Young and Hungry

Rosslyn Is Your Place for Breakfast Tacos


Osiris Hoil tells me that he's from Yucatan, Mexico, near Merida, and I tell him that I just visited the peninsula this summer.  We instantly bond. Specifically, we bond over the famous longaniza from Valladolid, these long ropes of sour and smokey sausages sold from roadside stands throughout the central part of the Yucatan.

Then, as if he just remembers it, Hoil breaks the important news about the breakfast bite I just order at his District Taco stand in Rosslyn: Its sausage is very similar to those Valladolid links. Hoil says he buys the sausages from a Latin market at Loehmann's Plaza in Falls Church.  I mentally record this information as if it were a state secret.

Then I dig into what has to be the best breakfast taco I've had since leaving Houston.

But here's the thing: I never would have put together the bite on my own. I had asked Hoil what two toppings I should put on my standard egg, cheese, and salsa taco, otherwise known as District Taco's Basic 1.

DSCN2038_optHe, without hesitation, suggested bacon and sausage. I, without hesitation, took up his offer. By the time I started eating the taco, I felt as if Hoil had just given me a tiny glimpse into his native cuisine.

The hand-bite has what few tacos possess: real crunch. It's provided by the tiny crumbles of crispy bacon, which contrast perfectly with the fluffy yellow curds. But that Valladolid-style sausage (called chorizo on the menu) plays a vital role here: It provides a gentle spice and releases small pools of orange-colored, paprika-stained grease, which add both depth of flavor and aromatics to what often is a fairly bland bite.

In other words, don't be afraid of the grease. It is your friend.

Oh, one final note: Remember to tell Hoil that you want your breakfast taco prepared with corn tortillas. Otherwise, they will use those horrid flour ones.

  • Judy

    Wow - thanks, Tim! Sounds delicious! There's a place near my parents' house in San Antone that sells three HUGE b'fast tacos for about $4. Insanely good and cheap.

    I'm OK w/ flour for the breakfast taco -- in fact, I rarely see them served otherwise in Texas. But maybe this guys' flour tortillas don't hold up...

  • bartender jobs newport

    Love tacos. I'm ok either with oil or flour. Taco is still the best food on earth:)

  • Esingles

    Thanks for the heads up. I stopped by this morning after reading your post and it was great. I didn't catch the part at the bottom about asking for corn tortillas so I ended up with flour, but I also don't mind. These were actually some of the best flour tortillas I have had. Can't wait to go back and try some of the lunch tacos.

  • 1100Wilson

    Zeus himself couldn't make a better breakfast taco. Mainly because he's Greek and would probably prefer a breakfast gyro.

    District Taco is a nice break from the ubiquitous chain food found in Rosslyn. I really hope they expand - I'm sure it would be an instant hit on the Hill.

  • Ronni Jay

    Seriously and absolutely the best chicken fajitas I've ever had, and the best carnitas (pork) on the east coast. I've traveled to California and spent a lot of time eating authentic Mexican cuisine - this could probably qualify for a throwdown with any Mexican grandma (bring it on!).

    P.S. I have only had their lunch food.

  • Paul

    Great write up. I'm certain the flour tortilla point is a personal preference and nothing to do with DT's food. I think I've had about everything on the menu there and it's all good. I hate chorizo but I love district tacos chorizo. Apart from being the best tacos I've ever had Osiris is one of the nicest dudes you'll meet. I am proud to say that since district taco has setup at rosslyn I haven't had a Baja fresh or chipotle meal.

    Osiris makes his own guac, his own salsas, his own pico and everything is fresh. He even adds a grill sometimes outside the stand for some Carne/pollo asada which smells and tastes amazing. Pretty much, for 6 bucks to grab two lunch tacos and a drink or two breakfast tacos and a coffee, there isn't any other place to go.

  • Whitney