Washington, DC

by Prince Of Petworth December 20, 2019 at 1:15 pm 0


821 Upshur Street, NW

The Washington Post reported the awfulness that’s been happening at Taqueria Del Barrio:

“D.C. police are investigating after a restaurant owner in Petworth reported receiving dozens of phone calls, some threatening to “kill the staff,” which the owner believes are tied to a monthly drag queen brunch and a separate drag trivia night.

Most of the comments were homophobic in nature, Bran-Leis said, noting that her staff members are nearly all part of the LGBTQ community. She said the calls came from four different phones with different voices, some of whom said “they were going to burn down the restaurant and kill the staff.”

As we showered Comet Ping Pong with love in their time of need, I say we do the same for Taqueria Del Barrio. Let us show them the power of love. Have a look at their menu here and plan a visit soon!

by Prince Of Petworth June 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments


821 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Taqueria del Barrio joins with its neighboring restaurants in Petworth to throw the inaugural Petworth Pride fundraiser, a chance for guests of all ages to come together and support the LGBT community during LGBT Pride Month. Upshur Street gathering places Taqueria del Barrio, Hank’s Cocktail Bar, and Petworth Citizen will offer select bites and $5 specialty cocktails on June 18, with $1 from each cocktail sold benefiting LGBT charities. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2017 at 11:30 am 5 Comments


821 Upshur Street, NW

From an email:

“Happy hour at Taqueria del Barrio runs from 4pm-8pm on Tuesdays through Fridays, with specials available at the bar or in the lounge seating tucked behind the bar. Drink specials include their $7 Margarita del Barrio (mezcal, pineapple, habanero-turmeric syrup), $5 classic margaritas or seasonal punch of the day, $6 select wines, and $1 off a rotating selection of draft beers. Food specials include $5 ‘gringo’ tacos with beef stuffed inside crispy taco shells, $5 guacamole, $5 mini torta Mexican sandwiches, $6 queso dip, and $7 nachos topped with Taqueria del Barrio’s homemade mole. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm 16 Comments

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821 Upshur Street, NW Photo by Jai Williams

From an email:

“After celebrating its first two weeks welcoming in guests, Taqueria del Barrio will be adding reservations and updating its hours. Guests can now call Taqueria del Barrio at 202-723-0200 or email General Manager Mikey Torres at [email protected] to reserve a table. Taqueria del Barrio will be open from 4pm to 12am on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 4pm to 10pm on Sundays; a lunch and brunch menu are expected to roll out in the coming months.”

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

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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. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2017 at 11:45 am 0

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821 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Anna Bran-Leis and Shawn Leis, the couple behind the forthcoming Taqueria del Barrio will host a pop up next door at Hank’s Cocktail Bar on President’s Day, February 20, 2017. “We really want the neighbors to come and try some of our menu items and luckily we have close friends next door,” says Leis whose best friend Jamie Leeds, owns Hank’s Cocktail Bar next door to the taqueria space. While the construction team readies their 2,200 square foot restaurant, the food and beverage team has been constructing the menu.

The President’s Day Taco Pop Up will feature a limited menu of three cocktails priced at $10 each, five different taco choices at $3 each, tortas, quesadillas and a couple of appetizers at a la carte pricing. Guests can order as much or as little as they like. Anna & the team have been working on the concept’s menu in the commercial kitchen space they use for DC Empanadas, another business owned by the couple.

The taco pop up will take place from 11am until 8pm on Monday, February 20 at 819 Upshur Street, NW, celebrating the true meaning of ‘del barrio’ which translates to ‘of the neighborhood.’

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“About Taqueria del Barrio

Taqueria del Barrio is the newest project from husband and wife team, Shawn and Anna Leis who also own DC Empanadas food trucks and Union Market stall. The taqueria will open to the public in mid-March 2017 at 821 Upshur Street, NW in the Petworth neighborhood. The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road.”

by Prince Of Petworth December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm 19 Comments

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821 Upshur Street, NW

Ed. Note: Domku closed after a decade back in June.

From a press release:

“Anna Bran Leis and Shawn Leis who own DC Empanadas, announce the opening of their new concept, Taqueria del Barrio, in the Petworth neighborhood early 2017.

The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road. Anna has tapped cocktail expert Chris Martino to run the bar program and will have Mikey Torres in the front-of-the-house as General Manager. In the kitchen, Anna will be the Chef, as well. The menus will be comprised of tacos, tortas, a bar menu with appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees as well as traditional desserts with a twist. Everything is going to be very authentic and scratch made, down to the tortillas. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 5, 2020 at 11:00 am 0


Photo by Zack Lewkowicz

In today’s ‘where’s the best available these days’ – obviously it’s time to talk Tacos and more. Readers are asking for: the best carry-out Mexican, tacos, tortillas and queso. And one that wasn’t specifically asked but that I’d like to know – best Margaritas?

Some initial recommendations: Judy Restaurant, “El Sol, Espita, and Oyamel are some of my favorites.”, “My fav right now is @anafre_dc. Their fish taco is spectacular.”, “Guapo’s”, “@DelBarrioDC in Petworth is great.”, “Taqueria Habanero. They make their own tortillas.”, “For food I like Mezcalero, Taqueria Habanero and El Sol for traditional Mexi food. Espita has a modern twist on Mexi foods and they have great Mezcal cocktails.”, “El Tamarindo 1785 Florida Ave. NW” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

NKOTB 2.0 at Mess Hall

From a press release:

“Last summer’s NKOTB (New Kitchens On The Block) event gave diners an exclusive chance to try signatures bites and sips from Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s Smoked & Stacked, Colada Shop, Matt Baker’s Gravitas, and Cathal Armstrong’s Kaliwa, and other restaurants before they opened. It was such a huge hit that we said, “Let’s Do It Again.”

NKOTB 2.0 will be “Hangin’ Tough” at Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St NE) on Sunday, March 19, 2017 for two separate two-hour sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Diners will have an unrepeatable opportunity to sample signature menu items from 11 new ventures with the “Right Stuff” prior to their openings, including: (more…)

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