Our travels now takes us to Lauriol Plaza, a local hub of activity only blocks away from Adams Morgan. This modernist restaurant offers a variety of latin cuisine at reasonable prices. A mainstay in the neighborhood this restaurant has slowly built its reputation to become one of the most dependable places to eat a semi-formal lunch or diner. It's exterior offers an outdoor patio ideal for a summer happy hour or for a sunday evening meal, while it's three story interior and rooftop deck allow for a comfortable setting for a meal.
I myself have been going here for several years for many different occasions. Whether it be a birthday party or grabbing a couple of drinks with some friends Lauriol Plaza offers good food and great drinks. I usually go in summer mainly due to my endless craving for their frozen margaritas. While the margaritas are bit expensive my experiences have rendered me to the conclude that they are the best the city has to offer. For food I would recommend the the fajitas or any of the sizzling platers.
On this occasion I stuck to a favorite of mine, the Del Mar which consists of beef or chicken fajitas with jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and jalapenos. As you can see from the picture their portion sizes are more than generous. You can also choose from daily specials which are always interesting (e.g. the lamb fajitas, or the seafood chimichanga) and delectable.
(Del Mar Platter)
I am a bit weary on some of their appetizers and would refrain from ordering them, especially the nachos al carbon or ceviche which is sub-par. The desserts are limited and there is no ingenuity or pizzaz to them which makes skipping dessert here a sound option. My affinity to this place will remain as long as the service remains the same, if you want my overall opinion of this place you need look no further than the expression on my face with the worlds most interesting man.
In conclusion Lauriol Plaza offers an array of marvelous and appetizing food that not leave your wallet considerably empty. The downsides are the limited dessert menu and their limited reservation policy. So if your looking to go on a friday night expect to wait in line for at least 40 minutes.