Mark It! Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana opens Friday, January 13 (for real, for real)

by Prince Of Petworth January 6, 2017 at 9:25 am 14 Comments

3714 14th Street, NW at Quincy

From a press release:

“¡Hola, Mezcalero!

Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, the highly anticipated second restaurant concept from Chef Alfredo Solis and his sister Jessica, will open Friday, January 13. Mezcalero opens on the heels of its sister restaurant, El Sol, being named the top favorite cheap eat of 2016 by Washington Post food critic and “$20 Diner,” Tim Carman.

courtesy Mezcalero

Mezcalero will feature some dishes from El Sol, but will also showcase more flavors Chef Solis came to love growing up in Mexico City. Included on its menu are 17 different street tacos, a selection of Guisados, or Mexican stews and Tacos de Canasta, or “basket of tacos,” the popular soft, steamed tacos sold on the streets of Mexico D.F. Additionally, as the restaurant’s name implies, Mezcalero will have an extensive mezcal menu with craft cocktails created by head bartender Arturo Zaloga.

courtesy Mezcalero

“My sister and I want to continue sharing the amazing cuisine we grew up eating and loving,” says Chef Solis. “Everything from the bread to the mole is house-made and authentic to our experience.”

Chef Solis’ professional culinary experience began when he immigrated to California and eventually to Washington where he and Jessica both started in the kitchens of acclaimed chef, Jeff Tunks of Passion Food Hospitality. Chef Solis started as a dishwasher and worked his way up over the course of ten years to be the executive chef of Fuego Cocina y Tequileria. After working with one of the best in the city, Chef Solis offers patrons of El Sol and Mezcalero food and dining from his own passionate perspective.

Guests will be greeted by Gallo, a colorful, six-foot tall rooster perched at the restaurant’s entrance. But Gallo is not the only Mexican icon with a presence at Mezcalero. A bold mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Juan Diego and Oaxacan butterflies embellish the wall while opposite hangs black and white photos of legendary performers Pedro Infante, Germán Valdes, Cantiflas and El Chavo del Ocho. An intimate neighborhood spot, Mezcalero has 63 seats with an additional 12 seats available when the front patio opens. There are two 70 inch televisions where patrons can watch sporting events and more.

Mezcalero opens Friday, January 13 at 3714 14th Street NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Serving lunch, dinner and brunch, the restaurant will be open Sunday-Thursday from 11am-midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11am-2am. The kitchen will stay open until midnight during the week and 1am on weekends. Reservations can be made by calling 202.803.2114 or 202.803.2115.”


  • C

    Super stoked, keep ’em coming. Four or five-ish condo developments underway within a few blocks of this stretch with another few recently-finished buildings.

  • Anonymous

    Between this, Little Coco’s and all of the new condos, Upper 14th St is booming! I gotta give love to the other long term mainstays like Red Derby, Lyman’s and Taqueria Habenero as well! Living nearby, I like that this Mescalero will be a little more hip and upscale. Congrats!

    • Khris

      Lyman’s is only 2.5 years old.

  • I have missed El Sol and I am super excited about this!

  • A

    This area is a hotbed for development the people
    In this area are dying for it! Now we just need

    • C

      Check out the new Sheba Cafe at 14th & Otis.

    • wobber

      They have coffee and fresh made daily pastries and muffins at Little Coco’s. When we had family in town a couple weeks ago they were there nearly every morning, and couldn’t get enough of the breakfast baked goods.

      • A

        Again- the neighborhood needs a few dedicated coffee places not restaurants that happen to have coffee. Nothing against little coco I love the place but you can’t bring a laptop and study
        Or work there…

    • PetlessInPetworth

      I’d also love a good NY-style deli/sandwich shop. Being able to grab a sandwich in the neighborhood would be awesome. Straw Stick & Brick 2?! I wish.

    • MCR

      This is probably a pipe dream since I don’t think it exists anywhere in DC, but my fantasy is a coffee place with a walk-up window so I could grab something while I walk my dog. I really don’t understand why that’s not more of a thing around here – maybe the real estate just isn’t set up for it?

      • jonah

        If there are walk-up windows at Morgan’s seafood then surely coffee/tea is doable elsewhere.

  • jim_ed

    I hope Mezcalero is as kid-friendly as El Sol was. Glad to see a picture of tortas in the release, their carnitas torta is a legit top-5 sandwich in the entire city. I’ve missed this in my life.

  • ctk

    I’ve missed them so much.


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