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Mi Cocina Tex-Mex from Texas Opens in Friendship Heights

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm 21 Comments

5471 Wisconsin Avenue

A few weeks ago we learned:

The new neighborhood restaurant will serve Tex-Mex favorites and Mi Cocina classics like the Tacos “De Brisket”, Sunset Fajitas, and Rico Salad. Mi Cocina honors long time employees, family members and personalities that have been a part of the restaurant’s unique history by naming menu items after them, sharing their culture with generations of Texans that have dined there since the first location opened in 1991.

At The Collection, a stylish and relaxed interior will accommodate 155 in an open dining room.

You can see their menu here. Hours will be Sun – Thu 11am – 10pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 11pm.




  • Anonymous

    Um … don’t they already have one Tex Mex chain? Rosa Mexicana?

    • BurritoBaby

      There’s plenty of room in our city for ANOTHER Tex Mex chain, especially one that is better than Rosa Mexicano :P

  • This is technically on the Maryland side of the border…and as someone else mentioned, we already have Rosa Mexicana, which is closer, cheaper, and just as good.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Who cares that it is tech on the MD side of the border? It is still the Friendship Heights metro. Texas expats will tell you that this is far superior to Rosa Mexicana.

      • Because while it’s still the Friendship Heights Metro, it’s also technically in Chevy Chase.

        And the Texas ex-pat lying in bed next to me disagrees wholeheartedly that Cocina is better than Rosa.

        • Anonymous

          Really? A Texan said Rosa Mexicana was better than Mi Cocina?? I find this hard to believe. They must have horrible taste in Tex Mex.

          • People give 5 star reviews to Cheesecake Factory and Ruby Tuesdays. Nothing surprises me when it comes to food preferences anymore.

      • DF

        I’ve only heard bad things about Rosa Mexicana but can’t really comment since I’ve never been. Also, $15 for guac, if it’s still that price is robbery.
        Oyamel, while not a whole lot cheaper is 2 blocks from the one downtown and we always end up there anyway.

        • You have not been misinformed. Rosa “Mexicano” is not that good, and definitely not for the cost of a meal there.

  • Texas Expat

    I want a Mambo Taxi stat!!!!

  • Real Texan

    I could not be more excited for this. Rosa Mexicana is not good.

  • Checked it out for lunch on Friday. Definitely the best Tex-Mex I’ve had in this area and the service was outstanding. If there are other, more “hole-in-the-wall” places that PoP’ers have tried that have good Tex-Mex, please tell!

  • TacoPants

    If you like crunchy tacos with ground beef, don’t bother coming here. That is not TexMex, that is not Mexican, that is Taco Bell. If you do like TexMex, your first bite of MiCo’s soft corn tortillas will tell you everything you need to know about how good this place is. No one in the district does them like this. Also: BRISKET TACOS. Pretty sure you cant find those anywhere else within 1500 miles of DC (or technically MD of you’re a pedant). Long live the mambo taxi.

    • Anonymous

      You tell ’em, TacoPants!

    • BurritoBaby

      Well stated, TacoPants! You seem like a wise man.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know, I’m from the southwest, and I’ve been to plenty of tex-mex places that offer shredded or ground beef.

      • TacoPants

        I can’t claim to know much about Southwest-Mex cuisine, and I’ll admit there are certainly many not so great Tex-Mex joints in Texas which serve all kinds of things. Just saying this chain is particularly good and is also head and tail above anything I’ve had during my 3 years up here.

        • Annonymous

          I will take your word. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    A reader sends:

    “The Dallas Morning News is reporting on it :) Any Texan worth their weight in queso knows that this Mi Cocina is a game changer”


  • Sally

    Frankly, as a Texan, I have never had worse enchiladas than I had at Mi Cocina. I don’t think Rosa Mexicana is very good either. Oh for some really good Tex Mex …..

    • Anonymous

      do all texans think the same?


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