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James Beard award winning chef Ann Cashion and business partner John Fulchino, originally opened Taqueria Nacional on Capitol Hill behind their restaurant, Johnnny’s Half Shell. Taqueria Nacional is now located along the popular 14th St. corridor and in the heart of Mount Pleasant. The T St. location occupies a historically significant former United States post office, seating 45 guests inside, and is complemented by intimate yet informal garden seating. In Mount Pleasant, the smaller shop invites guests to imbibe at the counter, relax outside, or take their food to go.

Taqueria Nacional has continually been recognized for its high quality and authenticity. Bon Appetit magazine honored the restaurant in 2007, naming it one of the five best new Mexican restaurants in the United States. The Mexican Embassy added to that honor in 2009 with a medal of distinction for Taqueria Nacional’s faithful reproduction of classical Mexican flavors. Sourcing product from local farmers who practice organic and sustainable farming methods, Taqueria Nacional continues to produce authentic Mexican tacos. The tacos are made to order, served on fresh, corn tortillas, and priced affordably. In addition, house made margaritas, mexican canned beer, and Taqueria Nacional's acclaimed aguas frescas are also offered.

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From the Press


Amanda McClements, Owner of Salt & Sundry owner via Washington Post 

"One of my favorite lunch spots is Taqueria Nacional. The chef and owner, Ann Cashion, who has done so much for the food scene in D.C. in the past couple decades, sources ingredients with a lot of care, which I love. I’d go for carnitas tacos, chips and queso and a peach margarita with salt."


Tierney Plumb,

"When she relocated power dining spot Johnny’s Half Shell from the its perch on Capitol Hill to Adams Morgan, the underrated taco shop James Beard Award-winning chef Ann Cashion created in the back moved too, setting up shop as a standalone eatery on T Street NW. The updated Taqueria Nacional fills its freshly made corn tortillas (never flour) with everything from grilled steak and marinated lamb to fried squash blossoms (when in season)."


Alicia Mazzara,

"Taqueria Nacional, brilliantly located... serves breakfast tacos and quesadillas until noon... If you get fed up waiting an hour for a table at one of those 14th Street seventh circle of brunch hell, give up and go here. You’ll be done before Ted’s calls you to tell your table is ready."

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