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  • Mexican
  • 1819 14th St NW, Washington DC20009 38.914694 -77.03155
  • (At Swann St)
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  • (202) 328-3131
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Lunch

Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm.

For The Table

Guacamole (gf). prepared tableside. avocado / onion / tomato / cilantro / serrano   10.00
Queso Fundido (gf). melted oaxaca, panela & monterey jack cheeses   9.00
with chorizo or mushroom add   1.00
Shrimp Ceviche (gf). citrus habanero broth / avocado / pico de gallo   10.00
Picadillo Empanadas ground beef / oaxaca cheese / potatoes   9.00
Chicken Flautas (gf). morita sauce / crema fresca / bean puree / cotija cheese   8.00

Soup & Salad

Tortilla Soup (gf). avocado / crema fresca / chile arbol / tortilla strips   7.00
El Centro Chopped Salad (gf). panela cheese / mixed lettuce / bacon / roasted corn hard boiled egg / chickpeas / avocado vinaigrette   11.00
Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad (gf). grilled chicken breast / black bean / roasted corn / tortilla strips / panela cheese / lettuce mix / cilantro ranch dressing avocado   13.00
Seared Tuna Salad (gf). pepita crust / napa / romaine lettuce / chickpeas / tomato red onion / cilantro / radish / cucumber-avocado dressing   14.00
Grilled Hanger Steak Salad romaine lettuce / roasted red pepper / corn / avocado crispy onion / red fresno vinaigrette   14.00

Tortas & Burritos

Steak Torta Sandwich oaxaca cheese / bean puree / caramelized onions / chile ancho fries / chipotle ketchup   12.00
Carnitas Torta Sandwich bean puree / guacamole / habanero aioli / pickled onion / chile ancho fries / chipotle ketchup   11.00
Beef Barbacoa Burrito pinto beans / mexican rice / pico de gallo / crema fresca / mixed lettuce / morita sauce   11.00
Chicken Tinga Burrito pinto beans / mexican rice / pico de gallo / crema fresca / salsa verde / mixed lettuce   11.00

Enhchiladas

(GF).

Queso Enchiladas oaxaca, monterey and panela cheeses tomatillo sauce / crema fresca / mexican rice / refried beans   12.00
Chicken Enchiladas Divorciadas entomatada sauce / oaxaca cheese / tomatillo sauce refried beans / mexican rice   13.00
Beef Brisket Enchiladas brisket / entomatada sauce / oaxaca cheese / crema fresca pickled onion / mexican rice / refried beans   15.00
Jalisco Shrimp & Crab Enchiladas oaxaca cheese / corn / crema fresca / plantains / cilantro rice   16.00

Tacos

Three Soft Corn Tortilla Tacos, Served With Mexican Rice & Black Beans

Chicken Tinga (gf). lettuce / pico de gallo / crema fresca   11.00
Pork Carnitas (gf). pickled onion / cilantro / habanero salsa   11.00
Baja beer battered market sh / mexican slaw avocado / pico de gallo   14.00
Al Pastor (gf). adobo marinated pork shoulder / grilled pineapple cilantro / onion / salsa verde   12.00
Steak (gf). cilantro / onion / salsa verde   14.00

Lunch Trios

Trios Served With Mexican Rice & Refried Black Beans No Substitution Please

Enchilada, Taco & Soup (gf). cheese enchilada / chicken tinga taco / tortilla soup   12.00
Quesadilla, Soup & Salad mushroom quesadilla / tortilla soup / chopped salad   11.00
Tamal, Taco & Soup (gf). chicken tinga tamale / steak taco / tortilla soup   12.00

Grilled Quesadillas

Chicken mexican cheeses / roasted tomato / chipotle aioli   9.00
Steak mexican cheeses / pico de gallo / ancho mayo   10.00
Adobo Shrimp mexican cheeses / avocado / bean purée   11.00

Chef's Specials

(GF).

Chile Relleno lightly battered chile poblano / mexican cheeses / ground beef / chile chipotle sauce   13.00
Pollo Adobado grilled chicken thigh / fried plantains / mexican rice / refried beans / mexican slaw   14.00
Pork Carnitas pickled onion / guacamole / charro beans / mexican rice / habanero salsa   14.00

 

Dinner

For The Table

Guacamole (gf). traditional. avocado / tomato / onion / cilantro / chile serrano   10.00
(gf). bacon. chicharron / pickled chile / queso cotija   11.00
tuna tartare. serrano / chipotle / sesame seeds / wontons   15.00
(gf). spicy crab. chile de arbol / roasted garlic / cilantro   14.00
Queso Fundido (gf). melted mixed cheeses: oaxaca / panela / monterey   10.00
add chorizo or mushroom epazote   2.00

Appetizers

Shrimp Ceviche (gf). citrus habanero broth / avocado / pico de gallo   11.00
Chicken Tinga Tamales (gf). steamed in corn husks / avocado / crema fresca sweet chipotle sauce   11.00
Picadillo Empanadas oaxaca cheese / peas & carrots / ground beef / chipotle sauce   11.00
Chicken Flautas (gf). morita sauce / crema fresca / bean puree / cotija cheese   8.00
Pork Carnitas Sopes (gf). corn masa cake / roasted pork / bean purée / habanero blood orange glaze   11.00

Soup & Salad

Tortilla Soup (gf). avocado / crema fresca / chile arbol / tortilla strips   8.00
add chicken tinga   2.00
Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad (gf). grilled chicken breast / black bean / roasted corn / tortilla strips / panela cheese / lettuce mix / cilantro ranch dressing   13.00
Seared Tuna Salad (gf). pepita crust / napa / romaine lettuce / chickpeas / tomato red onion / cilantro / radish / cucumber-avocado dressing   16.00

Huaraches

Mexican Corn Masa atbreads

Grilled Hanger Steak Salad romaine lettuce / roasted red pepper / corn / avocado crispy onion / red fresno vinaigrette   16.00
Grilled Hanger Steak Huarache (gf). corn masa atbread / caramelized onion / cilantro black bean / mexican cheeses / crema   11.00
Mushroom Huarache (gf). corn masa atbread / goat cheese / true oil   10.00
Shrimp Huarache (gf). corn masa atbread / chipotle aioli / avocado / bean purée   11.00

Enchiladas

Jalisco Shrimp & Crab Enchiladas (gf). oaxaca cheese / corn / crema fresca / plantains / cilantro rice   18.00
Queso Enchiladas (gf). oaxaca, monterey and panela cheeses tomatillo sauce / crema fresca / mexican rice / refried beans   13.00
Chicken Enchiladas Divorciadas (gf). entomatada sauce / oaxaca cheese / tomatillo sauce refried beans / mexican rice   14.00
Duck Mole Enchiladas mole poblano / cotija cheese / mexican rice / sesame seeds   16.00
Beef Brisket Barbacoa Enchiladas (gf). brisket / entomatada sauce / oaxaca cheese / crema fresca pickled onion / mexican rice / refried beans   15.00

Tacos

3 Tacos Served With Mexican Rice & Refried Black Beans

Al Pastor (gf). adobo marinated pork shoulder / grilled pineapple cilantro / onion / salsa verde   13.00
Grilled Steak (gf). onion / cilantro / salsa verde   14.00
Chicken Tinga (gf). lettuce / pico de gallo / crema fresca   12.00
Beef Tongue (gf). onion / cilantro / salsa verde   13.00
Duck Alambre (gf). rajas / cotija cheese / roasted corn / chile de arbol   14.00
Baja beer battered market sh / mexican slaw avocado / pico de gallo   14.00
Grilled Nopal (gf). cactus / market vegetables / chayote / queso fresco / salsa roja   12.00
Cochinita Pibil (gf). citrus achiote slow-roasted pork / pickled onion avocado / salsa verde   13.00
Crispy Shrimp aji amarillo aioli / pickled jalapeno / roasted corn / carrots   14.00
Chipotle BBQ (gf). grilled chicken / cilantro ranch / cotija cheese / lettuce mix   13.00
Mahi Mahi (gf). mexican slaw / aji amarillo aioli / pickled chiles   15.00
Korean BBQ sesame seeds / pickled chayote / radish / korean bbq sauce   15.00
Greek grilled chicken / pita bread / chipotle yogurt / cucumber carmalized onion   14.00

Chef's Specials

(GF).

Chile Relleno lightly battered chile poblano / mexican cheeses ground beef / chile chipotle sauce   15.00
Chicken Zarape bacon / panela cheese / pico de gallo zarape sauce / crema fresca / creamy white rice   17.00
Pork Carnitas slow-roasted pork shoulder / guacamole / pickled onion habanero salsa / charro beans   16.00
Carne Asada grilled hanger steak / sauteed chile poblano / chimichurri chile morita sauce / sweet corn tamal   22.00
Chipotle Shrimp chipotle / black bean purée / creamy vegetables & rice   21.00
Achiote Salmon avocado purée / mango & chayote slaw / veggie white rice   19.00
Pollo Adobado grilled chicken thigh / fried plantains / mexican rice refried beans / mexican slaw   17.00
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder Cazuela pipian mole verde / sweet corn purée / warm tortillas chipotle yogurt / mexican rice / refried beans   17.00
Beef Short Ribs Cazuela tamarind mole / sautéed root vegetables / warm tortillas mexican rice / refried beans   18.00
Grilled Steak Fajitas achiote-marinated hanger steak / peppers & onions warm tortillas / mexican rice / refried beans   19.00
Grilled Shrimp Fajitas achiote-citrus-herb marinade / peppers & onions warm tortillas / mexican rice / refried beans   19.00

Sides $4 Each

Charro Beans (gf).   
Refried Black Beans    
Sweet Corn Tamal    
Plantains (gf).   

 

Brunch

Authentic Mexican Brunch. Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am-3pm.

Bottomless Brunch enjoy an endless selection of our entire sharable brunch menu. includes unlimited selection of brunch drinks: mimosa, michilada, bloody maria & choice of seasonal aqua fresca cocktails. bottomless brunch is only available when ordered by all guests at table coee, tea & juices not included.   35.00

Breakfast Tortas Sliders & El Centro Dog

Potato & Chorizo Pambazo Sandwich crema fresca / lettuce / cotija cheese   10.00
Jalapeño Beef & Chorizo Slider chihuahua cheese / avocado / pickled jalapeño / aji amarillo aioli   9.00
El Centro Dog bacon-wrapped hot dog / mexican slaw / black bean purée habanero mustard   6.00
Molletes open-faced grilled cheese / pico de gallo / cotija cheese   
bean & cheese   9.00
chorizo or bacon   10.00
bacon & eggs or chorizo & eggs   11.00

Starters

Guacamole avocado / tomato / onion / cilantro / serrano   10.00
Jicama & Chayote Salad cucumber / jicama / tajin / fresh lime juice   8.00
Carne Asada Quesadilla seared steak / oaxaca cheese / rajas / chipotle aioli   11.00
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla roasted tomato / oaxaca cheese / crema fresca   10.00
Picadillo Empanada ground beef / carrots / peas / potatoes / mexican cheese   10.00
Chicken Flautas morita salsa / bean purée / crema fresca   9.00

Tacos

3 Tacos Served With Mexican Rice & Refried Beans

Nopal market vegetable / guajillo / panela cheese / cotija   11.00
Lengua beef tongue / onion / cilantro / salsa verde   13.00
Carnitas pickled onion / cilantro / habanero salsa   13.00
Black Bean & Cheese egg / oaxaca cheese   10.00
Steak achiote hanger steak / cilantro / salsa verde   14.00
Bacon, Egg & Cheese chihuahua cheese / scallion   11.00
Egg & Chorizo mexican sausage / pico de gallo   11.00
Barbacoa shredded beef brisket / pico de gallo / crema fresca   13.00
Chicken Tinga lettuce / pico de gallo / crema fresca / chipotle-tomato sauce   12.00

Chef's Specials

Enfrijoladas scrambled eggs / morita bean sauce / chorizo   12.00
Mexican "Benedict" poached egg / corn masa cake / black bean purée carnitas   12.00
Chile Relleno Con Huevo vegetable-stued chili / panela cheese / chipotle sauce   10.00
Fried Eggs Divorciados smothered in red & green salsa / chorizo / black beans   10.00
Chilaquiles fried eggs / onions / beans / choice of red or green salsa   10.00
Carne Asada Con Huevo grilled hanger steak / fried egg / creamy rajas potatoes chimichurri   16.00
Shrimp Ceviche habanero citrus sauce / pico de gallo   11.00
Jalisco Enchiladas shrimp / crab / oaxaca cheese   15.00
Huevos Rancheros fried eggs / beans / salsa roja / avocado   10.00

Sides

Nachos requeson cheese sauce / bean purée / pickled jalapeño pico de gallo   6.00
Mole Fries mole poblano sauce / requeson cheese sauce cotija cheese / pico de gallo   5.00
Creamy Rajas Potatoes    4.00

Postres $5

Fruit Salad seasonal chopped fruit / cajeta   
Platanos sweet plantains / cinnamon / sugar butter / crema   
Churros cajeta / chocolate sauce   

Brunch Drinks

Mimosa    6.00
Bloody Mary    7.00
Bloody Maria    7.00
Michelada    8.00
Spiked Seasonal Agua Fresca    10.00

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Coee    2.75
Decaf Coee    2.75
Espresso    3.00
Double Espresso    5.00
Decaf Espresso    3.00
Cappuccino    5.00
Latte    5.00
Watermelon Agua Fresca    4.00
Hibiscus Agua Fresca    4.00
Pineapple Agua Fresca    4.00
Orange Juice    3.00

 

Vegetarian

For The Table $10

Guacamole prepared tableside. avocado / onion / tomato / cilantro / serrano   
Queso Fundido melted oaxaca, chihuahua& monterey jack cheeses   

Appetizers

Escabeche Tostada (vg). cactus / market vegetables / cotija / crema   11.00
Mushroom Huarache (vg). corn masa flatbread / goat cheese / truffle oil   10.00
Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla peppers / onion / crema fresca / mexican cheeses   9.00

Soup & Salad

Chipotle BBQ Avocado Salad (vg). avocado / tomato / corn / panela cheese / black beans mixed greens / cilantro ranch dressing / crispy tortilla   12.00

Tacos & Enchiladas

Grilled Nopal Tacos (vg). cactus / market vegetables / chayote queso fresco / salsa roja   11.00
Queso Enchiladas oaxaca, chihuahua & monterrey cheeses / mexican rice crema fresca / tomatillo sauce / refried black beans   12.00
Vegetable Enchiladas (vg). cactus / market vegetables / chayote / queso fresco salsa roja / tomatillo sauce   13.00

Chef's Specials

Chile Relleno lightly battered chile poblano / panela cheese / corn mushrooms / onions / chile chipotle sauce / refried beans   12.00
Chayote Asado (vg). grilled peppers / grilled onions / mushrooms / roasted corn salsa verde / habanero salsa / refried beans / corn tortillas   13.00

Sides A La Carte $4 Each

Creamy Corn    
Cotija Rice    
Entomatada Cheese Rice    
Plantains    
Refried Black Beans    
Mexican Rice    

 

Siesta Menu

Guacamole avocado / onion / tomato / cilantro / serrano   6.00
El Centro Dog bacon-wrapped hot dog / mexican slaw black bean purée / habanero mustard   6.00
Jalapeño Beef & Chorizo Slider chihuahua cheese / avocado pickled jalapeño / aji amarillo aioli   7.00
Chicken Flautas morita salsa / bean purée / crema fresca   5.00
Nopal Sopes cactus / market vegetables / chayote queso fresco / salsa roja   4.00
Mole Fries mole poblano sauce / requeson cheese sauce cotija cheese / pico de gallo   4.00
Pork Carnitas Taco pickled onion / cilantro / habanero salsa   6.00
Nachos oaxaca cheese sauce / diced chicken pickled jalapeño   5.00

Happy Hour

Daily: 4pm-7pm

Guacamole prepared tableside. avocado / onion / tomato / cilantro / serrano   6.00
El Centro Dog bacon-wrapped hot dog / mexican slaw black bean purée / habanero mustard   6.00
Jalapeño Beef & Chorizo Slider chihuahua cheese / avocado pickled jalapeño / aji amarillo aioli   7.00
Chicken Flautas morita salsa / bean purée / crema fresca   5.00
Nopal Sopes cactus / market vegetables / chayote queso fresco / salsa roja   4.00
Mole Fries mole poblano sauce / requeson cheese sauce cotija cheese / pico de gallo   4.00
Pork Carnitas Taco pickled onion / cilantro / habanero salsa   6.00
Nachos oaxaca cheese sauce / dicked chicken pickled jalapeño   5.00

Bebidas $4

El Centro Margarita 100% agave tequila / agave nectar / lime. margaritas are available both on the rocks or frozen   
add house-made strawberry & mango purée   2.00
Seasonal Agua Fresca 100% agave tequila / agave nectar / lime / seasonal fruit   

Cervezas

Dos Equis Lager    
Dos Equis Amber    
Corona    
Corona Light    
Tecate    

Wines By The Glass

Astica Malbec    
Astica Chardonnay    

 

Roof Top

Happy Hour: 5-7pm. Nightly.

Happy Hour Drinks $4

El Centro Margarita 100% agave tequila / agave nectar / lime   
house-made strawberry & mango purée, add   2.00
Seasonal Agua Fresca 100% agave tequila / agave nectar / lime / seasonal fruit. margaritas are available on the rocks or frozen   
Wines By The Glass house red / house white   
Cerveza dos equis lager / dos equis amber / tecate corona / corona light   

Cocktails

El Centro Margarita rocks or frozen. sauza / fresh lime / agave nectar   9.00
Strawberry Or Mango Margarita sauza / fresh lime / agave nectar / fresh purée   11.00
Spicy Margarita jalapeno-infused sauza / fresh lime / agave nectar   12.00
Paloma sauza / fresh lime / grapefruit soda   12.00
Mojito bacardi’s castillo / fresh lime / agave nectar / mint   9.00
Mojito Mexicano el jimador blanco / fresh lime / agave nectar mint / chili-ginger   9.00
El Centro Dark & Stormy pyrat xo rsv rum / chili-ginger / lime   10.00
Michelada beer / tomato juice / spices   8.00
Red & Smokey vida mezcal / chili-ginger / hibiscus   12.00
Matilda Margarita pineapple serrano-infused tequila / agave / fresh lime   10.00
Caipirinha pitu cachaca / lime / simple syrup   10.00
Spicy Mango Margarita serrano / mango purée / chili-ginger   12.00

Mexican Crafts

Day Of The Dead blonde ale / hefewizen / pale ale / ipa amber ale / porter   8.00

Vino Blanco

House Sauvignon Blanc    7.00
Chardonnay natura / chile   9.00
Pinot Grigio inacayal / argentina   9.00

Vino Tinto

House Cabernet    7.00
Malbec colores del sol / argentina   9.00
Pinot Noir trivento / spain   9.00

Vino Sparkling

Cava freixenet cordon negro / spain   9.00

 

Bebidas

Mexican Craft day of the dead. blonde ale / hefeweizen / pale ale / ipa / amber ale / porter   8.00
Cervezas all beers. corona / corona light / dos equis lager / dos equis amber / tecate   6.00

Margaritas

El Centro sauza blue / fresh lime / agave nectargl 9.00 half 22.00 full 40.00
Mango sauza blue / fresh lime / agave nectar fresh mango puréegl 11.00 half 24.00 full 40.00
Strawberry sauza blue / lime / agave nectar fresh strawberry puréegl 11.00 half 24.00 full 40.00
Spicy Mango serrano / mango purée / chili-ginger   12.00
Maldita pineapple serrano-infused tequila / agave   12.00
Spicy serrano-infused tequila / fresh lime agave nectar / chili-ginger   12.00
Prickly Pear sauza blue / don ciccio & figli fico d’india fresh lime / prickly pear purée   12.00

Cocktails

Michelada beer / tomato juice / spice   8.00
Mojito Mexicano el jimado blanco / lime / mint / chili-ginger   9.00
Mojito bacardi’s castillo / fresh lime / fresh mint / agave nectar   9.00
El Centro Dark & Stormy patron’s pyrat xo rsv / lime / ginger ale / chili-ginger   10.00
Paloma sauza blue / lime / grapefruit soda   10.00
Seasonal Agua Fresca sauza blue / triple sec / seasonal fruits   10.00
Caipirinha pitu cachaca / lime / simple syrup   10.00
Red And Smoky mina real mezcal / chili-ginger / hibiscus   12.00

 

Wine By The Glass $9

Vino Tinto

Malbec colores del sol / argentina   
Pinot Noir trivento / argentina   
Shiraz rojo mojo / spain   
Merlot montes / argentina   
Cabernet Sauvignon natura emiliana "organic" / chile   

Vino Blanco

Pinot Grigio inacayal / argentina   
Sauvignon Blanc doña paula / argentina   
Riesling - Torrontes amalaya / argentina   
Rose petite cassagne / france   
Chardonnay natura emiliana "organic" / chile   

Sparkling

Cava segura viudas / spain   
Brut pascual toso / argentina   
Brut Rose poema / spain   

 

(GF) Gluten Free. (V) Can Be Made Vegan Upon Request. Consuming Raw Or Undercooked Meats, Poultry, Seafood Or Eggs May Increase Your Risk Of Foodborne Illness.
El Centro D.F.
1819 14th St NW
At Swann St
(202) 328-3131
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