Richard Sandoval’s vibrant Taqueria and Tequileria, El Centro D.F., is pleased to debut a new "destination menu" inspired by Richard Sandoval's recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Twice a year, Richard Sandoval and his corporate chefs travel to a different region of Mexico to research the area's culinary heritage and celebrated foods. The result is a menu that features dishes that showcase the story and experience of Mexico's bold flavors, and culinary heritage.
We were invited to check out the new menu, with dishes marked with a special “*” symbol to note that it is an exclusive and limited time option. Available from November 16 to January 31, Regional Executive Chef Graham Bartlett will prepare the Destination: Oaxaca menu, which will be offered during both lunch and dinner service. Prices range from $8 to $12.
A surprise standout dish was the Pipian Pork Belly Tacos. Charred pork belly with pipian sauce and pickled vegetables were stuffed in a corn tortilla. With a squirt of lime juice, this little handful had lots of flavor and was one of my favorites from the menu.
The Smoked Pork Tenderloin with pumpkin mole, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, mole poblano, and Cotija cheese was a comforting dish.
I also really enjoyed the Shrimp Tamal - sweet corn tamal with shrimp, served with a garlic sauce, dehydrated mole and Cotija cheese. The dehydrated mole is simply chocolate, dried pepper, and spice. The plate was presented beautifully and another favorite from the menu.
|Braised Short Ribs - Image via Paul Wagtouicz|
|El Chapo - Image via Paul Wagtouicz|
Lastly, to finish the meal try El Centro's special gelato made exclusively for the restaurant by Dolcezza. It features El Silencio mezcal and dulce de leche swirl to give a sweet and boozy finish.
El Centro D.F. is located at 1819 14th Street, NW, 20009. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Dinner is served Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 11 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 5 PM to 11 PM in Taqueria and lower level Tequileria. Additionally, a limited siesta menu is available at the bar nightly from 4 PM to 7 PM; Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM to 2 AM. For reservations or more information, please call (202) 328-3131 or visit www.elcentrodf.com.
El Centro D.F. Georgetown is located at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Dinner is served Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 11 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 5 PM to 11 PM. Additionally, a limited siesta menu is available at the bar Monday through Friday, from 4 PM to 7 PM; Saturday and Sunday, from 2 PM to 5 PM. For additional information or to make reservation please call (202) 333-4100 or visit http://www.richardsandoval.com/elcentrogtown/.