Photo by Lynda Giddens (Flickr)

After applying for a liquor license, I’m happy to say Pica Taco (14th and Florida) is now serving beer. They have bottles of Corona, Dos Equis, Miller Light, and Negra Modelo available. So next time you stop in for a taco, sit down and enjoy a beer as well.

Liquor license application from Pica Taco

 Good to see that Pica Taco (14th/Florida) is doing well enough to apply for a liquor license. When I go in I usually get take out but this will definitely be a motivator for people to stay and eat in.

Seemed like everyone enjoyed my list of businesses coming to the U street corridor. A commenter suggested I write a list of recently opened businesses along U street, as they’re hard to keep up with (I agree!) – so here’s a list of businesses that have opened along the 14th and U corridor in 2010 (there are a lot more that opened in late 2009 – think Cork Market, Masa 14, JJ’s Philly Cheesesteaks):

  • Angelico Pizza at 14/U – Formerly drunk-haven Jumbo Slice, Angelico Pizza, a local pizza chain, seems to be catering to the same drunk pizza crowd. U Street Girl says that based on a small sample it’s still best consumed drunk.
  • Bistro La Bonne at 13/U – This French-themed bistro opened after Axis closed in January. The same owners bring you good French cooking, a great beer list, and a relaxed vibe  – U Street Girl hasn’t been to dinner yet but gives thumbs up to their brunch.
  • Cork &  Fork at 14/Church – this local wine store chain opened in May. A lovely French family with a history of winemaking sells affordable wines. U Street Girl was skeptical as Cork Market is so close by, but loves the passion and knowledge that the family behind Cork & Fork offers.
  • Dickson Wine at 9/U – This wine bar concept from the guys behind Marvin, the Gibson, etc. opened in March. U Street Girl says that the food was really good, atmosphere cool, and recommends you sit at a table not at the bar-like seating.
  • Dodge City at 9/U – this quiet bar opened in April. A good beer list, no frills, not crowded, dance bar on the second floor – U Street Girl says this might be the one bar on U Street where you can get a seat and hear your companion.
  • Homemade Pizza Co. at 14/Church – This take a premade pizza home and stick it in an oven store opened in January. U Street Girl says my bad, still haven’t been. I like my pizzas homemade or already cooked from Pete’s or Coppi’s but I’ve heard from a friend that the pizzas are good but pricey.
  • Patty Boom Boom at 14/U – This Jamaican-themed bar opened in January. U Street Girl says the bridge and tunnel crowd lines up to get in during the weekend, but the vibe inside is chill and the music is fun. Plus the patties are great.
  • Pica Taco at 14/Florida – the second outpost for this small taco restaurant opened in April. U Street Girl says tacos are good, cheap, and a great “I forgot to make dinner” solution.
  • Point Chaud at 14/S – this creperie opened in June, serving a long list of savory and sweet crepes. U Street Girl says it’s good but hopes service will improve as the people who work there get more experience.
  • Room & Board at 14/T – this national, high-end furniture chain opened in June. 4 stories of beautiful furniture and a great roof deck. U Street Girl says it’s pretty but she can’t afford it.
  • U Street Music Hall at 12/U – This DJ-haven dance club, again from the Hilton brothers of Marvin, etc., opened in March. U Street Girl says sorry, I still haven’t been! It’s not really my scene but I do want to check it out, it’s on my to-do list.

Pica tacos - barbacoa to the left, pastor to the right

Last night I went in to try out Pica Taco, which opened on Sunday. With their 2 for 1 taco special their opening week, and tacos at $2.25 each, how could I not? I got 2 barbacoa (beef) and 2 pastor (pork) tacos. Now, I will couch my opinions with, no I’m not from the West coast (sorry I’ve never been to California, unfortunately), so I can’t speak for the authenticity of the tacos. But I can speak to their deliciousness. They were both very good but I preferred the pastor: tangy, spicy, and just really savory. For some reason the pastor came with sour cream when the barbacoa did not. The barbacoa was good but I liked the pastor more. I also wasn’t sure why each taco came with two tortillas, perhaps it was to eat any meat that had fallen out of the first one? Because that’s what I did and it worked fine.

Some other notes: if you buy 4 tacos you do not get 2 free. You just get one, which is a fair considering how cheap they are to begin with. I had 3 of my 4 tacos and could have easily eaten one or two more, so don’t expect to be full on a taco. Also, they’re not accepting credit cards now but hope to by the end of the week. The line was a bit long and slow around 7 on a Monday, but given that they just opened I expected it.

Have you guys been? What do you think?

Pica Taco coming

As I reported two weeks ago, we now have a sign confirming that Pica Taco is coming to the old LZ Restaurant space. As Prince of Petworth reported, there is a Pica Taco in Mt. Pleasant and it has gotten some very positive reviews from a number of outlets. So I’m getting pretty excited, and hoping it opens soon.