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El Chucho Cocina Superior

El Chucho Cocina Superior

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Pleasant Plains, Washington
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    The experts at Washington Post and Eater recommend this place
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    Sonia N.
    "Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is a must."(5 Tips)
    Matt G.
    "Try the corn, cheese ball things and the margaritas!"(29 Tips)
    Aaron Z.
    "Great tacos and a strawberry habanero lime margarita."(20 Tips)
    Washington Post
    "El Chucho's elote callejero is worth it."(2 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 25, 2013
    El Chucho has an impressive beverage menu for such a small place, complete with a variety of margaritas, spike-able sodas and a cocktail list that includes the Senor Clusterf*ck and a Blue Hawaiian.
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    Jeffrey KaufmanMarch 20, 2014
    Definitely get the guacamole and elote for appetizers and one of the sets if two tacos for the main. Skip the asada and go with the el pastor or vegetarian one.
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    Behrad EatsJuly 14, 2015
    So many good things to try here but some of the must-haves are the Asada marinated steak tacos, Pescado fish tacos, and of course the amazing corn on the cob 'street style.'
  • Trace D.heart icon on user image
    Trace D.August 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a do not miss for Columbia Heights. The drinks are booze with booze and the food is small portions but excellent. Don't miss the Elote or the Hierba.
  • Sonia N.
    Sonia NagdaApril 30, 2013
    Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is a must. The calabacitas tacos (fried zucchini) are a great choice, even if you're not vegetarian. Ask for the salsa picante (hot sauce) if you need an extra kick.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 13, 2013
    El Chucho's elote callejero is worth it. The grilled corn is gilded with brown-butter aioli, cilantro, chili-lime salt and pungent Parmesan-like cotija cheese. Wash it down with a $5 margarita. Read more
  • cullen s.heart icon on user image
    cullen schwarzJanuary 4, 2015
    Food is very good (especially the sloppy sandwich that comes with plastic gloves), homemade sodas with booze are excellent. All night Monday happy hour is a great bonus.
  • Shiva C.heart icon on user image
    Shiva ChandraMay 26, 2018
    The salsa here is the best I’ve tasted, excellent consistency! The pescado tacos are far better than the meat tacos. Great ambience.
  • Wilson A.heart icon on user image
    Wilson AndrewsJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best kept secrets in DC. Great pork tacos, the corn is ridiculous, and the bartenders make a mean cocktail. Ask for the Suffering Bastard.
  • Peter K.
    Peter KelleyJuly 20, 2012
    Sope de Moronga is amazing. Deep rich black flavor and a fresh green taste on top. Nice with a Pomegranate Tart Apple Margarita with Lime Chile Salt
  • Leemor Y.heart icon on user image
    Leemor YuravlivkerNovember 17, 2019
    Get atún, pescado and vegetales. Wash it down with a passion fruit margarita and your are good to go.
  • Courtneyheart icon on user image
    CourtneyMarch 14, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    The tacos are great - try the tuna! The margaritas are amazing. And the service is always top notch!
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyOctober 1, 2021
    Good margaritas. Tiny, tasty tacos. Fast, friendly service. Thankfully they have bug spray to use when you sit outside.
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.March 11, 2013
    Do not leave here without trying the Original Margarita with Chili Lime Salt - IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
  • Ardvaarkheart icon on user image
    ArdvaarkJuly 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't beat a frozen margarita on a hot summer afternoon.
  • SweetBread J.
    SweetBread Jim'sJuly 2, 2012
    Tried many different items and overall, the food is a bit lackluster in the flavor department. Good drinks, though. Try Mama Chuy for better Mexican street food.
  • Mike L.heart icon on user image
    Mike LockJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the elote and all night happy hour on Mondays
  • Moritzheart icon on user image
    MoritzOctober 17, 2014
    They make their own simple syrups. Try the Blackberry Poblano Margarita or the Senorita Cluster.
  • Arnaud R.heart icon on user image
    Arnaud RéautéJuly 24, 2014
    Those guys are insulting. I was rejected from the bar because I "only" had my official French ID. It seems like it's not good enough for them. If you aim to have strict rule at least have right info!
  • Jay C.heart icon on user image
    Jay CroppsJuly 11, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Primo late night taco menu!
  • Jose M.heart icon on user image
    Jose M.September 16, 2012
    frozen swirl margarita and the torta ahogado. you can thank me later!
  • Benjamin L.heart icon on user image
    Benjamin LoewyJune 30, 2013
    Upstairs outdoor seating is the perfect spot for frozen margaritas on a hot summer night in the District.
  • David B.
    David BenJanuary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The $5 margarita on the rocks is the tastiest of the margaritas. No need to get fancy with it.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa McGrathOctober 25, 2012
    All cocktails are amazing. And the pork belly appetizers blew me away with all its flavor!
  • Tamara R.
    Tamara RingFebruary 19, 2014
    Great happy hour specials (according to Thrillist DC) - $4 margaritas, $4 beers, & $4 tacos! Read more
  • Alex D.heart icon on user image
    Alex D'IciDecember 14, 2014
    The margaritas rise far above the fray. Steak and polenta w/mole sauce was unforgettable.
  • Coco M.
    Coco McMarch 9, 2013
    The Blackberry Margarita with Chili Salt is to die for!
  • Aaron Z.
    Aaron ZimmermanJanuary 11, 2014
    A neighborhood favorite. Great tacos and a strawberry habanero lime margarita.
  • Scott K.
    Scott KleinSeptember 7, 2013
    Amazing corn and mezcal. The strawberry habenaro margaritas are good too.
  • KimOheart icon on user image
    KimOFebruary 9, 2014
    It felt like home! Cali! This tequila and bartender wasAWESOME!
  • Alex B.heart icon on user image
    Alex BookerJuly 12, 2015
    Their rooftop is nice, and a cool/chill neighborhood vibe.
  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PlacenciaAugust 19, 2016
    Nice laid back Mexican. They have a rooftop and a bajillion tequilas.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GroomDecember 19, 2013
    This place is joy! Try the corn, cheese ball things and the margaritas!
  • Brittany P.
    Brittany PeetApril 21, 2013
    Great food and cocktails, but I can't go back until the foie gras is off the menu.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 23, 2014
    Head to this spot for margaritas on tap and tacos on the charming roofdeck.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 16, 2012
    Don the pair of gloves that accompanies the Torta Ahogada and dig into salsa-drenched perfection: Read more
  • Caraheart icon on user image
    CaraMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour lasts all night on Monday, and don't miss the elote callejero.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SánchezJanuary 10, 2013
    Ok...first time here...BUT the taquitos de Huitlacoche are to die for. Get on it!!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BarthAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    For a great and cheap mezcal pick el maguey vida.
  • Andrew W.heart icon on user image
    Andrew WisemanMay 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Elote is phenomenal. $5 margarita is good too.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChamowitzMarch 20, 2014
    All night happy hour on Mondays
  • Marcus R.
    Marcus RobinsonMay 25, 2013
    Ask for Nick he will have you feeling like you are in TJ..... For real
  • Kara-anne C.heart icon on user image
    Kara-anne CurlAugust 29, 2015
    Margaritas are tasty. Tacos are good, but could use a little more oomph. Won't stop me from going back though.
  • Alison G.
    Alison GohNovember 25, 2012
    Half price tacos and drink specials every day 4-730. Otherwise not sure if its worthwhile.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ClarkJune 22, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Place does not take reservations so get here early or prepare to wait, especially for the rooftop.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CarusoSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The porkbelly appetizer is unbelievable. Unexpected amazingness.
  • Robin D.heart icon on user image
    Robin DecosterFebruary 25, 2016
    The food & The atmosphere!
  • Uzoma N.
    Uzoma NwosuJune 16, 2014
    The Elote is second to none!
  • Theodore J.
    Theodore JonesJuly 2, 2012
    Good margaritas, pretty good fried cheese. As for food... Go to Mama Chuy's on Georgia Ave
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MiccolisMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pozole is an espectacular way to warm up on a cool night.
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