Hey, remember that time you celebrated your birthday with 25 of your closest friends over pitchers of swirl margaritas?! Or maybe the time you waited an hour for a table only to realize the aforementioned swirl margaritas had taken effect and you really weren’t that hungry anymore…?
Ahhh… Lauriol Plaza. A summer mainstay. Corona buckets, bottomless chips and salsa and, of course, margaritas and sangria. I don’t dislike Lauriol Plaza — not at all. But I do have a problem calling it authentic. Remember what I said when I profiled La Villa on 14th Street NW? I’m a wee bit on the critical side when it comes to Mexican food.
I get the same thing every time I go to Lauriol: carne asada. So far (and I’ve tried just about everything) it’s the most authentic, delicious and wallet-friendly dish on the menu. That’s me though, what do you guys think?
- Where Am I Going: 1835 18th Street NW (corner of 18th and T Streets)
- When Am I Going: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 am to 11 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 am to midnight; Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm.
- Paycheck Pain: Depending on what strikes your fancy, $9 to $26… or $50 for an El Gordo Grande Platter that includes a variety of dishes and serves up to four people.
- Say What?: This is the perfect spot for a party… or your very loud/inappropriate friends… or kids. It’s loud. WHAT? I can’t hear you…
- What You’ll Be Eating: They say you’ll be eating Mexican, but really the menu reads like a “best of” or a “most familiar” list of Latin dishes from around the world. Yes, you’ll find tamales and enchiladas, but you’ll also find dishes from Spain, Cuba and other countries.