Monday, June 25, 2012
Arlington, VA 22207
R&R Taqueria which is not only famous because of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives but also purported to be the best place to get Mexican food in the area. I thought I needed a baseline in order to find out what the "best" tastes like so I decided to head out to District Taco which is only a short distance from my apartment and, more importantly, a joint with a solid reputation for producing good Mexican food. I'm also planning on going to Taqueria Poblano down the street later on the week so I'd have a greater point of comparison. Okay, so I have this Mexican kick going on too.
Chuck e Cheese. No, that wasn't last week and even if it was, don't judge. Now, all this wasn't necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't something I expected. I guess I expected some kind of hip hole-in-the wall taco dive but instead I walked into what felt like a Walt Disney World Food Court. To be fair, it's located in a heavily suburban part of Arlington and it was still early in the evening.
I usually get beef tacos (does Taco Bell count?) when I ordered tacos so I started with the barbacoa. My first bite felt a little bland like there was something missing so I went and got some hot salsa from their condiment bar and applied it liberally to all three tacos. This gave it that extra dimension of flavor and zing that I think I was looking for. The beef still left me wanting (maybe some seasoning?) for more flavor. The tacos felt too soggy to me and it may have been the addition of pico de gallo since they didn't feel too overstuffed.
The pollo asada was, surprisingly, my favorite taco of the meal. The chicken had a nice char on it and provided a much needed crunch/contrast to the rest of the ingredients. The chicken was well seasoned and really took well to soaking up the rest of the taco. I had been a tad disappointed to this point but the chicken made up for any it's less flavorful cousins.
I'm certainly no expert on what authentic Mexican tacos are supposed to be. District Taco was my first foray into Mexican food in a very long time and even though I came at a really busy time, they still managed to produced food that made me want to come back for more. True, I was a searching for a bit more flavor from some of what I ate but I tasted enough promise to think that District Taco would be a solid choice if I was just looking for a quick and flavorful bite.