By Matthew Yglesias
There’s been some interest over at my other blog on the question of where you might go in Washington, DC for a decent burrito. I note as a prelude that I was born and raised in New York City, and then went to college in Boston before moving to DC. So asking me about burritos is a bit like asking a Californian for bagel recommendations.
That said, in my view there are two answers to this question. One, that I used to frequent when I worked at The American Prospect, is The Well-Dressed Burrito located in an alley that runs between 19th and 18th streets between L and M. The other, that I frequent now that I work at the Center for American Progress, is Pedro & Vinny’s, which is really just one guy in a cart on 15th and K. Pedro & Vinny’s is typically known as “the burrito cart” and offers an extremely limited menu. It is, however, by far the best vegetarian option in town. During decent weather, the line can get prohibitively long, but the winter tends to reduce people’s interest in the outdoor line concept and leads to smoother service. Well-Dressed has a pretty extensive menu.
I note from the fact that both good burrito places are in non-standard locations that there appears to be something about the DC market for retail space that makes good burritos non-viable. The only way to make money as a burrito salesperson is to get rock-bottom rents by working out of a cart or an alley, and I don’t exactly know why that is. The moral of the story, however, is that everything relates to land-use and urban planning so people should pay more attention.