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“It’s one of the best taco places in the city, but I noticed last week that the building is empty”

by Prince Of Petworth February 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm 23 Comments

mama chuy
2620 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

What happened to Mama Chuy’s on Georgia Avenue? It’s one of the best taco places in the city, but I noticed last week that the building is empty. Are they closed for good (please God no!) or did they just relocate?”

Back in 2014 we noted the building was for sale. Mama Chuy’s facebook page hasn’t been updated since early 2015, their website is no longer live and their voicemail is full. Not looking good…

  • Elle

    The last time I was there (about a month ago), the upstairs was closed for renovations and they were only doing take-out. The person behind the counter said that it was temporary, but I don’t know.

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Say it ain’t so!!! This is terrible if they’re closed for good. I LOVE their tacos and salsa! :(

    • Bill Casper

      We just ordered from them Saturday night, so they were open as recently as then.

  • Anony

    Oh bummer man!! That place was yummy good!

  • park view

    Dulcinea Restaurant is right next door and it is INCREDIBLE. The guys working there are so nice, it is a great meal for the price, quick in the kitchen, great margaritas…. can’t say enough good things about the place.

    If you want to drown your sorrows on Mama Chuy’s apparent passing I suggest you try it out!

    • Interesting, I had one of my most memorable worst meals ever at Dulcinea. The queso looks less appealing that nuclear reactor fluid, and possibly does even worse damage to your stomach.

      • CHGal

        I also think Dulcinea isn’t that good. Inexpensive and plentiful, but not good. I did live about a block from Mama Chuy’s up until a few months ago, and I can say that their hours were sporadic at best. And the sign was always half off like the photo above. I bet they’re still open. Their stuff is/was quite tasty.

    • Nonna

      +1 for Dulcinea. We do mostly carry out but the portions are generous and the food is delish. Always seemed more authentic than the teeny tiny hipster tacos from Mama Chuy’s.

    • J

      +1 for Dulcinea. Absolutely amazing for both carry out and dining in. My partner, who is Mexican, swears it’s the best Mexican food he’s had on the East coast.

    • CH

      The food is alright at Dulcinea, but last time I went the server (who I’m pretty sure runs the place since he’s always in there) tried to take my card without giving me an itemized bill when I asked for the bill. It was much higher than I thought and he argued with me before finally coughing up an itemized receipt. It had an ambiguous service charge and an included tip – around $15 together for an about $25 bill. He was defensive and rude and acted like he had no idea what I was referring to when I asked about it. I ended up paying it because I’m a sucker, but I likely won’t be going back. Check your bill if you go there!

  • kamace11

    Ok, so, this is really really weird.

    I live in Silver Spring and have always been pretty bummed about the lack of affordable Mexican delivery in the area. This place popped up on Grubhub, servicing my area, for about a week in October. I gave it a go. It wasn’t that hot, took ages, and the portions were minuscule for the price. It was gone the next week. The number I called was disconnected.

    Then, just a week or two ago, they left a ton of fliers in my apt. building’s foyer, advertising that they were now on Grubhub. They said their address was 6600 something Georgia Ave. Tried it again, as their reviews are good (despite the two confusing locations, 2620 vs. a 6000 number?) Again, the food took FOREVER, was terrible and expensive. (especially as compared to the holy grail that is Super Taco).

    What I’m saying is like, 9/10 you guys, this is possibly a money laundering scheme which preys on yuppies with no self-respect when it comes to Mexican food (like myself), OR it’s just a front for an international Latin spy ring. OR, someone is sullying Mama Chuy’s good name with substandard delivery to Silver Spring, for unknown reasons.

    Choose your tacos wisely.

    • Not defending Mama Chuy’s, as I’ve never been there, but faulting a restaurant for slow times when you’re using a food delivery service seems like you might have the blame misplaced. Unless you can specifically identify when the food was done being prepared vs picked up and dropped off.

      • kamace11

        Eh, just compared to many others I’ve used, it was in the category of ‘way late’, like, 40 to an hour over their estimated time.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      I’ve been inside Mama Chuy’s a couple times to pick up food and it was super quick. We’ve also ordered carry out and the first time it did take an hour, but I didn’t care because the food was soooo good. People also noted delivery with them takes awhile so I just prepare myself for it.

    • quincy dude

      I’ve gotten delivery from Mama Chuy (Labeled as MCDC) at 6214 Georgia Ave. Food came pretty quickly, without incident. And it was great.


    • saf

      I’ve met the brother and sister team behind the place, and eaten there a number of times (although not since the summer). Real people, real food. SO, probably something off about the delivery.

  • neighborly

    That’s odd. I hope they are not suddenly closed, as we love this place. We ordered delivery from there just 9 days ago via Seamless. They appear to still be on Seamless, operating as “MCDC Washington DC (Mama Chuy)” Maybe they are currently doing delivery only from a different location?

  • shmoo

    there are (or were, havent ordered in a bit) two different Mama Chuy’s on Seamless, one down by Howard and one further up Georgia closer to Petworth. not sure of the distinction. Never been inside either. Have ordered food from both. Both take a ton of time no matter what. Food is normally pretty good. There are varying shades of saltiness to the guac depending on the day (sometimes it tastes like they dumped an entire shaker of salt into it). The chips are delicious.

    The breaded steak burrito is my go to. It makes my guts explode but is so tasty it is worth it.

  • Anonymous

    I always felt this was a bad location. Tough to get to unless you go to Howard or live nearby. These tacos were better than Taqueria Habenero (IMO), but Habenero is crazy busy.

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I love this place! I moved overseas, but look forward to Mama Chuy when I come home to our old hood. Please say it ain’t so…!

  • nooo

    I love this place! I hope everything is ok.

  • Ted

    I live around the corner – it’s a shame if this place closes. However, The lay out of mama chuys was always a problem to me. For that matter, delcinea’s lay out is bad as well. It’d be great if that whole block got gutted and re- done. I’ve always thought what a lost opportunity for the city and Howard U for that matter to have/promote more of a “campus” vibe along that row.

  • TX2DC

    Pity. The inside of the restaurant wasn’t much to look at but the food was solid.


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