I am a native Southern Californian---grew up on good Mexican food. Where I'm from in San Diego, bad Mexican restaurants just don't stay in business. At the local park, the Mexican ladies used to sell handmade tortillas as a snack. We're the home of El Indio and of Roberto's drive-thrus. In addition, I've spent a lot of time in Mexico, traveled in Latin America, and lived in Spain for a while. The point being, I do know what authentic Mexican food should be. And, I've lived in the Washington DC area for 17 years, constantly lamenting the dearth of really good Mexican food.
Things to really like about this place: Homemade mole sauce. Sangria that is real sangria, not too sweet. An amazing menu with plenty of the things we gringos have come to expect (like burritos) but then a whole lot of other interesting stuff. Black beans instead of refried. A nice selection of other Latin American plates too instead of just Mexican. If your idea of Mexican food is Chevy's, stay home because you're not going to like Jalapeno's, But if like me you've been searching relentlessly hopeing to find just sorta decent Mexican food in the DC area, then this GREAT place is going to be a welcome surprise!
And, the decor is LOVELY. Don't let the strip mall locale fool you. When you walk inside the very plain front door, you are going to be amazed by the beauty inside. It's a cute, romantic little restaurant that serves terrific food at decent prices.
How decent? Well, we were there today for lunch: for two fantastic meals, a beer and a sangria, the price was $36. We thought for sure they left something off the bill, it was so inexpensive.
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