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1627 K Street NW

PROJECTED OPENING DATE: March 2018

Taqueria Local, downtown D.C.’s new artisanal taco restaurant, will arrive with a menu of tacos, tostadas, burritos, salads, sides and soups, as well as a handful of desserts. Antonis Karagounis and partner Arman Amirshahi, who has nearly 25 years of hospitality experience, have tapped their longtime chef, Giovanni Orellana to helm the new eatery, which mixes modern, fast-casual vibes with the appeal of a classically authentic Mexican restaurant. Standouts on the menu include the flavorful “Choripapa” taco, made with spicy Mexican sausage, diced potato, avocado and sour cream on a non-GMO, gluten-free corn tortilla; the “Remolacha” vegetarian taco, featuring roasted red beet, microgreens, feta, pepitas and chipotle aioli; and the seafood-stacked Tostadas Trio with ahi tuna ceviche, mango habanero shrimp and crabmeat avocado. In addition to its extensive food menu, Taqueria Local will also serve a variety of Mexico’s iconic aguas frescas, bottled Mexican sodas, flavored margaritas, beer and wine.