1301 U St NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2000938.917322 -77.030452
Neighborhoods: Northwest Washington, Cardozo / Shaw, Northwest
"Meh" Mexican Food – DC is unfortunately lacking when it comes to good Tex-Mex, so Alero may be where it's at by default. I have eaten here a few times because I was specifically craving Tex-Mex and had no other options available. Opt for classic Mexican dishes here but avoid their brunch buffet - it's overpriced and not very good quality. Drinks are pretty good, however, as Alero has a well-stocked bar and makes quality margaritas. But if you're looking for quality food as well, come with low expectations or try elsewhere.
Citysearch Editorial Review – This Mexican restaurant at the corner of 13th and U streets is a popular pre-show dinner spot for patrons headed to catch live music at the nearby 9:30 Club and Black Cat. Less then a block from the U Street Metro, it's a popular spot for U Street visitors as well as locals. The neon-lit bar and couched lounge provide a popular spot for grabbing cheap margaritas--such as the matrimonial, a swirled blend of two frozen flavors--during happy hour six days a week, while the large dining room--with its warm red walls and candle at each table--is a good spot for a leisurely meal. The outdoor patio is also a popular spot (it's heated in the winter and covered with umbrellas during the summer), though part of the fun includes the larger-than-life acrylic and canvas paintings of pop culture icons in the main dining room; painted by a local artist, they always provide something to talk about over that basket of chips.
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