Alejandro’s is close to just about everything – the Capitol, the state office buildings and the private business offices on J, K and L – which means it’s convenient for a tasty lunch but it’s also crowded. So get there early.
The popular eatery is worth a visit – in our office, it’s worth at least five visits a week – because you get good food at a reasonable price. It’s also open for breakfast, and for a flat $5.99, you get a choice of Huevos Rancheros, Machaca, Huevos con Chorizo and Huevos y Jamon. The breakfast plates come with rice, beans, lettuce and sour cream. They’ve also got an array of breakfast burritos, all for $2.99. The burritos are plus-size and the plates are even bigger, so before you even get to work, you’ll be ready to snooze at your desk.
Once you’re past breakfast, you’re ready for the main event. The Super Nachos are $5.50 and are loaded with meat, cheese, beans, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. One dish serves two – easily. The priciest items on the regular menu, at $6.25, are the Flautas – chicken wrapped in a corn tortilla with spices, guacamole and salsa – and the Burrito Banado, which is a flour tortilla stuffed with meat, beans, sour cream and salsa, and covered with enchilada sauce. If you weren’t sleepy after eating the breakfast, you will be after partaking of the Burrito Banado.
There’s an assortment of burritos – beef, chicken, pork and veggie – and tacos, taco salad and something called the Super Taco, which includes meat and guacamole. A Taco Plate is a solid lunch buy at $3.75: A Taco with rice and beans on the side. A la carte items range from $1.50 to $2.75, including rice and beans together, a chile relleno and a tamale.
When Alejandro’s says you have a choice of meats in your dishes, they’re not kidding. There’s Carne Asada, Carnitas, Pastor (barbecue pork), Pollo (shredded chicken), Carne Deshebrada (shredded beef), Chile Verde (green chile pork), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage). Try scrambled eggs with Chorizo – a perfect dish.
There are dinner plates, too, and seafood combos – and here we get to the high end of the menu – but even everything on the high end is less than $10. There’s lots of shrimp: Fajitas Marinas (shrimp covered with onions and bell peppers), Camarones Rancheros (shrimp with peppery tomato sauce), Camarones a la Diabla (shrimp in hot sauce), Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (shrimp in special garlic sauce), Tostada de Ceviche (shrimp marinated in lemon juice) and assorted fish and shrimp tacos. The ceviche is a first-rate and not well-known dish – give it a try.
By the way, the tacos at Alejandro’s are the real deal – small, steamed corn tortillas stuffed with meat and spiced with onion and cilantro.
Alejandro’s handles take-out and catering, too.
911 K Street
(Between 9th and 10th Streets)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon- Fri