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Photos By Franz Mahr, Words By Brandon Wetherbee


Oyamel has the best happy hour in Penn Quarter, the best tacos downtown, a must-try ceviche, famous salt air-topped margaritas and some of the best lighting of any restaurant in D.C. We’re informing you about their current Mexican Independence Day specials because five good reasons to visit 401 7th St NW may not be enough.


The modern Mexican restaurant will celebrate Mexican Independence through Tuesday with five special dishes: chile en nogada, menudo norteno, lamb birria, tamal con puerco and enchiladas verdes.


The tamal con puerco has port confit stuffed in a corn tamal, topped with salsa, yucateca and crema. The enchiladas verdes feature a house-made corn tortilla stuffed with pulled chicken and topped with salsa verde cocida and melted chihuahua cheese. Both dishes taste like something you’d find in a Californian kitchen, comforting and simple.


The lamb birria is something you’re not likely to make at home. Lamb rubbed in a guajillo paste braised and served as a stew with rice and chickpeas, topped with onion and cilantro.


Oyamel has been thriving in Penn Quarter for the last seven years. Every once in a while you may need a reminder to stop by. This special menu is a fine reminder.