2609 24th Street NW; 202 864 6891
Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana, District Kitchen’s new Day of the Dead-themed sister restaurant, will bring life to the Woodley Park neighborhood. The restaurant plans to open for dinner to start, followed by happy hour, lunch, and brunch later on. Chef Miguel Pizarroso, who also handles cooking duties next door at District Kitchen, is making a series of starters ($7 to $15) including corn-poblano chile soup, ceviche, guacamole, and fried plantains. A main event is the tacos de lengua, featuring braised beef tongue tacos topped with habanero-mango salsa, and accompanied by rice and beans. The house Mexi-Burguesa features a half-pound Angus beef patty topped with three cheeses, grilled onion, piquillo peppers, and chipotle aioli flanked by spiced fries. Alfie’s/Lucky Buns alum Fabian Malone is heading up the bar. Drinks include Mexican-inspired craft cocktails, margaritas, palomas (which can be made spicy with jalapeno-infused tequila), and $35 pitchers of white or red sangria.