Taqueria Xochi is the brainchild of Chef Teresa Padilla and Geraldine Mendoza, both veterans 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. With Geraldine's help, Chef Teresa 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 the menu, you can enjoy delicious and authentic dishes like Tlayudas, Cemitas, and Tacos. After a successful pre-launch out of a ghost kitchen, Taqueria Xochi opened its full-time location on U st NW.