Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Get your Margarita Fix at El Chucho

The Jackie's Sidebar Mixologist Mixes it Up in Columbia Heights

When it comes to Mexican joints, there’s something about a hint of grit that adds authenticity often missing from shinier, celebrity-backed establishments, no matter how delicious or fusion-fancy the menu. Enter El Chucho Cocino Superior, a casual Mexican “diner” from restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum of Jackie’s Restaurant and the accompanying Sidebar in Silver Spring. Now open in a former liquor store in Columbia Heights, El Chucho features the same team that has made Jackie’s a success: chef Diana Davila-Boldin designed the menu, while Sidebar’s Gordon Banks helms the extensive bar offerings.

First, the margaritas: there are nine, at several different price points. The El Codo, available on tap, is the cheapest at just $5 and came highly recommended by our chatty server (“It’s on tap, you’ll get it the fastest!”). It’s simple, not too sweet and feels a touch fancy with the choice between regular or chile-lime salt. Frozen options (choose lime, strawberry habanero or swirl) keep things cool in the rooftop heat — beware direct sunlight; stormageddon knocked out the roofttop awning — while the Rico Suave, featuring Don Julio 1942, is best saved for special occasions worthy of the $25 price tag.

A collection of spike-able house-made sodas also add intrigue to the beverage selection and come in exotic flavors such as coconut kaffir lime and spiced pineapple. Three of them (including ginger, blackberry poblano and pomegranate tart apple) can also be used as margarita flavors, too. The specialty cocktail list ranges in complexity from the simply named “Vodka Drink” to the curious “Senor Clusterf*ck,” but the “Mucha Hierba” stands out from the others with jasmine liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse, reposado tequila and Spanish bitters.

The craft beer selection (four on tap, three by the bottle) is small but noteworthy, while the extensive tequila and mezcal list adds depth of choice. Just don’t forget to wash down all that tequila with a side or three of food — the tacos and “street style” corn on the cob are top-notch.

3313 11th St. NW; 202-290-3313

Photos by Lauren Sloat

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Scientists may have discovered a more environmentally friendly way to make one of the world's most popular spi...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 23, 2019
Drink a Classic Cocktail for a Good Cause During Negroni Week, June 24-30

Drink a Classic Cocktail for a Good Cause During Negroni Week, June 24-30

Negroni Week 2019 is June 24-30, so drink this classic cocktail for a good cause....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 19, 2019
What to Do if Your Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver Ever Strays From Your Destination or Makes You Feel in Danger

What to Do if Your Uber, Lyft, or Cab Driver Ever Strays From Your Destination or Makes You Feel in Danger

If you're taking an Uber, Lyft, or cab and feel unsafe, there are steps you can take to protect yourself....read more ›

by Nina Starner Jun 19, 2019
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
D.C.'s Best Wine Bars

D.C.'s Best Wine Bars

Whether you're a wino or a wine novice, DC is home to a number of wine bars perfect for casual sipping or for expanding your palate. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen May 29, 2019
Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

Behind the Bar: Kat Corbo of The Study & Winner of Speed Rack 2019

This time on Behind the Bar, we spoke to Kat Corbo of The Study, who recently won Speed Rack 2019....read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 15, 2019
Where to Drink Outside in D.C. During Summer 2019

Where to Drink Outside in D.C. During Summer 2019

Patio weather has arrived! Grab your friends, stake a spot at the bar and take advantage of these outdoor spots for drinking and dining. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen May 14, 2019
Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Have Merged in a $300 Million Deal

In a huge move for the American craft beer community, Boston Beer and Dogfish Head have agreed to a merger valued at $300 million dollars. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 10, 2019
Neighborhood Bar Crawl: Adams Morgan

Neighborhood Bar Crawl: Adams Morgan

Here are some of our top picks featuring awesome beverage choices in addition to serving up delicious eats - burgers, Korean, Japanese and more - all ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Apr 17, 2019
A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A new, high-end blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, known as Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, which was previously only ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 15, 2019
Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon has debuted an entirely new label design, has expanded to more states...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 3, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close