One thing I’ve noticed about getting older is that the months start to go by super quick and before I know it I find myself celebrating yet another birthday (seriously, how is it already SEPTEMBER!? And when did I get so OLD!?).
I have to say, after my 21st, birthdays just don’t have the same excitement and anticipation surrounding them. But lucky for me, I have amazing friends that keep making my day extra special and my first birthday celebration in DC was no exception! On Tuesday, three of my best friends took me to Lauriol Plaza to celebrate me turning twenty-too-old-to-mention.
Lauriol Plaza offers affordable, delicious and diverse Tex-Mex cuisine in a chic urban atmosphere. The building, located at 1835 18th Street, NW near Dupont Circle, has outdoor seating on their sidewalk and rooftop patios and indoor seating in their two-tiered dining room. There was a small free valet parking lot behind the building but it filled up quickly, We drove and were able to find street parking along a side road. The closest metro stop is Dupont Circle and is about .7 miles away if you are up for the walk.
The girls had all raved about how incredible Lauriol Plaza was and I was excited to finally try it for myself. We started our meal with chips, salsa and guacamole and as someone who has a serious love of avocadoes and guacamole – I must say theirs might be my new favorite! It was so tasty that we couldn’t help but order a second helping! I’ve been told the swirled margaritas are incredible, but I’m not a tequila person so I tried the red sangria instead. It was excellent and reasonably priced – a huge plus, as some restaurant’s sangria can be PRICEY.
For entrees, three of us split the “mixed fajitas for two” and Katie got the fajita salad. Both of the meals were HUGE and had more than generous portions of chicken and steak. We ate till we were stuffed and there was still plenty for leftovers. At the end of our dinner the gracious staff presented me with a birthday flan and sang happy birthday… the singing was the best part of dessert, only because none of us are flan fans, but like they say, it’s the thought that counts!
If you are looking for a lively spot to have dinner and drinks with friends or to celebrate your own “too old to mention” birthday I highly recommend Lauriol Plaza. I loved the modern atmosphere and the food and drinks lived up to all of my friends’ praises. If you go, be sure to try the margaritas for me!
TIP: Lauriol Plaza does not accept reservations for dining after 5:30pm and on weekends the wait can be over an hour, so arrive early if you want to avoid the wait or try them at lunch!
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