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Paraíso: Must Try Mexican Food in Capitol Hill

I’m super excited to tell you guys about Paraíso today!  I went for dinner recently and had a really fantastic meal.  Before we get into details though, two of the six dishes featured will be available within the next few weeks or so.  FYI, both of the aforementioned items were apps:  guac and their tuna tartare.

Paraíso guacamole

The gauc I got had chopped pineapple and other fruits, which added a wonderful sweetness to said chunky avo goodness.  I’m big into guac though so I always get an order to start whether it’s “unique” or not.  These came with giant heirloom corn chips that were extra crispy, and the tuna tartare was actually served on one as well.

Paraíso tuna tartare

I realllllly loved the tartare so this is a definite must when you guys go.  It was very flavorful, and it had a surprising kick to it that I enjoyed.  I don’t remember what all was included, but the fish was marinated in a sweet/soy sauce with avo and citrus elements that came together beautifully; a standout from the meal for sure.

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Then came entrees!  I went with my boyfriend and we got their enchiladas, el birria and set of 3 tacos (priced at $16) to share. The enchiladas were made with pulled chicken, salsa verde crema and ensalada, and they came with a side of beans.  Expect big portions and a heartiness that will leave your stomach happy and full.

Paraíso enchiladas

Their birria was made with braised lamb, topped with queso chihuahua and avocado sauce, and accompanied by a bowl of consomé.  This always hits the spot, but especially on a cold winter day.  And lastly, tacos.  There were a lot of different proteins to choose from, but we decided to go with the following:

  • El Lechón: carnitas, pickled red onions, habanero salsa, chicharon crumble, and cilantro
  • Al Pastor: braised pork shoulder, grilled pineapple relish and cilantro
  • La Vaca:  carne asada, cabbage, avocado sauce, grilled scallions, radish and cilantro
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Paraíso tacos

Really, really solid overall.  The lechón was a little dry, but the flavors were killer so it’s still good in my book. I do wish the tortillas were a bit bigger in general, but that’s not really a big deal.  I’ll definitely be back for round two, and next time, I’m getting their chicken and charred octopus.  ALSO, please remember to get their elote because it’s fantastic.

Paraíso elote

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get dessert so the meal ended on a sweet note with their classic tres leches with merengue and mango.  Highly recommend!  I was honestly stuffed at that point, but the cake was so tasty, I kept shoveling more into my mouth.

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Paraíso tres leches cake

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed reading all about Paraíso today!  If you’re looking for bomb Mexican food in Cap Hill, you know where to go now.  For more on DC eats, make sure to click this tab, and stay tuned for more content coming your way.  Until next time, Nomsters!

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