The Quesa Birria from Cielo Rojo in Takoma Park is one of The 13 Best Under $35 Dishes D.C. Area Restaurants Served in 2021, according to Washington City Paper food editor Laura Hayes:
D.C. made big birria gains in 2021, but a surprising pick for best in the lot might be Cielo Rojo in Takoma Park. Chef David Perez makes three quesadillas stuffed with grass-fed braised short rib. Crispy cheese clings to the tortillas, as it should, and the meat is tender as can be. Toppings include guacamole, onion, radishes, and cilantro. But where Cielo Rojo stands out is with its consomé. Use it as a dunk tank and finish it off like a soup.
Cielo Rojo opened in early 2019 at 7056 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park. The “fine-casual” Mexican restaurant has been praised multiple times by food critics, namely for its pozole soup, tacos and outdoor dining.
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