From Us to You

The Habanero Familia (Mirna & Dio Montero) immigrated to the United States about 15 years ago and counting. Or in our eyes, what feels like yesterday. 

As newcomers, we acquired positions from dishwasher to line cook in the downtown DC restaurant industry, including working for Chef José Andrés. 

We had a vision to provide the greatest cultural experience, in a single bite, and opened Taqueria Habanero in 2014 on 14th Street in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. 

At Taqueria Habanero, we provide you authentic Mexican cuisine with ingredients from the streets of our hometown, Puebla, Mexico. You may have noticed on the back of our shirts that we refer to ourselves as 99% Mexican. Why only 99 percent, you ask? Well, that's because we're above the border. 

Our dishes are crafted using the fresh, authentic flavors of Mexico. Every day, we hand prep each of our sauces, marinades, and tortillas from scratch. We offer house-made tortillas, craft cocktails, and more than 14 different tacos daily (including chapulines "grasshoppers" straight from Oaxaca!). 

Beyond the food, we have built an atmosphere where team members have become family. We want Taqueria Habanero to create fond memories with family and friends, and build community through a shared love for tacos and margaritas. 

Taqueria Habanero has established itself as one of DC's favorite spots for the best tacos and Mexican food. We have grown over the years with Taqueria Habanero College Park opening in Maryland in December 2018, and Tequila & Mezcal opening in 2019 just down the block on 14th Street.

From our humble hearts, we would love to share our Puebla-style Mexican cuisine from our family-owned restaurant with you.

Hope to see you soon, 

Dio & Mirna Montero
The Habanero Familia