For residents of the District, this may be the year of the taco. Since April, four taquerias have opened, and at least two more are on the way in coming months. Why the sudden interest in what’s essentially meat tucked into a corn tortilla? Many of the new restaurants, including Tacos El Chilango, El Chucho and Mama Chuy, are overseen by chefs of Mexican heritage, meaning an added air of authenticity in the kitchen. With the help of these chefs, we deconstruct the District’s ascendant dish and what you should know before you order. | By Lavanya Ramanathan and Justin Rude.
The al pastor tacos at El Chucho, where chef Diana Davila-Boldin is turning out some of the city's freshest tacos. Davila-Boldin is one of nine chefs we talked to as we explored the District's growing Mexican-food scene. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Buy Photo