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Falls Church’s Taco Bamba, Open Road Earn RAMMY Nods

Tacos and a torta at Taco Bamba. Photo: Jody Fellows

Two Falls Church eateries earned coveted Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington award nominations and will be vying for hardware at the group’s annual award ceremony, known as the RAMMYs, later this summer.

Perennial nominee Taco Bamba, with a nod for a fourth consecutive year, is up, once again, for “Favorite Fast Bites” with hopes of finally bringing home the prize. Bamba, which first opened in Pimmit Hills in 2012, has quickly become a Washington, D.C.-area favorite, with the taqueria now boasting five locations including shops in Vienna, Springfield, Chinatown and, most recently, Fairfax.

Merrifield’s Open Road, which debuted in 2013, will also represent Falls Church at this year’s awards, with the roadhouse-style restaurant nominated in the “Favorite Gathering Place of the Year ”category.

In addition to the two restaurants, Taco Bamba owner and founder Victor Albisu is in the running for Restaurateur of the Year, for heading up the upscale Mexican restaurant Poca Madre in D.C. along with his Taco Bamba empire. Albisu took home Chef of the Year honors at the 2015 RAMMYs.

Both “Favorite Fast Bites of the Year” and “Gathering Place of the Year” winners will be selected by online voting, available through 5 p.m. on April 30 at

This year’s RAMMYs Awards ceremony will take place Sunday, June 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center