Tico

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Overview

Hipster hot spot Tico serves American food inflected with Spanish, Mexican and South American accents, like a crispy manchego cheese starter with spicy pomegranate honey sauce or two-texture beef tacos, all served in a funky, artful graffiti-lined dining room. With cuisine influenced by chef/owner Michael Schlow’s journeys, standouts include braised duck tacos and hibiscus margaritas on-tap.

Tico Tico Tico

Accolades

  • 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015 — Washingtonian
  • DC's Best South American Restaurants — Zagat
  • Two stars from the Washington Post 2014
  • Best New Restaurants in America 2011 — Esquire Magazine

Menu for Tico

Wine Menu

Sparkling

  • Blanc de Blanc, Brotherhood Winery, Hudson Valley, NY, NV
    $36.00
  • Sec Cuvee Rose, Bodega Calle "Baja Tanga", Mendoza, Argentina NV
    $40.00
  • Brut Nature, Bodega Cruzat "Cruzat Larrain", Mendoza, Argentina NV
    $55.00
  • Cava Brut, Joan Esteve Nadal Avinyo "Reserve", Penedes, Spain 2012
    $45.00
  • Cava Rose, Naveran 1500ml Magnum, Penedes, Spain 2012
    $75.00
  • Brut Rose, Schramsberg, Napa, California 2012
    $86.00
  • Blanc de Blanc, Krug "Grand Cuvee", Champagne, France NV
    $350.00

Rose

  • Mourvedre / Grenache, Le P'tit Paysan, Central Coast, California 2014
    $40.00
  • Malbec, Los Haroldos, Mendoza, Argentina 2015
    $34.00
  • Pinot Noir, Archery Summit, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2015
    $50.00
  • Arriviste Blend, Blackbird Vineyards, Napa Valley, California 2015
    $42.00
  • Grenache / Cabernet, Los Dos, Campo de Borja, Spain 2014
    $32.00
  • Tempranillo Blend, Sierra Cantabria, Rioja, Spain 2014
    $36.00

White

  • Txakolina, Antxiola, Getariako, Txakolina 2014
    $34.00
  • Riesling, Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl", Washington State 2013
    $35.00
  • Viura / Malvasia / Garnacha Blanca, Cueva del Monge, Rioja, Spain 2010
    $58.00
  • Viura / Grenache Blanc, Fernandez Gomez, Rioja, Spain 2012
    $37.00
  • Riesling, King's Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013
    $36.00
  • Pedro Ximenez, Mayu, Elqui Valley, Chile 2014
    $36.00
  • Riesling, Barboursville, Barboursville, VA 2013
    $38.00
  • Chenin Blanc, Daniel Gehrs, Santa Barbara, California 2012
    $36.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Beckstoffer 75 Wine Company, Lake County, California 2014
    $35.00
  • Pinot Gris, Adelsheim, Willamette, Oregon 2013
    $43.00
  • Verdejo, Egeo, Rueda, Spain 2014
    $36.00
  • Pedro Ximenez, Martino, Mendoza, Argentina 2011
    $39.00
  • Albarino, Bouza, Montevideo, Uruguay 2013
    $51.00
  • Pinot Blanc, Michel-Schlumberger "La Bise", Dry Creek Valley, California 2012
    $42.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Turnbull, Napa Valley, California 2014
    $49.00
  • Pinot Gris, Pulenta, Alto Agrilo, Mendoza, Argentina 2015
    $37.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Merry Edwards, Russian River, California 2012
    $84.00
  • Albarino / Verdejo, Acha by Mark Herold, Lodi, California 2013
    $51.00
  • Chardonnay, Leyda "Unoaked", Leyda Valley, Chile 2014
    $35.00
  • Viognier, Tabali "Reserve", Limari Valley, Chile 2013
    $39.00
  • Semillon, Mendel, Mendoza, Argentina 2012
    $48.00
  • Viura, Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Rioja, Spain 2009
    $63.00
  • Chardonnay, Domaine Serene, Willamette, Oregon 2011
    $108.00
  • Viognier, Finca Sophenia "Reserve", Mendoza, Argentina 2012
    $34.00
  • Chardonnay, Lynmar Estate, Russian River, California 2011
    $68.00
  • Chardonnay, Talinay "Coastal Limestone Vineyard", Limari Valley, Chile 2010
    $55.00
  • Chardonnay, Brewer Clifton, Santa Rita Hills, California 2011
    $75.00
  • Chardonnay, Ramey, Sonoma Coast, California 2010
    $72.00
  • Chardonnay, Darioush, Napa Valley, California 2012
    $86.00
  • Godello, Avancia, Valdeorras, Spain 2013
    $44.00

Red

  • Pinot Noir, Argyle "Reserve", Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013
    $80.00
  • Pinot Noir, Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs, Sonoma Coast, California 2013
    $55.00
  • Pinot Noir, Alto Limay Select, Patagonia, Argentina 2014
    $49.00
  • Pinot Noir, Belle Glos "Los Alturas", Monterey, California 2014
    $92.00
  • Bonarda, Familia Mayol, Uco Valley, Argentina 2013
    $37.00
  • Pinot Noir, Dumol, Sonoma County, California 2012
    $127.00
  • Merlot Blend, Del Rio Vineyards "Claret", Rogue Valley, Oregon 2012
    $37.00
  • Garnacha Blend, Genium Celler, Priorat, Spain 2007
    $68.00
  • Tempranillo, Finca La Mata, Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2014
    $49.00
  • Tempranillo / Graciano / Garnacha, Phincas, Rioja, Spain 2011
    $61.00
  • Bonarda / Malbec, Tikal Patriota, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
    $46.00
  • Malbec, Fabre Montmayou, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
    $49.00
  • Mencia, "Vico" by Raul Perez, Bierzo, Spain 2012
    $56.00
  • Tempranillo, Sierra Cantabria, Rioja, Spain 2013
    $39.00
  • Cabernet Franc, Durigutti Classico, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
    $45.00
  • Shiraz / Cabernet, Rio Sol, Sao Fransico, Brasil 2011
    $36.00
  • Tempranillo, Bodegas Arrocal, Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2013
    $46.00
  • Tempranillo, Prima, Toro, Spain 2013
    $55.00
  • Carmenere, Casa Patronales "Reserva", Maule Valley, Chile 2013
    $39.00
  • Syrah, Gramercy Cellars, Lagniappe, Walla Walla, Washington 2012
    $105.00
  • Bordeaux Blend, Merryvale "Profile", St. Helena, California 2010
    $252.00
  • Tempranillo, Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel "Crianza", Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2005
    $78.00
  • Carmenere, Apaltagua, Curico Valley, Chile 2013
    $40.00
  • Tinto de Toro, Elias Mora "Gran Elias", Toro, Spain 2003
    $81.00
  • Malbec, Catena, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
    $45.00
  • Tannat, Bodega Bouza "Reserva", Montevideo, Uruguay 2014
    $48.00
  • Cab Franc / Tempranillo / Merlot, Golfo 8, Vino de Mesa, Spain 2005
    $65.00
  • Tinto de Toro, Teso La Monia "Almirez", Castilla Y Leon, Spain 2012
    $53.00
  • Cabernet Blend, Blue Rock "Baby Blue", Sonoma, California 2014
    $46.00
  • Tinto Fino, Bodegas Emilio Moro, Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2013
    $59.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine Eden by Mt.Eden, Santa Cruz, California 2011
    $67.00
  • Petite Sirah, Rockpile by Mauritson, "Madrone Spring", Sonoma County, California 2011
    $76.00
  • Tempranillo, "Alion" by Vega Sicilia, Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2011
    $169.00
  • Malbec, Vina Cobos "Bramare" by Paul Hobbs, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina 2012
    $83.00
  • Garnacha / Syrah, Torres "Salmos", Priorat, Spain 2012
    $68.00
  • Cabernet / Tempranillo Blend, Leva Daniel's, Alicante, Spain 2006
    $51.00
  • Cabernet / Merlot / Tempranillo, Vega Sicilia "Valbuena", Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2008
    $289.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Terra Valentine, Napa, California 2013
    $55.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Perez Cruz, Valle del Maipo, Chile 2012
    $39.00
  • Bobal / Tempranillo, Fatum, La Mancha, Spain 2014
    $38.00
  • Monastrell, Porta Regia, Jumilla, Spain 2014
    $44.00
  • Garnacha, Acentor, Calatayud, Spain 2014
    $34.00
  • Carmenere, Vina Montes "Purple Angel", Colchagua Valley, Chile 2012
    $116.00
  • Garnacha / Tempranillo / Cab, Roque Colas, Calatayud, Spain 2010
    $59.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Hope & Grace, Napa Valley, California 2011
    $125.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Kaiken "Ultra", Mendoza, Argentina 2012
    $48.00
  • Cabernet Blend, Almaviva, Puente Alto, Chile 2010
    $167.00

Happy Hour

Cocktails

  • Hibiscus Margarita blanco tequila, patron citronge
  • Rosé Sangria dry rosè, citrus, pisco, passion tea
  • Papa Made Bail pisco, pineapple, lemon, chile
  • Tico Punch fresh, seasonal, delicious

Beer & Wine

  • Negra Modelo
  • Corona Light
  • Tecate
  • Brut Sparkling, Pascual Toso
  • Rosé, Los Dos - Grenache/Cabernet
  • Torrontes, La Yunta
  • Malbec, Masi

Tacos

  • Two Texture Beef with morita chilis
  • Edamame with tomatillo salsa & spiced yogurt
  • Fried Chicken w/ fennel slaw & spicy buttermilk

Small Plates

  • Spicy Olives marcona almonds
    $5.00
  • Homemade Chorizo with chimichurri
    $5.00
  • Shredded Cabbage Salad spicy salsa verde & crushed almonds
    $5.00
  • Tico Fries w/ chipotle aioli
    $5.00
  • Serrano Ham with guava jam, toasted bread
    $8.00
  • Tico's Mac & Cheese serrano ham, manchego
    $8.00
  • Crispy Calamari w/ ancho-lime aioli
    $8.00
  • Shishito Peppers w/ lime zest, crispy shallots
    $8.00

Main

  • Tico's Bacon Cheese Burger with smoked paprika-cornichon "special sauce"
    $15.00
  • Cubano w/ braised pork, ham, pickled jalapenos & swiss
    $14.00
  • Pork Belly Sliders w/ bacon marmalade & cousin Sherri's slaw
    $11.00

Drink Menu

Cocktails

Specialty

  • Hibiscus Margarita 100% Blue Agave Tequila, Citronge, Lime, Lemon & Hibiscus
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • Papa Made Bail Pisco, Pineapple, Lemon, Chile
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Rosé Sangria Dry Rosé, Pisco, Citrus, Passion Fruit Tea
    $9.00
    $36.00
  • Chilcano Star Mint-infused Pisco, Star Anise, Ginger, Angostura
    $13.00
  • Cool Hand Luke Gin, Lemon, Cucumber, Pink Peppercorn, Mint
    $12.00
  • Tamalero Bourbon, Clove, Corn Puree
    $13.00
  • Spanish Jack Vodka, Pear, Amaro, Vanilla
    $13.00
  • Tico Tonic Black Walnut Vermut, Soda, Orange
    $10.00
  • The Talisman Mezcal, Genepy, Maraschino, Himalayan Salt
    $15.00
  • P90X Rye Whiskey, Pedro Ximènez Sherry, Angostura & Orange
    $13.00
  • Barrel-Aged Rosita Reposado, Campari, Sweet Vermouth
    $12.00
  • Manzanilla Applejack, Chamomile, Bitters, Lemon
    $12.00

Porrón = Fun

  • Bubbles Spanish Cava
    $28.00
  • Vino Torrontes, Bitter Lemon Soda, Orange Bitters
    $17.00
  • Shandy Wheat Ale, Grapefruit Soda & Orange Bitters
    $14.00

Soft

  • Turning Japanese Cucumber, Mint, Ginger, Pineapple
    $7.00
  • Mexican Coke
    $5.00
  • Jarritos Grapefruit
    $5.00

Beer

Bottles

  • Corona Extra Lager - Mexico - 4.6%
    $6.00
  • Cusquena Golden Lager - Peru - 4.9%
    $7.00
  • Port Royal Export Lager - Honduras - 5.0%
    $7.00
  • Tecate Lager - Mexico - 4.5%
    Can $6.00
  • Alhambra - Reserva 1925 Euro Strong Lager - Spain - 6.4%
    $8.00
  • Estrella - Daura Euro Pale Lager - Spain - 5.4%
    $8.00
  • Great Lakes - Eliot Ness Amber Lager - Ohio - 6.1%
    $8.00
  • Allagash - White Witbier - Maine - 5.0%
    $9.00
  • Lagunitas - Little Sumpin' American Ale - California - 7.5%
    $8.00
  • Bell's - Two Hearted American IPA - Michigan - 7.0%
    $8.00
  • Port City Brewing American Porter - Virginia - 7.2%
    $8.00
  • Sagres - Zero Non Alcohol - Portugal
    $7.00
  • North Coast - Le Merle Saison - CA - 7.9%
    $9.00

Tico Trio

  • Tequila Blanco Shot
  • Sangrita Shooter
  • Tecate

Draft

  • Mahou Pale Lager - Madrid - 4.1%
    $6.00
  • Starr Hill India Pale Ale - VA - 4.9%
    $8.00
  • DC Brau Oktoberfest - DC - 5%
    $8.00
  • Jailbreak Hefeweizen - MD - 6.0%
    $8.00
  • Negra Modelo Dark Lager - Mex - 5.4%
    $6.00

Tico Flight

  • Tico Flight Rotating Selection from our Tequila and Mezcal List. Three pours of Tequila or Mezcal plus our sangrita
    $20.00

Wines by the Glass

Sparkling

  • Cava Brut, Segura Viudas, Penedes, NV
    $9.00
    $38.00
  • Cava Rose, Biutiful, Penedes, NV
    $10.00
    $43.00

White

  • Pinot Grigio, Ferrari Carano, Healdsberg, California 2013
    $10.00
    $42.00
  • Torrontes, Los Haroldos, Mendoza, Argentina 2015
    $9.00
    $38.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Ventisquero, Casablanca, Chile 2015
    $10.00
    $43.00
  • Albarino, Licia, Rias Baixas, Spain 2015
    $13.00
    $48.00
  • Rioja, Ostatu, Rioja, Spain 2015
    $10.00
    $42.00
  • Verdejo, Torres "Verdeo", Rueda, Spain 2012
    $9.00
    $38.00
  • Chardonnay, Trefethen, Napa, California 2014
    $13.00
    $54.00

Rose

  • Malbec, Fabre Montmayou, Mendoza, Argentina 2016
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • Garnacha/Cabernet, Los Dos, Spain 2014
    $9.00
    $38.00

Red

  • Pinot Noir, Wild Hills, Williamette, Oregon 2015
    $12.00
    $48.00
  • Malbec Blend, Masi, Mendoza Argentina 2014
    $10.00
    $42.00
  • Tempranillo, Elias Mora Toro, Spain 2012
    $13.00
    $52.00
  • Rioja Reserva, Alta Vina Alberdi, Rioja, Spain 2010
    $13.00
    $52.00
  • Carmenere, Casa Silva, Colchagua, Chile 2014
    $10.00
    $42.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Liberator, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
    $12.00
    $48.00
  • Bobal Blend, Fatum, La Mancha, Spain 2014
    $9.00
    $38.00

Dinner Menu

Ceviche

  • Tuna with lime, cilantro, & serranos
    $13.00
  • Salmon w/ avocado, salmon chicharrones and roe
    $12.00
  • Yellowtail with wasabi cream, pressed watermelon and pickled mushrooms
    $14.00
  • Scallops with avocado dressing, green onion pico and crispy rice
    $12.00
  • Black Bass w/ leche de tigre, orange segments crunchy corn
    $12.00

Small Plates

  • Crispy Manchego Cheese with spicy pomegranate-honey sauce
    $9.00
  • Spicy Olives & Marcona Almonds
    $7.00
  • Shishito Peppers with crispy shallots, lime zest & sea salt
    $9.00
  • Local Crab Tostada with smoked avocado, pickled scallions & gazpacho sauce
    $14.00
  • Fried Oysters with old bay spiked romesco
    $11.00
  • Serrano Ham with guava jam and warm bread
    $14.00
  • Pork Belly Sliders with bacon marmalade & cousin Shari's slaw
    $11.00
  • Spicy Shrimp & Lobster with chorizo, clams, almonds & crispy rice
    $15.00
  • Black Risotto Croquettes with saffron aioli, piquillo peppers & calamari
    $10.00
  • Sweet Corn with smoked bacon, jalapenos & Thai basil
    $10.00
  • Tender Lamb Meatballs with tomato, cumin, pine nuts & ricotta salata
    $12.00
  • St. Louis Ribs with tamarind glaze and jicama
    $12.00
  • Crispy Calamari with ancho-lime aioli
    $11.00
  • Roasted Cauliflower with chipotle, crunchy favas, cotija cheese
    $9.00
  • Chorizo Risotto w/ poblano sofrito, green onion & parmigiano
    $12.00
  • Shredded Cabbage Salad with spicy salsa verde, asparagus & crushed almonds
    $9.00
  • Tico's Mac & Cheese w/ serrano ham, manchego & crunchy bread crumbs
    $11.00
  • Quinoa Stir-Fry with local vegetables and sweet onion vinaigrette
    $11.00
  • Golden Beets w/ pistachios, spiced yogurt & capers
    $9.00

Tacos

  • Two Texture Beef with morita chiles
    $11.00
  • Shrimp Salad w/ avocado, chipotle & "old bay matchsticks"
    $14.00
  • Crunchy Edamame with tomatillo salsa & spiced yogurt
    $10.00
  • Crispy Fish with red jalapeno, cabbage and chipotle
    $11.00
  • Pork Confit with avocado and salsa verde
    $11.00
  • Duck with charred serranos, mango salsa & duck cracklings
    $12.00
  • Crunchy Fried Chicken with fennel slaw and spicy buttermilk
    $10.00

A La Plancha

  • Spanish Octopus with pickled shallots chickpeas, panca vinaigrette & aji amarillio
    $14.00
  • Roasted Carrots w/ spiced ricotta & candied pepitas
    $9.00
  • Whole Prawns with parsley puree & chorizo powder
    $11.00
  • Smoked Beef Tongue with Tico's hoisin sauce & garlic
    $10.00
  • Sausage and Peppers w/ morcilla, onions, chiles sherry vinegar & warm bread
    $9.00
  • Homemade Chorizo with chimichurri
    $9.00
  • Scallops with spicy tartar sauce & crispy serrano ham
    $12.00

Entrees

  • Smoked Pork Chop with green mole sauce, lollipop kale, baby heirloom carrots
    $24.00
  • Grilled Ribeye with shitake mushrooms, fava beans, red pearl onions & guindilla pepper aioli
    $26.00
  • Tico's Bacon Cheeseburger
    $15.00
  • Pollo Al Ajillo pan roasted chicken, epazote spaetzle black garlic jus
    $25.00
  • Grilled Lamb double bone lamb chop, braised anticucho and winter squash
    $29.00
  • Salmon w/ succotash, tomatoes, Thai basil & saffron aioli
    $25.00
  • Fish of The Day chef's preparation

Can't Decide?

  • Kind of Hungry
    $35.00
  • Forgot to Eat Lunch
    $55.00
  • Full on Tico Experience
    $75.00

Dessert Menu

Desserts

  • Caramelized Banana Split, Chocolate Gelato, Peanut Butter Mousse Mexican chocolate sauce and crushed peanuts
    $10.00
  • Tres Leches Cake candied almonds, pineapple, caramel pink peppercorns
    $10.00
  • Chocolate Tart Caramel sauce, tres leches ice cream
    $10.00
  • Churros con Dulce dulce de leche espuma, chocolate pearls, fresh strawberries
    $10.00
  • Seasonal Sorbet and Gelato
    $9.00

Dessert Drinks

  • MoreChata rumchata, agave, coffee liqueur, milk, cinnamon stick
    $13.00
  • Ice Kaffe frozen coffee ball, tequila cream, drambuie
    $13.00
  • 1921 Tequila Cream
    $11.00

Dessert Wines

  • Mantis Port-Style Zinfandel
    $13.00
    $45.00
  • Susana Balbo Late Harvest Torrontes
    $13.00
    $45.00
  • Silvano Garcia Sweet Monastrell
    $11.00
    $42.00

Brunch Menu

Main

  • Toasted Bagel w/ smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato and capers
    $12.00
  • Greek Yogurt with Homemade Granola
    $9.00
  • Cinnamon Raisin "Stuffed" French Toast
    $12.00
  • Cubano Sandwich w/ pork confit, ham, pickled jalapeno & mustard with homemade french fries
    $14.00
  • Soft Scrambled Eggs with applewood bacon or homemade sausage and breakfast potatoes
    $11.00
  • Duck Confit and Green Chile Hash w/ poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise
    $13.00
  • Serrano Ham and Grilled Cheese with 2 eggs and spicy green chile sauce
    $13.00
  • Breakfast Burrito w/ scrambled eggs, chorizo, jalapeno, green onion and cheese
    $12.00
  • Caramelized Banana Pancakes w/ crunchy hazelnuts
    $12.00
  • Open Faced Omelettes with breakfast potatoes; 14th street with spring veggies and local goat cheese or asparagus, serrano ham, avocado, manchego cheese, and piquillo peppers
    $12.00
  • Tico Nicoise w/ tuna crudo, hard boiled egg, white anchovies, haricot vert, olives, and salsa verde
    $15.00
  • Bacon Cheese Burger w/ a fried egg, smoked paprika "special sauce" and homemade french fries
    $15.00
  • Crunchy and Spicy Fried Chicken with fennel cole slaw and french fries
    $13.00

Sides / Small Plates

  • Breakfast Potatoes
    $5.00
  • Whole Wheat Toast
    $2.00
  • Market Fruit
    $6.00
  • Cabbage Salad w/ salsa verde & almonds
    $11.00
  • Homemade Chicken or Pork Sausage
    $6.00
  • Applewood Bacon
    $6.00
  • Sweet Corn w/ bacon and jalapeno
    $9.00
  • Tico Mac N' Cheese with serrano ham
    $10.00

Brunch Cocktails

  • Bottles of Bubbles to Make your Own Mimosas Choice of 2 juices (orange, grapefruit, pomegranate, cranberry, pineapple)
    $25.00
  • Bloody Chancho bacon infused reposado tequila homemade bloody mary mix, "tico" rashi rim
    $11.00
  • Bromosa hefeweizen, orange juice, orange bitters
    $8.00
  • Ice Kaffe frozen coffee ball, tequila cream, drambuie, milk
    $12.00
  • More'chata rumchata, agave, coffee liqueur, milk, cinnamon stick
    $11.00
  • Location Vacation gin, drambuie, mint, lime, agave, cava
    $13.00
  • Port Tonic white port, premium tonic, orange peel
    $11.00
  • Hibiscus Margarita 100% blue agave tequila, citronge, lemon, lime, hibiscus
    $11.00
    $44.00
  • Papa Made Bail pisco, pineapple, lemon, chili
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Rosé Sangria dry rose, pisco, citrus, passionfruit tea
    $9.00
    $36.00

1926 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Eclectic, Rustic, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 319-1400
  • Private Dining Room: Yes