FAQ

Is Your Menu Vegetarian/Vegan? 

CHAIA is 100% vegetarian. Our menu contains no saturated animal fats, cholesterol, artificial flavors, and/or preservatives. All of our tacos and sides can be made vegan, with the exception of our Creamy Kale + Potato Taco.  


Is All of Your Food Made Fresh in the Shop? 

We prepare all of our menu items from scratch. Our tortillas are made in-house daily and all of our sauces and salsas are made by us too, using best-quality ingredients free of dyes, pesticides, preservatives, HFCS and trans-fats. 


Are Your Ingredients Organic and Non-GMO? 

CHAIA is committed to using organic, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients as much as  possible. We work closely with Tuscarora Organic Growers located in Pennsylvania to purchase the majority of our produce from their farmers. In the winter months, when there is less available, we do our best to source organic and/or domestic products grown as close to us as possible using sustainable farming practices. 


Are You Nut-Free and Gluten-Free? 

All of our products are 100% nut-free and gluten-free. We use no products in our kitchen that contain these ingredients, thus there is no risk of cross-contamination. 


How Many Calories are In Your Tacos? 

At CHAIA, our tacos and ingredients constantly change based on what we source seasonally and locally.  Thus, we do not calorie count each taco. However, our tortillas are made in house with organic, gluten-free Bob’s Red Mill corn masa harina. Each tortilla is approximately 45 calories.  Based on our best estimate, a Taco Trio is within the range of 350-580 calories, depending on the vegetable and dairy. 


Do You Deliver? 

CHAIA offers delivery through uberEATS. Additionally, you can order via our website or on our personalized app for pick-up directly from our shop. 


What is a Shrub? 

A shrub is a farmhouse way of preserving fruit that has been used for centuries.  It is made by preserving fruit with vinegar and sugar to create a sweet-tart syrup. We source our Shrubs from Tait Farm Foods located in Pennsylvania and mix them with sparking water to create a refreshing drink. 


Do You Sell Cold-Pressed Juice? 

Yes, we sell Misfit Juicery cold-pressed juices.  Different from most restaurants that offer juice, ours are  gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. Instead of serving in a disposable bottle, our juice is served from a tap to preserve its fresh taste and minimize waste. The juice is delivered fresh several times a week and kept in a sealed, refrigerated container to ensure you are drinking raw, healthy and highest-quality juice. There is no sugar added to our juice.


Tell Us About Your Cookie and Chocolate? 

Our Cinnamon Coconut Cookies are gluten-free, nut-free and vegan. They are baked fresh in-house each day. The dough is sourced from Rise Bakery. Our chocolate is made by Chocotenango. It is a dark chocolate mixed with seven spices including: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, cardamom, and black pepper - plus sea salt). Both of these partners are here in Washington, DC.


What is the Deal with Your Trash? 

Beyond our sourcing, CHAIA has implemented a dedicated composting program to reduce our packaging impact: all of our packaging and serviceware is compostable. We do not accept any outside trash, so please take it with you. All packaging should be placed in our compostable “trash” containers next to the door as you leave the shop. 


Do You Offer Catering? 

Yes. CHAIA offers “Farm-to-Taco To Go” trays for large group orders. Our Taco Trays $100 (24 tacos, serves 8-10) and our Taco Boxes $55 (12 tacos, serves 4-6). They can be delivered or picked up in-store.


Can I Rent the Restaurant or Make a Reservation?

We rent out our communal table, upstairs loft, and restaurant


What is the Best Way to Contact You? 

For all general inquiries and/or immediate assistance, it’s best to email info@chaiadc.com. Our phone number at our Georgetown location (3207 Grace Street) is 202-333-5222. However, we are often unable to answer the phone during normal operating hours, so email is best.