El Centro D.F. will open a second location of its vibrant Taqueria and Tequileria at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007 in Georgetown in mid-August. Renowned chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval is working with chef Juan Romero to showcase his popular Mexican comfort food, full of authentic flavors found throughout his homeland. New dishes will be introduced on the Georgetown menu along with house-infused tequilas. Diners can anticipate over 200 different types of tequila and mezcal, handcrafted margaritas, and classic Latin cocktails to pair with Sandoval’s menu.
The Georgetown El Centro D.F. is similar in design to its sister restaurant on 14th Street, with the addition of a secluded outdoor patio that can seat 44 guests. Spread over two floors, the restaurant can accommodate 81 guests on the first level and 65 guests on the second. For this project, architect and designer, Brie Husted, drew inspirations from traditional Mexican towns. “El Centro D.F. Georgetown embodies the spirit of Mexico City,” says Husted. “The ground floor features a wooden vaulted ceiling with masonry wall structure, reclaimed wooden tables and comfortable benches. The upper level has a café sentiment with reclaimed wood lathe and custom murals created using old wood, used metal, and Mexican newspapers. The garden patio has old world charm with ivy climbing up a neighboring brick wall, a large bar and a fire bit.”
El Centro D.F. will be introducing new menu items in Georgetown. Guests can anticipate four variations of guacamole, Traditional, Bacon, Tuna Tartar, and Spicy Crab, each prepared tableside. An assortment of traditional Mexican braises, or Cazuelas, served with warm tortillas, Mexican-style rice, and creamy yogurt crema fresca will also be available. Highlights include the Roasted Chicken with mole poblano and plantain; Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with corn masa flatbread, goat cheese and truffle oil, and the Beef Short Ribs with tamarind mole and root vegetable. Other new additions include Iron Skillet Fajitas including chicken, steak, shrimp and market vegetables, and new taco selections include Vuelve a la Vida with octopus, shrimp, scallop, chorizo, and tomatillo salsa; Roasted Octopus with rojas, pico de gallo and chile de árbol sesame salsa, as well as Gratineed Scallop & Chorizo, made with avocado, pickled chiles and chile cascabel aioli.
The restaurant’s most popular menu items will carry over to the new location and include Appetizers, For The Table, Soups & Salads, Tacos, Chef’s Specials, Enchiladas and Sides, for lunch or dinner, as well as the generous weekend bottomless brunch.
Guests can look forward the popular Grilled Skirt Steak Huarches with corn masa flatbread, caramelized onion, cilantro, black bean, Mexican cheeses, crema and salsa roja, and from the sea comes the Jalisco Shrimp & Crab with Oaxaca cheese, corn, rajas, crema fresco, plantain, and cilantro rice.
Patrons seeking libations will find a diverse selection of over 200 tequilas, including blancos, reposados, anejos, premium, micro and house-infused. For those seeking an alternative to traditional tequila, the menu at El Centro D.F. features over 30 different mezcals .
Also available are a variety of house-infused tequilas crafted at the restaurant. These infusions include jalapeno infused 100 percent agave tequila; watermelon & cucumber infused 100 percent agave tequila, pineapple & cinnamon infused 100 percent agave tequila, cactus pear infused 100 percent agave tequila; and mango infused 100 percent agave tequila. These infusions will be incorporated into El Centro’s specialty cocktails. Highlights include the El Centro Margarita made with house-made mango or strawberry puree, the Mojito Mexicano with El Jimador, lime, mint and chili-ginger, and the Red and Smoky with Vida Mezcal, chili-ginger, and hibiscus agua-fresca. Frozen margaritas will also be available throughout the restaurant along with house-made sodas.