Fajitas are the ultimate do-it-yourself kind of meal. The mouth-watering juicy meat hand assembled into a soft taco and dressed with assorted condiments is a favorite among DC natives. Fajitas come in all shapes and sizes, with various fillings. From upscale to dive-y, meat to fish and corn to flour tortillas, the selection of fajitas in Washington, DC is nothing short expansive. Check out these top five places to build your own fajita.
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3300 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Serving varied fajitas like the traditional skirt steak or Peruvian style tilapia, Cactus Cantina offers large portions at reasonable prices. You can even order a fajita platter for two, for $25.99. All fajitas are served on the signature sizzling skillet with a side of refried beans and rice. Standard condiments include the Mexican flag: salsa (red), sour cream (white) and guacamole (green), along with a salsa verde that adds a spicy kick. Wash down your fajitas with one of Cactus Cantina’s delicious margaritas.
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4515 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Guapos fajitas arrive at the table sizzling in a cloud of smoke. Available in steak, chicken, vegetable, barbacoa, shrimp and even quail, they are all served with green peppers and Spanish onions with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans. Although traditional fajita menu items exist, try the options with bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheese and jalapeno betters or the hickory smoked baby back ribs fajitas. The condiments are guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo salsa, sour cream and Mexican butter. The butter is Guapos’ signature ingredient, found nowhere else in the area. All fajitas are served with fluffy and warm homemade flour tortillas just waiting for a healthy spread.
El Rinconcito Deportivo
3226 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Not to be confused with the other El Rinconcito restaurants in the Columbia Heights area, El Rinconcito Deportivo is a dive restaurant where you can get amazing fajitas for only $13. Specializing in El Salvadorian cooking, its fajita options include steak, chicken, shrimp and mussels served without the sizzling plate. Mussels in your fajitas? This sounds too good to be true, but luckily it’s the real deal. The corn tortillas are served warm, and the side of black beans and rice is the best you’ll ever experience.
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575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For upscale Mexican dining, head to Rosa Mexicano. Its fajita item, Carne Asada, is oddly listed under the tacos on the menu. In every essence of the food, however, it is very much a fajita. Served in a personal cast iron skillet, the marinated skirt steak is paired with a side of rice, refried black beans and two salsas: pasilla de Oaxaca and salsa de tomatillo y habanero. The best part about this dish is the melted Chihuahua cheese that comes alongside each fajita dish. At Rosa Mexicano, presentation is everything but taste still takes the cake….or the tortilla, in this case.
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1724 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Alero, in Dupont Circle, offers a cozy atmosphere to partake in giant 32 oz margaritas and sizzling fajitas. Its vegetarian fajita options include vegetables or steak-like Portobello mushroom. For omnivores, choose among pork ribs, chicken, beef, shrimp or a combination of the last three for a full protein intake. If looking to share, get the Guadalajara platter that includes enough fajita fixings for two people. All fajitas are served with veggies, flour tortillas, refried beans, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and cheese.
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