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District Taco to Open D.C. Restaurant Tomorrow

by ARLnow.com — May 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm 4,113 29 Comments

District Taco is planning to open its new brick-and-mortar restaurant in the District tomorrow.

Founder Osiris Hoil tells ARLnow.com that the new location, at 1309 F Street NW near Metro Center, will open to the public on Friday. Hoil, who launched the District Taco cart  in 2009 after being laid off from a construction job, called new restaurant “my American dream” on Twitter.

The D.C. eatery is District Taco’s second location. Hoil opened the original restaurant, at 5723 Lee Highway in Arlington, in November 2010.

Hoil says El Toro — the District Taco cart that parks in various parts of Arlington during the week — will be out of service for a “couple weeks” to allow the company to focus on training staff and getting the new restaurant off the ground.

Photo via Twitter

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  • Mr. Mann

    I love it that the owner of a Mexican-food business is named after an Egyptian god. Only in America. (Reminds me of the old Super Pollo on Randolph, with the Arabic writing left over from its days as a kabab place.)

  • craig

    woo hoo! Good Luck

  • JimPB

    Laid off from construction work in 2009; launches District Taco out of a cart in D.C.; now is opening a second brick and mortar District Taco. Way to go!

    • Scott

      Indeed. Great success story

    • jan

      Brilliant!

    • CrystalMikey

      Indeed…congrats!

    • Michael H.

      +1

      Congratulations!

  • Steveo

    Oh my gosh! Another place that sells tacos. I will stick with my Taco Bell. Cant beat the price.

    • Joe hoya

      District Taco is the only place I know of around here where you can get good breakfast tacos.

      As for Taco Bell, it’s easy to sell cheap meals when you forgo the beef in your “beefy” tacos.

    • Cyrus

      Right, but the difference is District Taco is actual food.

  • John Fontain

    Congrats district taco. I’m not your hugest fan, but I do appreciate that you serve food similar to that served by Taqueria Poblano at a fraction of the price. It just shows how much Taqueria Poblano is overcharging for its food.

    • JohnB

      No prices on their menu online. How much for a taco?

      • yo yo

        a few bucks. buy 10 get 1 free too.

      • PCity

        $2.50, unlimited toppings (except chorizo, $0.50), I believe. Just went to the soft open yesterday, it’s gonna be amazing.

  • David

    Congrats, near my office! Love their juevos rancheros.

  • Taco

    Bring Back Taco Bell in Courthouse!!!

    • JamesE

      +eleventy billion

  • YoQuiero

    In stark contrast to Taqueria Poblano, I’m fully behind District Taco. Great food, reasonable prices, locally owned, good for kids. Check, check, check, check.

  • arlcyclist

    Best of luck to Osiris and the entire District Taco crew! I met Osiris the other day and he’s as nice and genuine as they come.

  • Ty

    It’s alright, I have had it. cool story braaaaah

  • Pablo

    El Charrito Caminante. El mejor.

    • John Fontain

      No one can really compare to this.

  • Curious George

    TWS (Taco Withdrawal Syndrome) in Crystal City.

    Hope the car is back soon!

  • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

    i love tacos *howls*

  • Sonia

    Yo quiero District Taco/We love District Taco! good, fresh food. Unbeatable price. Extremely friendly staff. Kid friendly. Locally owned. District Taco is our “go to” place when mama just doesn’t feel like cooking. Good luck downtown — I bet you’ll be mobbed!

  • Courthouse Yinzer

    Love this place, especially the fountain drink machine. Pure sugar baby!

  • Michelle

    I love District Taco!! Congrats and best of luck!!

  • DT Fan

    I love District Taco! Please, move out to western Fairfax County next? Please?? I need my fixes in the evenings and weekends. I promise, you would do so well out there! All we have is chain places and Tippy’s Taco, which isn’t even remotely comparable.

  • JohnB2

    Just got back from having lunch at the DC location. It was crazy busy with the line 10-15 deep out the front door. There was a news crew getting some film. I didn’t recognize the reporter, so she’s probably from 4 or 9.

    The food was ok, they made some errors on our group’s orders but that’s understandable for an opening day. Overall the group liked it and I’d go back again once the hype dies down.

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