Taqueria Poblano, Arlington, VA

One somewhat overlooked thing about Taqueria Poblano is the relatively gentle pricing of their Margaritas ($6.25), made with fresh lime juice and not that awful Rose’s stuff. My young dining companion got his usual Diet Coke ($1.79 with refills).

The Taqueria Poblano in Arlington has always had super-friendly service (the owner is often there behind the bar), and this evening was no exception. This is good, reliable Tex-Mex where there are slight twists on things, but a lot of things also taste a lot alike.

A Tostada ($11.95) was essentially a taco salad, the huge, plate-sized tortilla at the bottom mounded with green chili pork, refried beans, cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, a ton of shredded lettuce, and avocado dressing. “You just never know what you’re going to dig up next,” Matt commented.

I’ve always been a sucker for burritos, and a Chile-Braised Beef Burrito “Al Arriba” ($11.25) was a submarine-sized thing, made with lots of beef, refried pinto beans, cheese, and pico de gallo. During the course of the scarfage, I probably added about four types of hot sauce as well.

The Lee-Harrison shopping center where Taqueria Poblano is located is interesting because there are a lot of good restaurants in it, only one that is bad, and none that are great – Taqueria Poblano definitely falls into the good category for fast, friendly, family-oriented, neighborhood Tex-Mex fare. It works very nicely in a pinch.

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