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.