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Victor Albisu has been one of our favorite chefs since he was the executive chef of BLT Steak, so we were excited when Taco Bamba first opened in Falls Church. We’re proud to say we were instrumental in bringing the popular Mexican eatery to DC when we called and left messages for Chef Victor to tell him how much we love it several times a day for a month until he changed his phone number.

That’s why when Poca Madre opened in the space adjacent to Taco Bamba in DC, we had to check it out. Touted as “a refined look at Mexican dining,” how could we resist more of Chef Victor’s cooking?

  • Start with a twist on a classic. The Fat Duck Old Fashioned ($16) sports mezcal, Ron Zacapa 23-year rum, foie gras honey, chocolate mole bitters, black truffle, and honeycomb. So complex and thoughtful, you won’t miss the whiskey.
  • The cocktail that blew us away is the Charlie & the Chapuline Factory ($14, pictured in feature photo), with mezcal, Oaxacan chapulines, pineapple, peanuts, spicy sambal, and egg foam. This drink is so savory, balanced and smooth, we almost forgot there’s a bug in it. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time.

  • Beets are nature’s Jolly Ranchers, so make sure to try the crunchy vegetarian tostada topped with red beets, fresh burrata, herby hoja santa emulsion, and pickled beet mole ($12). No tricks, just treats here.

Fun fact: Poca Madre was recently voted one of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants.

Poca Madre
777 Eye Street NW (entrance on the side of Taco Bamba, in Techworld Plaza)
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 838-5300

Feature photo courtesy of Poca Madre