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No ‘Fajita Orgy’ At The New Tortilla Coast: Logan Circle Spin-Off To Focus on ‘Authentic Mexican’

Capitol Hill's longstanding Tex-Mex outpost and intern magnet Tortilla Coast—former home of the $8.95 all-you-can-eat "fajita orgy," a staple of this columnist's Saturday-night diet during his leaner, even more shallow-pocketed cub-reporter days—is aiming to open its second location in Logan Circle in mid-December. According to a press release, the new and improved Coast will focus more on "authentic regional Mexican cuisine"—stuff like adobo-marinated pork and pan-seared tilapia in a rustic lemon caper sauce.

No mention of any new "orgy" specials, sadly.

Read the full press release, if you care to, below:

TORTILLA COAST GOES AUTHENTIC MEXICAN AT SECOND LOCATION

Fresh Regional Mexican Dishes Highlight Logan Circle Menu

Washington, DC (December 5, 2011)Tortilla Coast will open a second location at 1460 P Street NW, near Logan Circle, in mid-December.  While the new restaurant will offer the same fun atmosphere and focus on freshly made food that guests have come to expect at the original Capitol Hill location, the Logan Circle restaurant will feature authentic regional Mexican cuisine.

Katie Tyson, Managing Director of Clover Restaurant Group, said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the Logan Circle community.  We’ve spent a lot of time talking with our new neighbors—residents, business owners and civic leaders—about what they want in a Mexican restaurant.  We are confident that Tortilla Coast will give them the authentic experience they crave.”

The menu at the Logan Circle location embraces the unique ingredients and culinary styles of the Yucatan, Puebla, Veracruz, and Baja regions.  Offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch dishes, the menu is highlighted by fresh, house-made tortillas, salsas, guacamole and sauces.  Signature dishes include Lomito con Mole Negro Oaxaqueño, an adobo marinated grilled pork tenderloin, Tilapia a la Veracruzana, pan seared tilapia in a rustic lemon caper sauce, and Mama’s Enchiladas, stuffed with pulled chicken Mexicana in a ranchera and tomatillo salsa.  Traditional favorites like ceviches, tacos, and fajitas will also be offered.

Building on Tortilla Coast’s tradition of great drinks, the Logan Circle location will serve up an eclectic selection of handcrafted cocktails, and a superb mix of Mexican beers and Spanish and South American wines.  Margaritas made to order with fresh juices and organic nectars pair with any one of Tortilla Coast’s 99 tequilas and mezcals.  Standouts include prickly pear, available on the rocks or frozen, blood orange or white peach.  “Micheladas,” refreshing traditional Mexican beer cocktails, are served two ways: “Chelita,” with Modelo Especial, fresh lime and a salted rim, or “La Sangrita,” with Negro Modelo, house-made sangrita and a salted rim.

The restaurant boasts 152 seats (including 45 in the bar area) and, come spring, will feature a 48 seat patio on 15th Street NW.  The décor is vibrant and fun, anchored by a 30 foot mural of Mexican street art collected by local designer Walter Gagliano.

Tortilla Coast Logan Circle will be open for dining Monday-Thursday 11:30am–11 pm, Friday 11:30am–midnight, Saturday 10am- midnight and Sunday 10am-10pm.  Brunch on Saturday and Sunday will be served from 10am – 3pm.

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