The Mexican Virginian

One of the greatest things about America is the cultural mix. Which often means that you can get great food in the unlikeliest of places. Like very good Mexican food in, um, Virginia!

A previously satisfied customer?

Arlington, Virginia, is best known for the cemetary and a large, five-sided building called the Pentagon. (There’s lots of military people lurking in the Metro and on the streets, which feels somewhat disconcerting.)
It’s an unlikely place for good Mexican food, but I found it at Oyamel.

It wouldn’t be Mexican without chips ‘n salsa verde
Tacos stuffed with Carnitas ‘Cristina la Guera: Braised baby pig with tomatilla salsa, cilantro, and crispy-fried pork skin
Corn puffs seasoned with chopped avocado leaves stuffed with…

2250-B Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA
Tel: 703-413-2288

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  • Alisa
    December 2, 2005 3:27am

    In no way do I want to sound ungrateful for where I currently live, BUT Oh, My, God, how lucky are you to be at Oyamel?! Wowwy.

  • December 2, 2005 4:28am

    one of the things I first head for is Mexican.. Sushi.. and Peanut Butter every day for Breakfast on a toasted buttered English Muffin.. or bagel with cream cheese!


  • December 2, 2005 6:36am

    My only regret is we didn’t have time for dessert! I’d eaten at Oyamel once before and the Mexican-inspired desserts by Steve Klc (the pastry chef) were excellent. And since I was teaching a class, I had to pass on the Margaritas as well…

  • Alisa
    December 2, 2005 2:49pm

    we can make margaritas!

  • Alison
    December 2, 2005 3:51pm

    The corn puffs look amazing. Mexican done right is my favorite, but living in Texas gives way to a sorry excuse for a meal, called Tex-Mex. Whoever marketed velvetta cheese sauce and hamburger meat as mexican should be ashamed.