Hyattsville Restaurants

Taqueria el Mexicano

7811 Riggs Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20783
301-434-0104

Mexican


 

$
$12.50
 

★★

Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Taqueria el Mexicano, the little taco joint from Bernardo and Clara Vargas also features excellent dishes from the central Mexico state of Puebla, from which they hail.
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No. 90 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Okay, so the dining room looks about as inviting as a 7-Eleven. But so what when the mole tastes this rich with nuts, chilies, and dark chocolate? The rojo for the adobo pork is nearly as good—slice off a hunk of the tender rib meat, tuck it into a nubbly, from-scratch corn tortilla, and drizzle on some of the hot sauce. The sopes, too, are made in-house—order one with braised tongue and savor the way the texture of the thick tortilla and the soft meat nearly approximate each other. Don’t be tempted by the typical Tex-Mex fare, such as tacos and enchiladas, which tend to evince less conviction than the authentically Mexican stuff …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Recommended by both Washingtonian, and also by a DonRockwell member who says the chile rellenos are wonderful, the mole looks great too."

Spice 6

5501 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
301-209-0080

Indian


 

$
$7.70
 

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This Chipotle-style fast casual Indian restaurant serves food that doesn't skimp on freshness and spice. If you opt for a bowl, you can't go wrong with any of the four sauce options. But for something different, try one of the excellent naan pizzas.
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Unrated (7/18/2012)
"Standing opposite a Chipotle-style assembly line, you first choose the vehicle for your meal: a bowl filled with basmati or brown rice; a nan wrap…; a nan pizza; a salad; or a kebab plate filled out with a side salad and nan. Then you slide down a step to pick your protein: garlic-and-ginger-spiked chicken…; moist, spice-soaked lamb…; avoidable tofu cubes…; or sauteed mixed vegetables….  See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"You’ve been here before even if you haven’t—you choose your rice and then your protein, moving down the line of sauces and condiments until you’ve customized your bowl. The difference between this and Chipotle? It’s Indian, not Tex-Mex, and done with an authenticity and punch that the mammoth chain’s many outlets can’t match. The gravies in particular … show real care and elevate these humble bowls beyond the base pleasures of fast food. …" See Full Review…»
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Shagga Coffee & Restaurant

6040 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
240-296-3030

Ethiopian


 

$
$12.17
 

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Good Value

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Addis Ababa native Kelem Lemu was a lab technician at NIH before she decided to open this homage to her native land. True to that vision, the dishes here are all about authenticity and prepared with care.
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Unrated (4/3/2012)
"… “My mother was a very excellent cook,” the Addis Ababa native says. “And I just love to cook.” Lemu says Shagga means “good” and “beautiful.” Among those dishes is the rich and finely textured Special Kitfo…, containing chopped lean beef spiked with onion, jalapeno, garlic and cardamom. Kitfo is traditionally served raw, but can be ordered medium. At Shagga, it comes with sides of stewed collard greens and homemade cheese. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"When owner/chef Kelem Lemu is at the stove, the cooking at this erstwhile Donut Connection, now an Ethiopian coffeehouse and diner, rises a notch and transforms the place into a cafe of cozy, communal warmth. Be sure to ask if she’s in. And while you’re at it, be sure to let your young and gracious servers know you want your beef tibs—a dish analogous to a meat stir-fry or fajitas—cooked derek, or extra-dry (the marinated morsels become more interesting than if they’d been left pink in the center: crunchy and full of savor). …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Bonchon

6507 America Blvd.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
301-209-1888

Korean
Chicken

 

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$12.50
 

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Good Value

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Bonchon is regarded by most in the area as the top purveyor of the "other KFC" (Korean fried chicken). The twice-fried chicken comes in a choice of spicy or sweet sesame garlic sauce and at some locations you may need to wait as long as 30 minutes for an order.
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Unrated (8/1/2013)
"In an era when many grow impatient when forced to sit still for 0.49 second as Google spits out search results, the BonChon Chicken chain is a kind of a giant chill pill, asking customers to wait 30 minutes or more for fried wings and drumettes. Allow me to repeat that: BonChon often forces you to wait a half-hour (or more!) for what is, essentially, the Korean version of Buffalo wings. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… At Bonchon, you’ll encounter … a symphony of relentless crunching. That’s how ridiculously crispy the chain’s Korean twice-fried chicken is, even—it defies culinary logic—when doused in sticky-sweet garlic-soy glaze. The famed birds are the number-one reason to visit (or to call for carryout, though waits can stretch to an hour-plus), but some locations such as Arlington, Centreville, and Navy Yard serve well-made cock-tails and a short list of starters, too. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Cafe Azul—Caracas de Ayer

4423 Longfellow St.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
301-209-0049

Venezuelan


 

$
$12.90
 

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Husband and wife team Mickey Torrealba and Monica Serrano run this tiny café specializing in arepas, the now trendy white corn cakes stuffed with a variety of fillings, and cachapas, a traditional Venezualen pancake made from sweet yellow corn and filled with cheese.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Arepas have caught on in DC over the past few years, from food trucks to three-star restaurants, and this tiny cafe, run by husband and wife Mickey Torrealba and Monica Serrano, arguably makes the best. The simplest version, with creamy black beans and a thick slice of queso de mano—which has the saltiness of feta but a richer character—is sublime. …" See Full Review…»
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Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).