This unpretentious yet exquisitely decorated restaurant offers Washingtonians a vibrant environment to enjoy Spanish and Latin American-inspired dishes. Tico, a colloquial term for a native Costa Rican (my home country— had to let you know!) is strategically located near the intersection of two of DC's most frequented streets, U and 14th in NW.
The Mexican-native, mountainous serrano pepper paired with lime and cilantro introduce a perfect balance of flavor to Tico's Tuna Ceviche.
Coated by the hard, crumbly, Mexican cotija cheese; the Greek and Roman cultivated fava bean; and the smoke-dried jalapeño known as chipotle, the Roasted Cauliflower is one to order from the Small Plates section of the menu.
My favorite (so far) is the Spicy Shrimp and Lobster, also found in the Small Plates section. In addition to the shrimp and lobster, this paella-like dish has chorizo and clams. Interestingly (and done well), Tico DC adds almonds and crispy rice to texturize the otherwise liquidy small plate.
The mere fact this restaurant pays homage to my homeland through its name is enough for me to visit yet not enough to convince me to return. Last week, its food did. I will be back.
P.S. Donde haya un Tico, esté donde esté, hay libertad. (Where there is a Tico, wherever he or she may be, there's liberty.) In other words, enjoy the liberating flavors of this D.C. restaurant.
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As a little boy I would repeatedly say, "A mí me gusta comer y dormir." "I like to eat and to sleep."