Fuego Cocina y Tequileria literally means "fire, kitchen and tequila bar." Located in the vibrant Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, this 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!
About Passion Food Hospitality
The three partners of Passion Food, LLC -- Chef Jeff Tunks, David Wizenberg and Gus DiMillo -- are most accurately described as restaurant entrepreneurs. Pursuing the truest passions in food and wine is the guiding philosophy of the partnership, which has pioneered a new breed of an American eatery where imaginative food and wine are accompanied by gracious hospitality, comfortable surroundings, and outstanding value. Passion Food was established in 1998 with their first restaurant, DC Coast; and now includes Ceiba, Acadiana, PassionFish, District Commons, Burger, Tap & Shake and Fuego Cocina y Tequileria.
From the outset, the restaurants have been garnering outstanding reviews from publications such as Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Wine Spectator and The Washington Post. Their success is clearly due to the unique strengths that each of the three partners brings to Passion Food.
David Wizenberg's exceedingly acute business acumen and intuitive skills make him a master negotiator. He also oversees the extensive, cuisine-specific wine programs of all three restaurants. A native of Baltimore, Wizenberg came to Washington to join Capital Restaurant Concepts, where he met Passion Food partner Gus DiMillo.
Gus DiMillo brings to the team a keen sense of style, service and attention to detail. With his razor-sharp savviness, DiMillo assumes responsibility for service and marketing of the restaurants. His extensive management experience has been primarily in his hometown of Washington, D.C., and in 2003, The Capital Restaurant and Hospitality Awards committee named Gus DiMillo the Hospitality Ambassador of the Year.
Jeff Tunks, a longtime Washingtonian and native of Texas, is the third partner in Passion Food, LLC, and is the driving force behind the Chef-driven cuisine at all of the restaurants. In 2003, The Capital Restaurant and Hospitality Awards committee named him Chef of the Year.
DiMillo, Wizenberg, and Tunks are active leaders in the community by supporting civic and charitable organizations. All three have given their time and service to Taste of the Nation's Benefit for Share Our Strength, Food and Friends' Charity, the Humane Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Zoo's Zoofari, to name a few. Together, the partners of Passion Food, LLC are making their mark in the nation's capital, and raising the bar for others.