i’d eat a taco there.

    • Anonymous

      Just one?

      • bert


    • Ronald

      No you won’t. You’ll eat 3.

      So pumped DT is expanding. Loved the cart in Arlington – can’t wait to see what else they have!

      • bert

        i’d eat 3 tacos there.

  • Anonymous

    This just made my motherf****ing day….Assuming this construction goes as well and quickly as all the other new restaurant spaces in DC, “January/February launch date” means, what, 2016 or so?

  • Hooray! DT is the closest thing to authentic “California style” Mexican in town. If a girl from San Diego cant’ have weather like at home, at least she’s got tacos.

  • Cosa Verdad

    I said it yesterday in the Lime blog..so again.. DT are the best thing to Mexico City Tacos in Washington. I love it more everytime..and especially that the staff gets what the food is about. I’m also impressed that no matter how complicated I might get, they don’t blink an eye and always get it right. Congrats !!
    Now open another shop on 14th.. the hood is ripe for good tacos in a smart decor thats doesn’t get lost in fab. Please get real Mexican Queso and Crema, the gringo cheese and sour cream are almost an insult to the other classy toppings.

    • Otra Cosa

      Hey … pld bring beer to DC…. Delivious Tasty Tacos need cerveza, por favor.

      • District Taco

        In process!!

  • Woohoo!! I’ve lived in this neighborhood for almost 30 yrs now and have watched it change for the good and for the worst….District Taco is where it is at! I can def get behind this coming to Capitol Hill… (I like Chipotle but I wasn’t crazy about it coming to the neighborhood-but DT BLOWS them away!)
    Can’t Wait!!!!


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