Tortilla Cafe
Mexican Restaurant$
Today 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
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210 7th St SE Washington, DC 20003
210 7th St SEUSDCWashington20003
$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American RestaurantToday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 7:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Salvadoran pupusas & roast chicken plus Mexican tamales, tacos & more in a counter-service eatery.- Google
People talk about food network, fried plantains, pupusa platter, salvadoran chicken sandwich and bean and cheese
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Bryant Delka
reviewed 3 months ago
Tortilla Café is one of those small "hole-in-the-wall" type restaurants that always seem to have the best food around. Their pupusas are delicious (I think the bean and cheese ones are the best), and the salsa that comes with it compliments it perfectly, so I almost always order extra. I have also had their burritos as well, and they did not disappoint either. Everything is clearly cooked fresh and it's no wonder why every time I have been to Tortilla Café it has been packed with people (sometimes finding a seat can be too much of a hassle, so I'll take my food to-go and find a park bench to sit and eat at). It's easy to see why this restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - the people who run the restaurant are clearly passionate about running the restaurant, and I have never had any food from here that was anything less than absolutely delicious.
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Kendra Julion
reviewed 3 months ago
Totally get why this restaurant was on Food Network. The Salvadoran Chicken sandwaich was amazing. The real star was the jalepeno sauce. I wanted to drink it. Have the option of buying a bottle. Custom drinks were great as well. Great restaurant to eat outside and relax
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Kaitlyn Sullivan
reviewed 4 months ago
Great, cheap grub when passing through DC! Highly recommended!!!!!
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Krystal Ramirez
reviewed 2 months ago
I *love* Tortilla Cafe. It is one of my favorite establishments in the DC area. Their pupusas are awesome and incredibly inexpensive -- overall great quality food for low cost is an A+ in my book. Super value. If I had to make a criticism, it would be that the size of the restaurant is pretty small, and sometimes there's no seating available. But their service is great and friendly, so unless their management changes, I will definitely remain a loyal customer.
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David Barton
reviewed 11 months ago
I stumbled upon what appeared to be a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place, but turned out to be an extremely popular little restaurant that has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The interior was tiny and looked a lot like a fast food restaurant. They were very proud of their appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives as well as press they've received, as articles were prominently featured on the walls. While Tortilla Café has numerous house specials, the pupusa and tamale appetizers were starred on the menu. They were the clear stand outs of this meal. Pupusa: Handmade corn tortilla filled with cheese Tamale: Corn dough cakes filled with seasoned chicken with pico de gallo The pupusa came out warm and bursting with cheese. Every bite featured the taste of the thick corn tortilla and soft, melted cheese. The tamale was perfectly cooked and included very flavorful chicken, as well as olives and chickpeas, which were a delightful surprise. Verdict If you’re in the Eastern Market area and want a delicious, quick, inexpensive meal, this is a great option. Main courses here come with two sides for a total of around $8.50. For the amount you get and the quality of the delicious, well-seasoned food, this was a great value!
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Daniel Burton
reviewed a year ago
This restaurant attracted my attention thanks to the food network's show diners, drive-ins, and dives. This is a small local establishment that serves self-described Salvadorian and Mexican cuisine. Appearance wise this restaurant is nothing special. The interior has very little floor space to work with; a handful of tables takes most of that up. I can only imagine how difficult to move around it might be if this place was really busy. Size aside, the rest of the physical aspects of the restaurant are very basic. But I don't think it's appearance got it on television. The menu is quite large and can be intimidating if you do not know anything about the place. I avoided this by reading reviews and checking out the information on food network. I ordered the Salvadorian chicken sandwich, which was very good. It was well seasoned and well cooked. The sides are... Well pretty standard. Ordered a papusa as well just to say I have tried one, a little bland for my tastes. As many of the other reviews have indicated, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Overall, the entrees are really quite good. This is definitely a place I would go back to as a lunch stop.
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