It’s obvious the level of service is of great concern to the proprietors of the new Guapo’s at Washington Harbour in Georgetown.
I had a chance to lunch there on a Sunday recently, and found a table in the shade and a friendly waiter within seconds of arrival. Those infamous warm chips arrive in front of you before you can say “and some salsa too, please.”
After that, I indulged in the cheese enchiladas with the requisite rice and bean sides. My entree was delivered to my table within 10 minutes.
Nathan Breedlove is the executive chef and Sergio Galindo the sous chef of this latest iteration of Guapo’s, bringing culinary sophistication to the casual Tex-Mex eatery. Breedlove is an alum of José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup family of restaurants, as well as the scene-y Le Diplomate.
But this Guapo’s has something that Le Diplomate never will: spectacular views of the Potomac.
The ceviche bar instituted at other locations is already a big hit at the new location, perfect for tacos and margaritas on a sultry weekend afternoon.
The menu includes children’s choices but is also robust enough for the most enthusiastic of Mexican diners. Steaming fajitas, pancho platters, seafood offerings and quail are just a few of the gems for eclectic palates.
There are also plenty of salads for the carb-conscious, but I defy you to resist those darn chips. And the fried ice cream is another challenge for even the most stoic diners.
But the most pressing reason to check out Guapo’s is the al fresco option. The patio offers views of the courtyard and is dog- and kid-friendly. This is the perfect place to ring in the end of summer, preferably with a tequila in hand.
Private events are being marketed on the website. And, if you’d rather celebrate on your own patio at home, online ordering is available for grab-and-go customers.