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The hip-Mex craze continues with the opening of Fuego Cocina y Tequileria today. You can grab a seat at the bar of the Clarendon spot as early as 3 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.

Fuego is the latest restaurant from Passion Food Group, the people behind DC Coast, Acadiana, District Commons, and more. Mexico City native and chef Alfredo Solis, who’s been with the restaurant for more than a decade, is serving up nine varieties of tacos (two for $7), including beef tongue, Jalisco-style roasted goat, and Yucatan-style roasted squash. Corn tortillas are made in-house.

Entrees ($15-24) include grilled chicken with green mole sauce, copper pot slow-cooked carnitas, and a Veracruz-style red snapper with tomato, green olives, capers, and jalapeños. Fuego will also offer botanas or snacks ($8-13) like flautas with shredded duck confit, Oaxaca cheese, and mole negro, Dos Equis beer steamed mussels, and tuna tartare taquitos. Guac goes for $9. (Compare that to other Mexican spots around town on our chart below.)

And, oh yes, tequila. The restaurant has more than 100 varieties, including some “sipping tequilas.” A traditional margarita costs $6, while other frozen specialties, including the hibiscus margarita, are $8.50.

Brunch starts this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Passion Food Group team has already been hyping the authenticity of its Mexican food. Back in July, restaurateur/chef Jeff Tunks told Y&H he would rate Fuego a nine out of 10 on the authenticity scale. “I’m not sure about the grub worms and the crickets,” he said. “But when it comes to good carnitas and carne asada and moles, we’re going to be as true to form as possible.”

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; (571) 970-2180; fuegova.com.

Photo by Jessica Sidman