Taqueria Xochi is a new concept from Chef Teresa Padilla, a 16-year veteran of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup restaurants, most recently at China Chilcano in Washington, DC. Chef Teresa and Director of Operations, Geraldine Mendoza, are two of the many skilled restaurant workers displaced from their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chef Teresa always dreamed of introducing Cemitas, Puebla-style Mexican sandwiches, and other authentic Mexican dishes to the DC-area. Chef Teresa, with the help of Geraldine’s operational direction, had the vision to use her furlough as an opportunity to open the fast-casual Mexican restaurant she always dreamed of. Taqueria Xochi, named after the ruins of Xochitecalt located in Tlaxcala in central Mexico, pays homage to Teresa’s hometown of San Jose Teacalco in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Through her menu, you can enjoy delicious and authentic dishes like Mixiotes, steamed lamb with barbacoa-type flavors, Cemitas and Tacos. After a successful pre-launch out of a ghost kitchen, Taqueria Xochi opened their full-time location on U st NW.