Carne Deshilada at El Rinconcito in DC

In the early days of Chowhound I championed the Salvadoran dish of carne deshilada at El Rinconcito. It was my first one. Over the years, it’s usually been the first dish I order to try out a new Salvadoran place. It’s always decent but not really a thrill.

Two decades later, the idea that it would be the same deliciousness seemed preposterous to me. How many chefs must have come and gone that could have made small changes to this very simple dish that would knock it off its pedestal.

I am here to tell you that it is still the same thrill. You have the option of ordering it without egg, but I order the egg. It is served with a stick of queso duro, two slices of avocado, back beans and rice, and two tortillas.

The only thing that’s changed is the price.

There are two locations: 11th and M Sts, NW and Columbia Heights.