The opening of Mission was on my radar because of their sponsorship of my team in the DC Gay Flag Football league. To show our support, we planned a team dinner there in the first week they were open. I was looking forward to some tacos and margaritas all week! Then, when InTheCapital, posted about the mahi-mahi tacos, I knew what I had to order. I usually avoid places in the first week of their opening because it’s not likely to be optimal service, but I had to make an exception for this one.
A few of us met there early to grab a drink. I was thankful that my friends are over 6 feet tall, otherwise I would not have found them at the PACKED downstairs bar. Once I got there, we moved to the upstairs bar where it was much less crowded to wait for the rest of our crew. I started with the pineapple jalapeno margarita. As I have mentioned before, I’m totally down with this pineapple trend. It’s been a long winter, and nothing makes it feel like a warm day like a pineapple drink. Speaking of, this drink menu will complement Mission’s outdoor patio seating very well in the warm months. The drink was good, might be better with just a touch more kick. The slice of pineapple on the rim and the jalapeño in the drink were a nice touch.
Most of our party arrived and we were seated. Since we were a larger group of 8 people, they put us back in a little nook with a table just the right size for us. It was nice to be slightly separated from the hustle and bustle and loudness of the rest of the restaurant. We started with the chips and salsa and Queso Fundido. The chips and salsa were pretty standard, and happily enjoyed by our hungry table. The queso was a little different. It was basically a hunk of warm cheese in a tiny crock served with tortillas rather than chips. I’m down for cheese in any form, so I dug in. It was a bit comical to try to scoop or separate the cheese.
I was thankful for the appetizers to tide us over, as things were moving a touch on the slow side. This was to be expected in their first week, I suppose. There was plenty of time for a couple of rounds of drinks between each course. For my second round I had the Sparkling Strawberry Champarita. Basically a strawberry margarita with sparkling wine. I was pretty sure this was going to be the best thing I ever had, and while it was good, it didn’t knock me over. Well… enough of them probably would have. Knowing it was going to be a long night out with my football guys and that many more of these $9-12 drinks would to bankrupt me, I switched to beer.
So when it came time for food, most of us went with the tacos. There were 3 other orders of the fish tacos at the table, a couple other kinds of tacos, and one went for the chorizo burger. The tacos were definitely dish of the week worthy. The batter on the fish was a touch sweet, with a little bit of crunch. The mango and pineapple salsa on top, perfect complement. The tacos were so good that even though 3 of the were just a bit too much food, I ate it all anyway. They were definitely worth the long wait.
We wrapped up our dinner and headed out. But not before getting the super cheerful, new-in-town-from-Alabama(?), host to take a team picture. The picture is terribly off-centered, but she sure was awful nice.
- Favorite thing I had: The pineapple jalapeno margarita and the fish tacos.
- How was the service?: The server was on top of things, he was just slowed down by the kitchen and bar.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: Once I zeroed in on the mahi mahi tacos, I didn’t look much further. I’d like to try the other tacos, or maybe the fajitas. The strawberry margaritas looked good. If I was looking for more savory drink, I’d go for the Rattlesnake, which is basically a gin bloody mary with lemon and jalapeno.
- What makes this place stand out: The space is really nice. It’s going to have “Dupont’s biggest outdoor patio,” there is a giant glass ceiling over the bar.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): I’d go back next week for a happy hour margarita, next month (and still probably off-peak time) to sit down for a meal. This place is going to be constantly packed, I can feel it.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): We ended up at the MadHatter for $1 beer night, but I wouldn’t really advise it unless you’re 22. Or are really broke and want to consume a lot of cheap beer.