I came back from traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico on the hunt for mezcal in Washington, D.C. It’s a unique liquor made in Oaxaca from the agave plant, the same plant tequila is made from. Mezcal means elixir of the gods, and we sure felt like gods when my friends and I had some at Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw.
I hadn’t been able to find a tlayuda or wide selection of mezcals before finding Espita. The Chef and Beverage Director work to bring Oaxacan cuisine to the District, “through the lens of the Mid-Atlantic.” Meaning, they often travel to Mexico to find new influences for their restaurant, adapting it to American cooking. The atmosphere there is very trendy and welcoming, a dark interior with wide oak tables and clay mezcal glasses they use in Mexico.
They serve happy hour and late-night menus, along with dinner, brunch and dessert. I think it’s a great place to go to try different mezcals and snack on their tlayuda con chorizo, which is a large tortilla filled with special sauces, cheeses, chorizo, and veggies; or their special mole, both unique to Oaxaca. Espita Mezcaleria is a real taste of Southern Mexico right in D.C.