El Camino

Camino Royale

An LA-Style Taco-and-Tequila Spot

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You know what they say about DC vs. LA. DC is LA without all the great taco spots.

But thankfully that’s changing.

Witness El Camino, a SoCal-inspired Mexican spot in Bloomingdale, opening later this week.

The vibe: You’ll find it under a sign that says “YESSS Uniforms.” Don’t let that throw you. Inside, it’s basically a little East LA–style Mexican spot: a Spanish-tile bar, light fixtures modeled on lowrider steering wheels, a Virgin of Guadalupe painting, a... oh, just look at it here.

The lineage: It’s from the guys behind 1905, and it’s a similarly small space (50-odd seats). No rooftop here, but expect a patio come spring. 

The move: A casual, no-pressure, catching-up kind of situation. With some friends who won’t mind trying a beer cocktail with house-fermented pineapple. Or cucumber margaritas with salted basil oil drops. Been a while since your last one of those.

The meal: Authentic, slow-cooked Mexican, like chicken tinga tacos, tortas and chilaquiles with chorizo, which you can get till midnight on weekends.

Aka taco hour.


El Camino
108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001


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