Chef Richard Sandoval, along with partners Kaz Okochi and Ivan Iricanin, have opened this hot new taqueria in a completely revamped storefront on 14th Street NW.
El Centro D.F. — the D.F. stands for Distrito Federal, the naming convention in Sandoval's native Mexico City — unfurls over three floors. In the rustic industrial space full of reclaimed wood and concrete, the street level combines a counter-service front area with an open kitchen, bar and seating in the back. Grab tacos to go or stay to eat.
Downstairs is the dimly lit tequileria, home to a bar stocked with some 200 tequilas and more dinner seating. Finally, a spacious roofdeck boasts two bars (smart 'cause it's gonna be popular!).
“El Centro D.F. captures the energy of some of my favorite eateries in Mexico City," says Sandoval. "The restaurant’s menu is based on traditional dishes. From authentic chiles and cheeses, to fresh tortillas, to house-made sauces such as adobo, entomatada and tomatillo, the cooking at El Centro showcases the unique flavors of Mexico.”
Sandoval's comfort food menu includes a variety of tacos, from beef tongue to fish, enchiladas, small plates and salads.
The restaurant is just a few doors down from the chefs' first collaboration, the Latin-Asian Masa 14. Sandoval's restaurant empire stretches from Dubai to Las Vegas to DC's Zengo. Okochi also owns Kaz Sushi Bistro.
El Centro D.F.
1819 14th St. NW