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The Dish: AM Rito breakfast tacos
Where to Get It: El Techo, 606 Florida Ave. NW, (202) 751-4394, ritoloco.com/el-techo
Price: $8 for two tacos
What It Is: Behold the breakfast taco—a gift from God designed to conquer any hangover—big or small. One of the best versions, the AM Rito, is available at El Techo, the new rooftop bar and restaurant above Rito Loco. It’s made with a hearty helping of scrambled eggs, Spanish-style slaw, pico de gallo, your choice of meat, and Velveeta shells and cheese made straight from the box.
How It Tastes: Texas purists might turn up their noses at such an irreverent take on a down-home staple, but the creamy texture of mac and cheese, combined with spicy pork, crunchy slaw, and fresh pico de gallo, makes for a well-balanced dish that’s not too spicy but will definitely put some pep in your step.
Why It Helps: In a town practically devoid of breakfast tacos, the AM Rito delivers on portion size, flavor, and value. For the seriously hungover, El Techo is the spot to get some fresh air, even in the dead of winter when the rooftop will be heated and tented. Inhale two tacos, and when you’re feeling up for it, try one of their warm adult beverages, like a mug full of hot buttered rum.