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NBC Washington Calls Lauriol Plaza the ‘Best Mexican Food in D.C.’

You have to love the counter-intuitive chutzpah, the iron-willed stubbornness, even the screw-the-critics contrariness of Sery Kim over at NBC Washington who writes that, "Lauriol Plaza is sheer bliss," and that the much-maligned temple of Tex-Mex is "[s]uperb, superb, superb."

She and the editors over at NBC Washington dub it the "Best Mexican Food in D.C."

You can't begrudge someone's dining opinion. The palate is too personal to start casting aspersions on anyone's taste (though, God knows such activities make for good copy and reality TV.) But Kim, whoever the critic is, should have at least done a Google search on the place to help put this glowing review in better context; if you're going to call Lauriol Plaza the best Mexican joint in D.C., you desperately need to acknowledge how far you're going against the prevailing critical thinking.

You should also understand that there's a difference between Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex. You should also know that the chimichanga was created in Arizona, not Mexico or Texas. You should also read Jule Banville's definitive take on Lauriol Plaza. You should also show some awareness of the Salvadoran/Mexican hybrids that dominate this area. You should also have a much better grasp of the cooking taking place in the so-called Little Mexico area in Bladensburg, including the routinely delicious El Tapatio.

You should, in other words, have a much firmer grasp of the city's Latin offerings before making such a bold statement. End of speech.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • S

    I don't care what the haters say, I absolutely love Lauriol. The food is consistently great and the atmopshere is fun. I know some people don't like it because it's not "authentic" and too "mainstream." But whatever... shorter waits for me

  • A-Hole Galleria

    Well, it certainly looks to have a Georgetownesque "fun" atmosphere. Yeah, some people like Taco Bell too, go figure.

  • Nikki

    Wow, this is shocking because Lauriol Plaza is the absolute pits! Their restaurant is so huge that quality control goes out the window. Its a bad "tex-mex" food factory, straight from the Sysco truck to your plate. I consider myself a queso connoisseur in this town and Lauriol's is definitely the worst. Its like they added onions and water to one of those gallon cans of generic cheese wiz, barf! Everyone knows you don't go to Lauriol Plaza for the food, you go there to sit on their patio and people watch.

  • J

    It is certainly not the most authentic or tasty mexican in the city. The wait for tables is ridiculious and service can be kinda slow when super busy.

    Maybe the NBC writer has never been to any of the more authentic neighborhoods either. Lauriol is way too mainstream to be named best IMO.

    One good thing- the salsa.

  • Jule Banville

    Thanks for the props, Carman. Shockingly, I have not eaten there since turning in that assignment...

  • Juan R. Palomo

    I haven't been to LPlaza in several years. I gave it enough chances to prove to me that it new Mexican or Tex-Mex food and I finally just gave up.

  • Mike Licht

    Sery Kim is apparently an alumna of the U of Texas. I wonder where she could have eaten in Austin to give her this frame of reference. If Lauriol Plaza was in Travis County, there would be a mass protest against it for abusing the adjective "Mexican." It's not a bad place to drink .... Ah. Perhaps that explains the glowing review.

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  • neil

    Well, the food isn't all that great, but I love the salsa.