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Tacos El Chilango Truck Opening D.C. Restaurant

by ARLnow.com June 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm 8,233 20 Comments

Like District Taco before it, the Tacos el Chilango truck — which serves tacos from a semi-permanent parking spot in the residential neighborhood of Radnor-Fort Myer Heights — is getting its own brick-and-mortar restaurant in the District.

As the Washington City Paper reported last week, the Tacos el Chilango restaurant is expected to open at some point next month at 1119 V Street NW, in a storefront once occupied by an Italian restaurant. Truck co-owner Jesus Santacruz tells ARLnow.com that his brother, Juan, will be running the restaurant, while he continues to run the truck.

The truck, located at 14th Street N. and N. Queen Street, near Route 50, will remain open Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Though the aging taco truck may not look like an acclaimed eatery to the casual observer, the authentic Mexican fare it serves has earned it praise from foodies, and a rare five star overall review on Yelp.

  • jigga

    ¿aye caramba!?

    • jigga por favor

      totalmente, ese!

      • jigga

        ¿who you calling ese, homebre?

  • Taco Lover

    Hope this works out for Jesus! I live around the corner from el Chilango and can attest to the 5 star rating. Glad the truck will be staying around.

    • John K.


  • yo yo ma

    must eat tacos

  • WeiQiang

    75 new jobs … for DC

  • Mack

    I ate five of them yesterday. They are the real deal.

  • JimPB

    Way to go Santacruz brothers!

  • JB

    Wait for it… Taco Bell comment coming in 3…2…1…

    • CourthouseChris

      Their tacos are way better than anything at Taco Bell.

      • Sikudhani

        If only they could find some way to introduce Doritos to the equation…

  • Buckwheat

    Congratulations Jesus!

    I remember having his tacos in early 2010 when he parked on Barton having to feed the parking meters to avoid the parking queens.

    Great tacos! Great people! Fun experience!

    Now for Taco Bell

  • Roycroft

    I am glad to hear the truck is not going away.

  • bringmetheyuppies

    I hope a new taco truck with lower prices and better food parks right in front of his store all day long! Maybe then those who pay rent at brick and mortar can get some respect.

    • No one’s buying your anti-food truck stance on this site.

  • chimichanga

    Arlington’s first and last Mom and Papusaria. Good riddance.

  • Free Canales

    YAYAY! these guys rock.

  • Eating Tacos Tonight

    I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!!! 🙂

  • Best authentic Mexican tacos in Arlington/DC. None of this Tex-mex, Taco Bell or El Salvadoran pupusa-wannabe-taco crap. Too bad they’re opening in DC and not Arlington. Give District Taco’s Americanised tacos a run for its money.


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