Posts Tagged ‘Taqueria La Placita’

Dissecting Tom Sietsema’s 2010 Dining Guide

Red Hook Lobster Pound truck: street food makes the Dining Guide WaPo's Tom Sietsema released his 2010 Dining Guide online yesterday, and in between other tasks, I've been combing through it to understand how the critic views the current restaurant scene. Before I get to the nuggets that I've mined, though, I should note what […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Taqueria La Placita

If you want Ethiopian cooking, you head to 9th Street NW. If you want Vietnamese, you program your GPS for the Eden Center. But Mexican food? You might as well fly to San Antonio. At least that’s how desperate I sometimes feel when discussing Washington’s south-of-the-border offerings. Seriously, when one of the area’s favorite “Mexican” […]

A Tale of Two Tacos: Oyamel vs. La Placita

Let me acknowledge from the start that this is an unfair comparison. You can't begin to compare the costs and value of a Penn Quarter Mexican restaurant run by a celebrity chef with a suburban taqueria designed for Latinos. Still, look at the difference in these photos: The top one is the pancita de puerco […]

Pica Taco: Much Better Than Eating Dirt

Tacos, I'm beginning to think, are the trendiest food in town, which, if nothing else, helps justify my reckless appetite for these hand-held babies. The evidence: At Masa 14, I  devoured the brilliantly conceived and simply executed pork belly al pastor taco, in which a sweet, slightly deflated Chinese steamed bun stands in for corn […]

Tacos Al Pastor: Lebanon’s Gift to Mexico

Taste Insight, "Tacos al Pastor" with Nicholas Gilman from Inside Mexico on Vimeo. Forgive Y&H's obsession with tacos this week, but I've been fascinated by the wealth of history behind this simple Mexican street snack. Take tacos al pastor. Many taquerias don't prepare them the traditional way, which requires a vertical rotisserie like the ones you […]

A Look Inside (and Outside) at Taqueria La Placita

Part of what I love about ethnic eateries (you know, I'm beginning to hate the term "ethnic" in conjunction with restaurants, but I can't come up with an umbrella term that works in its place) is the sense of being dropped into another world. To me, it's part of the pleasure of eating at small, […]

Dish of the Week: Tacos at La Placita in Hyattsville

The jukebox is thumping at Taqueria La Placita, this humble Hyattsville operation with the rusting-metal mariachi frogs perched on the roof.  The song is Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," whose bass line is almost rattling the wood tables, where Latino families have gathered on a Saturday afternoon to socialize and sample some of the best tacos in the metro […]