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Catalina's Restaurant

Catalina's is a no-frills, family-run Mexican and Latin American restaurant in the middle of a Columbia Heights strip mall. What it lacks in ambiance (plastic tablecloths and painted concrete floors) it more than makes up for in its carefully prepared and very wallet-friendly food. Its diverse menu is all made from scratch, and if you step just a little outside your comfort zone, it contains more than a few of the good kind of surprises, such as the yucca con chicharones, the pastelillos de carne (essentially little Mexican pasties), or the glorious chiles rellenos. Be sure to order a glass of pleasantly tart hibiscus juice. Its cleansing properties play beautifully with the heat from the complimentary red and green salsas that come to your table.

Cuisine

Latin American, Mexican

Parking

None

Price

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