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Maddy’s Bringing “Texican” to Thomas Circle

There's a new Maddy on the loose, and she's looking all shiny and new.

The gang behind Dupont Circle hangout Maddy's Bar & Grille have put up pine walls and hung wrought-iron light fixtures at their new joint, Maddy's Tap Room, located on the ground floor of 1100 13th St. NW. The restaurant plans to soft-open on Oct. 1.

The food is going to be what Maddy's chef Carlos Gonzalez calls "Texican," because he's from Texas and he's Mexican, but he insists he's not doing Tex-Mex. ("No burritos.") Instead, he says he'll be combining the comforting flavors of home in unexpected ways. Gonzalez's highlights include the chorizo burger with Oaxaca cheese and his mom's chicken and corn tortilla casserole in a mushroom cream sauce. For the lunch crowd, something called the "Best Damn Hot Dog Ever" sounds like a dining challenge to be accepted.

Expect to see beer, beer, and more beer: 40 of them will be on tap (along with a selection of cans and bottles). The bar will also feature a high-end selection of bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys.

Cigar dinners are also in the works, and they'll feature tasting menus paired with beers, capped off by scotch or whiskey that diners can savor with a cigar.

See the full dinner menu below:


Guacamole on the Half Shell 7

Pico de gallo, tortilla chips

Yucatan Cocktail 10

Shrimp, avocado, pepino, seafood broth

Maddy’s Sweet Potato Fries 7

Chipotle-cinnamon dust

Peppercorn Fries 6

Peppercorn medley salt

Yucca Fries 6

Garlic, lime

Empanadas 9

Short rib, tomatillo-corn relish

Drunken Chicken Taquitos 8

Guajillo beer sauce, balsamic braised red cabbage

Tequila Queso Dip 7

Chihuahua cheese, chorizo, roasted green chiles

Puebla Wings 10

Mole sauce, radish, pepino

Brisket Quesdillas 8

Oaxaca cheese, tomato, cilantro

Pork Ribs 10

Ancho-bourbon-pineapple BBQ, roasted corn croquettes


Soups of the Day 7

Texas Chili 7

Beef tips, dark neer

Southwest Caesar 9

Hearts of romaine, ancho dressing, Parmesan crisp

Latin Caprese 12

Heirloom tomatoes, Oaxaca cheese, cilantro pesto vinaigrette, tamarind figs

Ensalda Fresca 10

Jicama, watermelon, radishes, toasted pepitas, queso fresco, honey-lime dressing


Chorizo Burger 12

Oaxaca cheese, escabeche onions, yucca fries

Maddy Burger 11

Cheddar cheese, homemade pickles, peppercorn fries

El Paso Brisket 16

Mesquite potato salad, charro beans

Chicken Criolla 15

Chili-tomato sauce, roasted asparagus, skillet potatoes

Cowboy Rib Eye 35

Tomatillo relish, charro beans

Pork Pibil Tacos 17

Escabeche onions, fresh salad

Albita’s Casserole 16

Chipotle squash medley, arroz blanco

Pargo a la Tomate 22

Veracruz sauce, white rice, garlic spinach


Salted Cajeta Crepes 8

Calvados caramelized apples, toasted walnuts

Homemade Churros 8

Vanilla orange sugar, café con chocolate

Texas Peach Cobbler 8

Thyme, vanilla bean ice cream

Tres Leches Cake 8

Rum strawberries

Photo by Helin Jung

  • Tex-Mexpert

    Burritos are not Tex-Mex. Maybe Cal-Mex or New Mex-Mex, but not Tex-Mex. Burritos on any non-chain Tex-Mex menu are usually an after thought, but few of the top Tex-Mex restaurants even offer them. They were popularized in LA in the 50s/60s and later New Mexico introduced the breakfast burrito.

  • An Actual Texican

    Burritos are from northern Mexico.. specifically Juarez. They're different from what you'd find up here (which are indeed Californian), but there is a legitimate Mexican variety.

  • Me

    Yes burritos are from Mexico but are traditionally thinner. They normally have one or two ingredients. The American people have come to identify Chipotle or some other chains that do these massive burritos as the norm. It is not. there are plenty of other foods from Texas and Mexico that have not been presented to people. It is tough to find good Mexican food in the DC area. And Southwest food is always made to be fajitas, rolled enchiladas with no sauce (why don't ppl put sauce on enchiladas in this city!) But yes burritos are a Mexican staple but you can get those anywhere.

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  • Tex-Mexpert

    Totally agree. Burritos are Mexican, but not specifically "Tex-Mex" as they weren't originally introduced in Texas. As a real Texan new to the area where are some good Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurants?

  • jenna

    if Carlos is in the kitchen..then im sure it will be delightful.. cant wait to check it out
    and welcome them to the neighborhood..

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