We were seated in the Tequileria downstairs which carries a variety of over 200 Tequilas and Mezcals. The menu offers an unlimited supply of Michiladas, Bloody Marias, and Aqua Fresca cocktails. I tried the Hibiscus Aqua Fresca which tasted great, but was dangerous because I could not taste the alcohol and could see how one could get carried away quite easily. Each table is provided with guacamole family style as well as a choice of either the fruit, jicama, and chayote salad, or the mexican fruit salad. I thought the guacamole was fantastic, and I loved the fruit salad with tajin and lime juice. These were good primers before we dug into our main courses– all of which can be shared given the unlimited nature of the menu.
I ordered the Sopes de Huevo y Salsa Verde for my entree which was poached eggs over bean puree and pork carnitas on a base of a round thick tortilla made of corn. They were topped with a sweet green sauce and while I wish the eggs were a little runnier, the dish was delicious and I really enjoyed it. I also was able to pick at the chilaquiles we ordered for the table which were so tasty. Who would think that soggy tortilla chips with fried eggs, onions, beans, and salsa would be great? Well, they were. I was a big fan and found the dish to be quite authentic. Finally, I tried the egg & machaca tacos which were fine… a bit bland and nothing special to write home about, but I’d be up for trying one of the other ten varieties of tacos next time.
Even though we were all stuffed the staff insisted on bringing out the three desserts they offer to share for the table. The desserts included a tres leches cake, mexican french toast, and a chocolate waffle. There wasn’t anything special about any of these dishes, but it didn’t matter because I was so pleasantly full from such a great brunch. I recommend focusing your efforts on the drinks and food because you will not be disappointed. El Centro’s brunch will definitely be one that I’ll be adding to my regular rotation, and I can’t wait to take out of town friends here because I know they will love it and think it’s a unique spot in D.C. that doesn’t exist elsewhere.
El Centro D.F.
1819 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009