Mixing the old with the new: the Library of Congress and Tortilla Cafe


An ornate fountain in front of the Library of Congress

Looking for an educational/pleasing-to-the-eye experience? Try the Library of Congress! Stunning, stunning, stunning! The fountains and figures in front of the building are just teasers for the absolute beauty that is the Library. The tours are free and every angle in this place could be a postcard (and most likely already is). We took a tour and the guide thoroughly explained what each piece of artwork represented, which we otherwise would not have even been able to guess.

Actually getting to the Library, however, can be a pain during the week. Don’t even think about driving into D.C.! Not gonna happen, my friend. Locate the closet Metro stop. Parking at the Metro does cost about $4-5 during the week, but it’s worth every penny.

After a breath-taking experience at the Library, my hubby and I headed to a little joint in Eastern

Trying to decide at Torilla Cafe

Market. It would be easy to take the Metro, but was close enough to walk. On the way we passed several little eateries with outdoor seating, but we were heading to a spot recommended by my brother-in-law and featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Tortilla Café. Let me just say, it did not disappoint! The cheese pupusa and sweet corn tamale are their specialties and the attention to detail transported me.

We had the pleasure of talking with the owner of Torilla Café for a while. What a charming woman! Her family is from El Salvador so when the food says “authentic,” it lives up to it. Her Grandmother sometimes makes a surprise visit to critique/compliment the food, and we

Our meals--pure comfort food!

all know Grandmothers can tell it like it is. She also shared how the ladies who make the tamales spend hours and hours a day in preparation to ensure they’re just right.

For my Metro pass, parking, and lunch, a fabulous day for about $22!

On the road again,

Ms. Thrifty

This entry was published on August 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm and is filed under What to see in D.C.. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Mixing the old with the new: the Library of Congress and Tortilla Cafe

  1. Francine on said:

    Such a beautiful building – great place for a family trip! Thanks for sharing…….

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