#MadeByWomen Mexican Cuisine in WDC

Mexican native women chefs choose to bring their talents and ancestors flavors to authentic Mexican restaurants they established in WDC. Check out this woman-owned Mexican restaurant list to find a variety of Mexican cuisine. From tacos-only restaurants to fancy menus with special cocktails and beers.

1. Haydee’s @ Pleasant | Petworth

Mexican Restaurant * $$

For more than 20 years, owner Haydee Vanegas and her husband chef Mario Alas is capturing the essence of the Mexican cuisine, offering traditional food made from high-quality ingredients. The rich menu includes dishes such as quesadillas, fajitas, and buffalo wings, next to margaritas, Mexican beers, and various cocktails.

Haydee Vanegas, Co-Owner
3102 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
6303 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

2. Taqueria del Barrio @ Petworth

Mexican Restaurant * $$

This restaurant is all about honoring the Mexican culture – from the food to tiles and murals. Co-owned by Chef Anna Bran-Leis, Tacqueria del Barrio is serving authentic Mexican dishes next to modern interpretation on classic recipes. Everything on the menu is made from scratch daily, including the tortillas, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas.

Anna Bran-Leis, Chef and Owner
821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

3. Pica Taco @ U Street

Mexican Restaurant * $

Growing up in a small town in Mexico, chef, and owner Maria Villalta is recreating her childhood memories through tastes and scents. Pica Taco has all the signature dishes of Mexican cuisine, including tortilla chips and salsa, nachos, fried yucca, tamale, and chorizos. There are four locations in the DC area; all are open daily.

Maria Villalta, Owner
1406 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

4. Taqueria Nacional @ Adams Morgan

Mexican Restaurant * $

Since 1995, Taqueria Nacional is celebrating the heritage of Mexican cuisine, serving authentic Mexican tacos, quesadilla, and tostadas as well as Mexican beer and home-made margaritas. The award-winning chef, Ann Cashion, uses fresh produce from local farmers, keeping the food fresh and organic. Open daily, serving to dinner as well as weekend brunches.

Ann Cashion, Chef and Co-Owner
1409 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

5. Chaia Tacos @ Georgetown

Mexican Restaurant * $$

An exclusive taco shop where fast food meets gourmet. Founders Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern are serving vegetarian and vegan Tacos made out of seasonal and substantial ingredients from local farms. Offering a changing menu of five different tacos and various side dishes, such as black beans, soups, chips, and quesadillas. Open daily.

Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon, Co-Owners
3207 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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