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El Sol Gets Glowing Review in the Post, Closing Current 14th Street Location but Opening a New One Down the Block

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2016 at 11:30 am 18 Comments

el sol
3911 14th Street, NW

Thanks to all who sent links to the glowing review from the Post on El Sol:

“The best taqueria in Washington by a long shot”

Not mincing words. Sadly, the article ends with: “Mainly, though, I’m frustrated that the Solis crew will soon close their 14th Street NW location, an apparent victim of gentrification.”

El Sol only opened up on 14th Street in the former Sisy’s space by Red Derby back in 2014. They opened their smaller 11th Street location (“A Real Mexican Restaurant Run by Real Mexicans Cooking in the Kitchen”) last September in the former El Sauce space.

However, in another article (thanks again to a reader for letting me know) the Post’s Tim Carman shares even more details about the move:

“Construction is already underway for Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, a 72-seat restaurant that Alfredo and Jessica Solis hope to open in July…The potentially bad news? Mezcalero will be located one door down from Taqueria Habanero.”

Updates as they get closer to opening in July.

  • Anonymous

    Love the food at El Sol, but the interior of their restaurant leaves a lot to be desired. The sidewalk seating is great if you don’t mind being approached by drinks looking for money. I always get take-out. Again, the food is amazing. I’m also pretty stoked about the future of 14th St. Tons of new condo developments… Lots of people and density. I hope the new El Sol Cocina has a better atmosphere to match the food! I still prefer Taqueria Habenero for tacos, but El Sol wins on everything else.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    A victim of gentrification??? The neighborhood hasn’t changed that much in 23 months.

    • is this a joke?

      “This neighborhood hasn’t changed that much in 23 months” says area man who hasn’t noticed active construction on three separate new apartment buildings and two new restaurants in neighborhood.

    • Ben

      This restaurant was probably the scene of the most “gentrified” fight I have ever been witness to.

      A couple fighting over their significant other inability to enunciate directions while biking. Person 1: “You never tell me which way we are going”Person 2: “Gah – you know when I’m on my bike I’m focusing and can’t talk”

    • Anonymous

      Victim of it? They benefitted from it!

      • A

        No kidding. They are getting bought out of a lease by a developer. If they choose, they can use that money towards a new (nicer?) building/interior. The writer/owner obviously had an agenda.

  • jcm

    Somewhat related: is Mama Chuy gone for good?

  • Ben

    I personally always thought the tacos at Taqueria where better. El Sol did have pretty tasty other options though.

  • ANON

    Went there after reading the review and disappointed with my meal. Better tacos at Habanero, District Taco, or Taqueria DF. Better service too!

    • kd21

      I was about to post an indignant response, but I caught myself when I realized this was satirical. Better tacos at District Taco – ha! I see what you did there. Truly, you should write for The Onion.

  • Guillermo Brown

    Really looking forward to the new restaurant based on the description. Memo to the owners: please have a dedicated bar area if you are going to put emphasis on the cocktails, as the article states. Not a counter that doubles as a to-go order pickup area. This will earn you a lot of business!!

    • A

      I second Guillermo Brown. To compete with Taqueria Habenero, they’ll need a strong bar program and dedicated area. Class it up a little bit, El Sol. Make it a nice place I can bring my wife for dinner on the weekend.

  • MtP

    I am very excited for the new place – some truly authentic Mexican places that are a bit more than a taqueria are always welcome in my book! Sort of like Tacqueria Mexicano in Hyattsville – great tacos, but also authentic options like adobo and mole. I hope Tacqueria Habenero can survive, because it is by far the best taco I have had in DC.

  • Stink Eye

    Victim of gentrification? But the reported new restaurant is opening a block away, closer to Columbia heights. If anything I would guess they are benefiting from gentrification, as demonstrated by their opening of a second restaurant on 11th street and moving closer to Columbia Heights to a larger space.

  • Shady Lady

    If they charge half the price of brand new Shaw mezcaleria, Espita, they’ll still make a killing.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Ah! Please keep the same prices and yummy food and be really really close to me! : /


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