The Absolute Best Mexican Food In The US

If you’ve watched the news at any point in the last decade, you’ve likely been bombarded with stories of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In each case, you may have seen José Andrés on the ground helping to feed the hungry. In 2010, the famed chef founded World Central Kitchen, which has grown to become a global leader in providing meals to suffering communities.

But before he was saving the world one plate at a time, Andrands was owning, operating, and helming the kitchen at numerous Washington, DC restaurants, including the highly acclaimed Oyamel Cocina Mexicana. Since 2004, Oyamel brings a taste of Mexico City to our nation’s capital, focusing on small plates known as antojitos, not to mention ceviches and tacos. Per the restaurant’s menu, some highlight dishes include chilaquiles con salsa verde y queso (house-made tortilla chips with melted Monterey Jack cheese, tomatillo salsa, crema, and onion), Huevos enfrijoladas (fried egg with black bean sauce, housemade chorizo, salsa verde, queso fresco, onions, and tortilla), and Cochinita pibíl tacos (Yucatán-style pit barbecued pork with Mexican sour orange and pickled red onion).

Oyamel’s delicious food has been recognized by The Washington Post, Eater Washington, DC, The Washingtonian, and Huffington Post, among others. It has also received a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide, representing good quality and good value cooking. Oh, and did we mention the Obamas have also eaten at Oyamel — twice in fact, according to Eater Washington, DC.

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