El Rey

http://www.elreydc.com

January 31, 2014

J: What’s cooler than getting some tacos and margaritas at El Rey on a Friday night?

K: What?

J: Well, in January, nothing. Oooh, so pun-ny.

K: Not sure about that.

J: At least a double-entendre.

Despite the largely outdoor seating and a frigid evening (haven’t they all been this winter?), El Rey was the perfect meet-up spot with friends on Friday night.

El Rey does three things very well. First, the margaritas were great…and strong. Served frozen (K: Brr, no thanks this January evening), on the rocks, or straight-up, the beverage typically associated with warm afternoons in tropical climates seemed to nonetheless fit. (J: Maybe the heat lamps on max were giving you heat stroke…)

Second, the little tacos were…well little (J: I felt like a giant), but (very) spicy bites of deliciousness. A great combination of mushrooms, accented by a balance of pickled onions and cotija cheese. (J: Giant ate 3…still hungry.). As with a number of spots we review, more veggie options would be welcome.

Third, the retractable roof over the cool architecture of a shipping container structure made for a backdrop that allowed for a fun combination of people watching and star gazing.

Add #1-#3, mix in great company, and it was a exactly the kind of evening needed to wind down a busy week. We can’t wait to try it again, perhaps on a sweltering July evening, reminiscing about that lovely, albeit cold, January night.

 

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