The Place: Chaia Tacos
Where: Grace Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW
Why Live Near Here: You may be vegetarian or vegan, or you might not be, because the tacos here are delicious regardless of which kind of diet you subscribe to. To live near here means that in addition to being super close to the waterfront and all that it has to offer that you can have a healthy-ish non meat-based meal that is both affordable and delicious (and a welcome changeup from the normal salad game) at the drop of a hat.
Things to Know: Chaia is a female led, female run business that started as a taco tent at a FRESHFARM market in 2013 and which opened its first brick and mortar store in Georgetown almost 4 years ago. Just this January, a second location was opened in Chinatown and not too long after, Tom Seitsema wrote a pretty rave review about both the location and its tacos.
Chaia is 100% vegetarian and all of their tacos and sides can be made vegan with the exception of one. The products they use are totally nut-free and gluten-free, they try to use organic, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients as much as they can, and they reduce our packaging impact as much as possible by participating in a composting program.