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Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St. NW (N St. NW) Send to Phone
Authentic Mexican cooking with 100 varietals of mezcal on hand at this Shaw neighborhood restaurant.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested for dinner

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Espita Mezcaleria, Washington, DC

Espita Mezcaleria Restaurant Review

: For anyone who likes traditional Mexican food, this Shaw neighborhood restaurant is the must-go destination. Additionally, the owner is dedicated to pouring out 100 mezcal varietals to folks who favor this unique liquor, so you have a real winner, and therefore it's crowded and can be a bit noisy. Interesting murals perk up the industrial space. Where to begin? Well, with the detailed cocktail and mezcal menu, and if you’re puzzled about the flavor differences between one or the other of this cactus-based beverage, staff is willing to explain. But the many drinks, which also include wine and local and Mexican beers, should not deflect you from the mole from Oaxaca, the heirloom corn tortillas and freshly made chips, and the salsas, ceviches and tacos. You can delve into a classic guacamole, ensaladas and tortas, too. As a sweet conclusion, the kitchen offers a cinco leches cake and seasonal gelato. The luncheon lineup is much shorter, but you may still get assorted tacos and what the chef calls "hamburguesa," a take on the standard hamburger but with short ribs, green chorizo and Oaxacan cheese.

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