Thursday, June 4, 2015

Washington DC: Chupacabra Latin Kitchen & Taqueria

After playing tourist for the day with a DC Duck Tour (will write more about this later!) Teddy and I decided to wander down H Street to find a bite to eat. He nixed my Lebanese idea, I veto'd his fried chicken one and we settled upon Chupacabra because of the outdoor seating and, to be honest, I was not about to pass up a place called El Chupacabra. 

Teddy got a Corona and I got a frozen margarita, both solid choices. To spice things up they will put a sangria or blue curaco swirl, or make it a beerita. 
We each ordered two tacos, both of us bee-lining for the the Borrego del Fuego very hot tender leg of lamb with habanero and spices. The meat was flavorful and it definitely had a kick to it. It wasn't too spicy, but if you don't like spicy food at all, stay away. My 2nd was the Beef Barbacoa shredded beef braised in herbs. While good, both the lamb and beef barbacoa were dry, nothing a little added salsa couldn't fix. Teddy's 2nd was the Al Pastor guajillo and pineapple marinated pork, slow roasted on a spit. This was delicious, moist and flavorful.
The outdoor patio and image of El Chupacabra. 
Although the meat was a little dry, it was still good. This was the perfect meal after a day of sightseeing around DC. Low maintenance, quick and budget friendly. 

Would I come back? Yes, this is a great patio to sit outdoors and enjoy some chips, guac, salsa, tacos and margs. What else do you need in life?

822 H Street NE
Washington DC
Atlas District
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