NOW OPEN ON MONDAYS!
3207 Grace Street, NW
Find us off of Wisconsin Ave, parallel to the C+O Canal
Getting to Grace St:
markets + events
We are no longer at the FRESHFARM White House or Dupont Circle markets. Come visit us on Grace St!
reservations + private events
Our communal table upstairs can be reserved for 8-10 people Monday-Thursday from 3-8pm. Please email email@example.com for more details and at least 24 hours in advance. We also rent out the whole upstairs or the entire restaurant after-hours. Otherwise, our restaurant is counter service and has 27 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
First in the kitchen, then at the farmers market and now a brick-and-mortar shop in Georgetown, Chaia offers seasonal, plant-based tacos, sides and natural drinks in a stylish, casual setting. Chaia's menu is based on the seasonal, flavorful and healthy food our founders Bettina and Suzanne loved to cook for their families and friends.
3207 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007
made with our handcrafted corn tortillas and topped with hyperlocal microgreens
feta, red sauce + cilantro
queso fresco, salsa asada + fresh radish
pepperjack, poblano crema, green sauce + pickled onions
caramelized onion, ricotta salata, chipotle yogurt + mint
goat cheese, cilantro-lime yogurt + fresh jalapeño
market trio (choose 3) 11
single taco 3.75
pasture-raised eggs fried or scrambled (weekends only)
cilantro-lime jalapeños (gordy's pickle jar)
gluten free - vegan friendly
black beans with jalapeño crema 3
green rice (brown nice, herb pesto + feta) 3
seven spice chocolate bar 2.50
'caneta' (homemade mexican-inspired cookie) 1.50
*both sweets are gluten free and vegan
seasonal shrubs spiced apple, sour cherry, cranberry-orange 4
cold-pressed juice apple-lemon-mint, pear-spinach-cucumber (misfit juicery) 5
iced hibiscus tea housemade with local honey + fresh mint 3
wine (txakoli-spain, sangiovese-california, lambrusco-italy) 6
local beer (optimal wit-port city brewing, rowdy rye-atlas brew works) 6
hot tea black, green, herbal (bellocq tea atelier) 3
brew coffee indonesian sumatra, single origin (vigilante coffee co.) 3
Truly driven by building a better food system, close friends Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern founded Chaia to share the beautiful, flavorful food they love to cook for their family and friends with the larger community. Inspired by their work as food writers and educators, their love of Mexican cooking and their roots - Bettina grew up in New York City and Suzanne hails from the Midwest - Chaia's "farm to taco" is a unique relationship between farmers and urban street-style food. First in the kitchen, then at the farmers market and very soon a brick-and-mortar shop in Georgetown, Chaia offers seasonal, plant-based tacos, sides and natural drinks in a stylish, casual setting. We are dedicated to:
serving delicious, handmade food + drinks
with great attention to detail
celebrating vegetables at their very best
partnering with the farmers that grow our food
offering a plant-focused menu for
our health + the environment
welcoming you into our shop with gratitude
“Chaia's vegetarian fare bests even the most flavorful fish or steak tacos."
“'This is it,' I thought to myself. 'This is the best taco I've ever eaten in my life.'"
“Bill Yosses, former executive pastry chef at the White House, is said to have developed quite the obsession with these tacos."
We 'hyper-locally' source all of our microgreens from Little Wild Things City Farm, a woman-owned sub-acre urban farm right here in Northwest Washington DC and only 2 miles from our Georgetown shop. Microgreens are not to be confused with sprouts. Sprouts are seeds germinated in water just long enough to grow roots and underdeveloped leaves. Microgreens are tiny, baby, leaf seedlings that are less than 14 days old that are grown in soil and sunlight from a variety of vegetable seeds such as radish, kale, spinach, beet etc. Beyond being delicate and beautiful, scientists have found that that they are packed with even more nutrients compared to their adult version of the vegetable.
In preparation for the opening of our first shop in Georgetown, it is with great excitement and bittersweetness that we write you announcing our last White House FRESHFARM Market is TODAY Thursday, October 29th and our last Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is this Sunday, November 1st.
FRESHFARM Markets allowed Chaia to launch our business by testing out our local, seasonal tacos in an incredibly supportive community. Chaia's first brick-and-mortar store, soon to open at 3207 Grace St NW in Georgetown, is the direct result of efforts by FRESHFARM to develop and support local businesses like ours and of course, all of our enthusiastic, dedicated customers who visit our market stand each and every week.
Back in May 2013, Chaia's founders Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon showed up at their first White House market with enough food to feed 50 people and sold out as fast as they could serve them. Since that first market day two and a half years ago, we have been so fortunate to serve hundreds of you every Thursday and Sunday. To be part of a community that values and celebrates fresh seasonal vegetables grown by local farmers means everything to us at Chaia.
So here's the biggest THANKS to all of you for supporting us at every step of the way. Our time at farmers markets is only the beginning for Chaia, and we can't wait to continue this Farm To Taco journey with you. Please stop by one of our last two markets this week because we have a small token of appreciation for you!
Help us spread the word that we are moving from the farmers market to our first shop in Georgetown! Exact opening date TBA.
3207 Grace St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Do you love our tortillas? Once you try handmade tortillas, you'll never go back to the grocery store packs again. They are simple and take no time at all. Follow the recipe on Maseca Brand Corn Flour found at most grocery stores and these tips: