By Robyn Mincher
We've all done it. Go to Columbia Heights Giant with plans for elaborate French dinner-everything homemade by you. Buy obscure, hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Walk out with blue bags filled with organic lettuce, some kind of pheasant and potent French cheese draped over each arm, and… decide to go out to eat.
Thankfully there's an authentic El Salvadorean café right across the Giant to go when hit with lack of motivation to cook, and its pretty damn good. A restaurant that includes pork with fried yucca root as well as above-standard burritos, tacos and fajitas, free chips and salsa, good guac, un-pretentious atmosphere, repeat-it-three-times-for-the-waitress ordering, semi-crowded but not no crowded, what else do you need to know (other than the fact that you don't have to cook it)?
Before the pricey French restaurants start to hit up the Columbia Heights scene, go to El Rinconcito Café for some authentic, cheap grub. Who likes pheasant anyway.
El Rinconcito is at 1326 Park Rd NW, across from the Giant.