Inspired by leña, the Spanish word for “firewood,” the newly opened dLeña highlights not just wood-fired Mexican cuisine, but tequila, mezcal, and more. From guacamole and ceviche amarillo to corn empanadas and sopa de tortilla, every bit of your meal will be imbued with the smoke and spice of Chef Richard Sandoval’s heritage. The same is true of each drink you sip, be it a margarita, vino, cerveza, or otra bebida. You might even opt for a flight, trying an array of tequila or mezcal varieties.
dLeña is quickly proving itself to be an ideal spot for a DC date night, in particular. Thanks to their sharing plates, you can indulge in an assortment of unique menu items, or split a particularly decadent dish with your sweetheart. Of course, there’s no requirement to visit dLeña as part of a couple. This new hot spot is equally fitting for a girls’ night out, family dinner, or even a delicious meal enjoyed solo.