One MoCo Restaurant Makes Tom Sietsema’s List of “6 favorite places to eat in the D.C. area right now”

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Tom Sietsema has been The Washington Post’s food critic since 2000. He recently released his six favorite places to eat in the DC area for January and one Montgomery County restaurant was included in the list.

Cielo Rojo, previously at 7056 Carroll Ave in Takoma Park, recently reopened in a new, larger location just a few blocks away at 7211 Carroll Ave. Sietsema writes, “The tacos are sold by the piece. One succulent shredded-chicken taco, or juicy-with-beer-and-orange pork number, begs for another. A bigger kitchen means more variety. The taco fillings embrace al pastor; moles now include peanut and vegetarian versions.


Menu items include California-inspired traditional Mexican cuisine such as tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and a variety of small plates (platos pequeños) and entrees (platos grandes). The full menu can be seen here. 

Owners David Perez and Carolina McCandless first met in 2012 at Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. McCandless has ties to the area, as she’s from Takoma Park and her parents own nearby Amano. Cielo Rojo opened in Takoma Park in 2019. The former location (7056 Carroll Ave) is being converted into San Pancho Burritos, a fast-casual restaurant serving San Fransisco-style burritos


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