|About||Tacos, Burritos, Rice Bowls, Salads, and more served in a modern fast pace environment in the heart of Washington DC.|
|Food styles||Latin American, Mexican|
|Restaurant specialties||Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch|
|Restaurant services||Delivery, Catering, Groups, Kids, Outdoor, Takeout, Walkins|
El Sueño - The Dream
Owning his own restaurant has been the dream of co-owner and executive chef Giovanni Orellana since his early days working in a kitchen. His most significant professional desire has been to create a restaurant that allowed him the opportunity to share easy to eat, homemade food that brings people together. Family and community are extremely important in Latin American culture, and Orellana wants to, in this restaurant, recreate the atmosphere and joy of having your grandmother, mother and aunts cooking for the whole family on a Sunday afternoon. “The aroma, sight, and textures of a family meal bring back childhood memories, and that’s what I want to showcase in this restaurant,” Orellana says.
Taqueria Local’s cuisine uses locally sourced ingredients in traditional and unexpected ways, but always with the goal of making tacos that make culinary sense. Co-owners Antonis Karagounis and Arman Amirshahi agree with Orellana’s vision. As Karagounis notes, “tacos are my family’s favorite food, and what we eat at Sunday dinner, which is when everyone eats together. Having my four kids hold their plate up for another serving is the cutest thing and these are the memories that will stay forever.”
Giving Back - Community Love
Co-owners Arman Amirshahi and Antonis Karagounis’ ties to the Nation’s Capital extend back three decades. In that time, Amirshahi and Karagounis have a long history of being dedicated to the empowerment of area youths, like Orellana (who has excelled at the duo’s Barcode Restaurant), entering a workforce where success is not guaranteed. However, through Taqueria Local, many longtime employees of companies owned by Karagounis and Amirshahi will work there, share success, and eventually manage their own Taqueria Local restaurants as the business expands into other locations.
Above minimum wage salaries and a profit sharing bonus structure are also crucial to Taqueria Local’s community goals. The desire to see people share into th