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Taqueria del Barrio opens Tomorrow (Thursday) in former Domku space!! Check out the menu

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2017 at 10:30 am 25 Comments

Photo by Jai Williams

The Domku to Taqueria del Barrio transformation is complete and it is dope!!

Taqueria del Barrio – Menu

From a press release:

“Taqueria del Barrio, an authentic Mexican taqueria, will open its doors on Thursday, March 30 serving house-made regional Mexican dishes and drinks in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest. Diners can choose from 14 types of tacos served on tortillas made in-house, three specialty ‘torta’ sandwiches, and additional traditional Mexican foods, served in a modern, casual dining room and bar.

Taqueria del Barrio’s menu was developed by Chef and Owner Anna Bran-Leis and General Manager Mikey Torres, and is centered around $3 tacos in classic styles like carne asada, pescado, and al pastor varieties served alongside less-familiar options like nopales – grilled cactus paddle served with melted Oaxacan cheese. Appetizers include elote with a chili-lime aioli and cotija cheese, and beef albondigas cooked in a smoky chipotle salsa. Entrées range from $12 to $15 and include traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno –poblano peppers stuffed with barbacoa, tomatoes, onions, and queso freso; and mole con pollo with made-from-scratch mole, blended with nuts, chiles, and a subtle hint of chocolate. While Taqueria del Barrio is opening with a lunch and dinner menu, a unique brunch menu is expected to roll out in the coming months.

Taqueria del Barrio is the first brick-and-mortar concept for husband-and-wife owners Anna and Shawn Leis who also operate the popular DC Empanadas concept in Union Market. Fans of the empanadas are in luck – the couple plan to offer a rotating empanada of the day at Taqueria del Barrio as well.

“After our experience in DC’s food scene with a food truck, catering, pop-ups and more, we’re thrilled to finally open our first brick-and-mortar in Petworth,” says chef-owner Anna Bran-Leis, who also notes the immense culinary diversity and talent along Upshur Street. “Our vision for our restaurant is to become this neighborhood’s go-to taqueria and to truly create a sense of welcome for our new community, and existing customers.”

Taqueria del Barrio’s bar program under Beverage Director Chris Martino will feature artful signature cocktails like the margarita del barrio with El Silencio mezcal, caramelized pineapple, and house-made habanero turmeric syrup. The draft beer system will rotate seasonally with an additional limited selection of bottled domestic and imported labels. A select wine list, curated by Wines by Raz, features Spanish varietal wines from the new and old world available by the glass and bottle alongside a hand-selected short list of featured Champagnes.

Taqueria del Barrio seats 92 guests in a 2,200 square-foot space designed to evoke the taquerias of Mexico City. The Leis’ favorite touches include a floor to ceiling mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and playful, blended textiles throughout the interior design, which features a weathered steel bar, suspended rope lighting, and reclaimed wood under a large, bright skylight. Guests can also look forward to a 16-seat patio come summer 2017.”

821 Upshur Street, NW

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Sad I’m moving out of Petworth at the end of April :(

    • I know the feeling :) where are you moving to?

      • NH Ave Hiker

        Out to the distant suburb of Woodridge!

        • SassyinDC (formerely)

          Congrats, I can relate. Just departed 20 years of city living– 3 on Cap Hill and 17 in Hillcrest/Ward 7. Having said that, LOVING the life in the Town of Clifton, VA!

        • Oh wow enjoy and good luck, hope the move is an easy one!

        • textdoc

          Wait… Woodbridge, VA or Woodridge, DC?

          • NH Ave Hiker

            Woodridge, DC – “distant suburb” was tongue in cheek

  • tacos, tacos, tacos, tacos

  • MadMax

    This will definitely get me up to Petworth. I was at her Empanada truck the day it opened and have been impressed by her consistency over the years to make a reliably good, flavorful product every time.

  • PetworthGuy

    Love love love it. With those two new spots on 14th st (Mezcalero and Barrilito) and this place, we’re in taco heaven. El Chucho/Taqueria Jabenero is about to have some serious competition

  • Carlos

    wife and I can’t wait to go. Moved to Petworth in September and we are 4 blocks from Upshur st. Lucky us! Love to go to all the other places there. My wife said that we just needed a taco spot and Boom!! Viola! Looks like is going to be a very busy summer at the Upshur st strip.
    Hope the restaurant is great. best of luck to them.

    • jonah

      Can your wife say they need a sandwich shop in the 200 block of Upshur? Thanks.

      • Carlos

        Yeah!! Gotta have the sandwich option too.
        Unfortunately she is not a big fan as I am.

      • A

        Ditto to a sandwhich/deli. A Jewish or Italian deli would be amazing. Bakery or Coffee Shop too.

  • crazydoglady#1

    wish there were vegetarian options for tamales, chile relleno, taquitos, empanadas, enchiladas, or soups. :/

    • danger dave

      You could always order lamb

      • Hill Denizen

        actual LOL.

    • DF

      There are plenty of veggie options. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Mexican place with a veg soup anyway.

    • L


  • jcm

    This looks god, but I sure miss Domku. It feels like the end of an era.

    • saf

      It’s the beginning of the next wave of gentrification. Yes, an end of an era indeed.

    • Anonymous

      I miss the idea of Domku.

      • tacopuss

        agreed. the idea of domku was great; the execution, not so great. walking into an empty restaurant and being told there’s nothing available “without a reservation” is absurd.

      • Quincy dude

        Likewise. The food was always fair, but the service was on the spectrum from negligent to surly. Mostly negligent. I waited over an hour for food several times before learning my lesson.

  • Anon2

    If Domku had been a Dr. they would’ve been repeatedly sued for malpractice. That place reminded me of east German grocery stores before the wall came down– drab, poor selection, petulant service, and consistently inconsistent. It was like the Merry Pranksters trying to run a Manhattan project but in black and white.


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