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Fuego Cocina y Tequileria literally means "fire kitchen and tequila bar," and is the Passion Food Hospitality partners’ – Chef Jeff Tunks, Gus DiMillo, and David Wizenberg’s – newest restaurant venture. Located in the vibrant Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is a temple of traditional Mexican cuisine serving in-your-face-food with authentic, robust, not-for-the-faint-of-heart flavors and textures.
Guests will welcome the casual setting that feels as if they’ve stumbled across an old cantina in Mexico City that’s been revived with a modern edge. Like the artisanal cuisine of Mexico, Fuego’s décor further embodies the tradition of hand-craftsmanship. Embossed leathers evoke the floral prints of old-world Mexico, with inlays of distressed wood and antique mirrors. Woven textiles and splashes of hot colors draw influence from Aztec culture, and jagged tile patterns create movement over the surface of the walls.
The two-level space is anchored by a newly built 50-foot bar that wraps around the main level; three focal walls are shelved with both old and new glass bottles, showcasing a full array of cocktails, and over 100 tequilas as well as signature margaritas. Brushed metal barstools belly-up to a zodiac man-made stone bar that is designed to replicate the wear-and-tear of a well-loved, much-frequented watering hole. Dangling pendants illuminate the rustic lounge seating, and an outdoor patio creates a fresh air happy-hour haven.
Open for dinner seven nights a week , Tacos & Tortas Monday-Friday at Noon, and for brunch each Saturday and Sunday, Fuego is a cool spot for hot dining!