Mexican food, the real stuff, is hard to find in Washington, D.C. That’s what I’ve heard from people from Mexico, Los Angeles; and even New York City. Most places in the District are fusion spots, mixing cuisines from different Central and South American countries. I also realized this once I finally went to Mexico myself and tried the fresh tacos off the street. Luckily, Pica Taco off of U Street reminds me of that.
It’s a small spot that you might miss if you aren’t looking for the sign. There’s no table service, so people just order what they want and pay at the cashier, then pick it up when their number’s called. It’s nice that it’s informal, and I think that brings the price down a bit, too.
Their tacos are my favorite part. You can order a few with different fillings, like the pastor or the chorizo. They’re served with black beans and rice, and special sauces you can grab out of the refrigerator in the front. They also have enchiladas, tortas, yucca, tamales, a whole veggie menu, and more. I haven’t tried the horchata yet, but maybe I’ll try it next time!