I had been to Casa Oaxaca once before with a group of fun people.  Unfortunately, I hated it.  I thought the food was horrible and bland. 

I was relaying this story to a friend of mine who said that I needed to go again and try it with her.   She said I probably didn’t order right.  I didn’t want to give the  place a bad review, so I agreed to go again.

  • Food: This time, my friend (and her fun sister) took over of ordering all the food for my other friend and me.  My only requirement was that I wanted to know what I was eating, but that I’d be game for anything.  First course was Kekas — 3 small blue corn quesadillas with huitlacoche, poblano pepper, and pork carnitas.  My favorite was the huitlacoche, but the others were quite tasty too.   Then we ordered all of the “Los Favoritos de Casa Oaxaca.”  This was the red snapper fillet with sunflower crust in green tomatillo sauce (yum, so crispy!);  grilled flank steak with black beans, guacamole, and tortilla dipped in chipotle sauce (one of the table’s favorites); filet mignon served over chipotle sauce and topped with flambeed Oaxacan cheese (loved the light cheese taste); and large shrimp sauteed with infused Hierba Santa oil and Mezcal (another table favorite).  For dessert, we ordered the Oaxaca coffee (no decaf here folks!) and an order of flan and two orders of churros.  The coffee was sweet (even though I’m a black coffee drinker), I thought it was really good.  While I’m not a huge fan of flan, it was really tasty as well.  Of course, the churros were fried perfectly with a little caramel drizzled on the plate and tons of cinnamon sugar. 
  • Service: Very good and attentive.  My friend (and her sister) were ordering everything in Spanish so it was fun to watch them interact with the server.  I also really wished I spoke Spanish… 
  • Atmosphere: It’s a small two-level restaurant with the bar on the first floor.  I prefer sitting on the first floor in one of the booths.
  • Attire: Casual/business casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: Second time was the charm.  I really enjoyed my meal!  My friend and her sister knew what they were doing (no surprise) and I’m glad they took over the evening.  Here’s what scares me though — if I ever go back, I’d only order what they ordered.   So now I’m going to have to ask my friend if there are other good things that I should try…I’m too scared to venture out on my own since I failed last time! 

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Tue-Thu and Sun 5-11 pm, Fri-Sat 5-midnight
  • Address: 2106 18th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-387-2272
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