Open Now: Taqueria Del Sol In Willow Grove

Willow Grove scores first when it comes to the new Southern taco chain, Taqueria del Sol‘s, plans for a northeastern expansion. The Georgia-based fast-casual taco joint has its eyes on several area locations (look for DelCo and Center City locations in 2013), but for right now you’ll have to head a bit north of the city to get a taste of the eclectic, Mexican-inspired menu all full of things like Memphis-style pulled pork tacos with jalapeno coleslaw and tequila BBQ sauce, fried chicken tacos, straight-up carnitas and pork-y green chile, heavy on the Hatch chiles (allegedly).

Basically, think of the place like a Chipotle but with a fusion menu and table service. Or a modern taco truck with a roof and four walls. The mini-chain is beloved in its home state (and has collected an impressive number of awards already), but it remains to be seen how cheeseburger tacos, shrimp and grits and Low Country fried chicken over ancho mashed potatoes with sriracha (all this week’s specials) play in this zip code.

Personally, I kinda want to try that fried chicken right now…

Taqueria del Sol [Official website]

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  • Brian

    Growing up in Atlanta, a city with A LOT of amazing mexican food, I came to know Taqueria Del Sol very well. It was, and may still be, my favorite fusion concept/restaurant.
    Will definitely be going to Willow Grove very soon.

    It will be a shame if they don’t have their shrimp-corn soup on the menu up here. Its amazing. And their salsas are very good as well.
    The memphis never disappoints…

  • Alimentarius

    This is great news. I’ve really been getting tired of all the authentic tacquerias we have and I’m excited to have another chain restauarant to go to instead.

  • Andrew

    Too bad they only serve on flour tortillas. I’ve got a gluten free wife.

  • Where in Willow Grove? And when is it opening?

  • found the location. is it already open?

  • barryg

    Honestly we need better Southwestern and Tex-Mex food around these parts. I dunno if this place is any good or why the fuck anyone would want to eat a cheeseburger taco but while the authentic places are great there is nothing wrong with the stuff from along the border.

  • InmanPark2Merion

    A few important questions:

    1) Will George (aka taco nazi) from the Cheshire Bridge location be working to get efficient operations up and running?
    2) Will there be Blue Plate Specials?
    3) Will there be a tequila bar?
    4) Will there be the typical lunch lines out the door – see 1)
    5) How do they know who to bring the tacos to without a numbering scheme? ; )
    6) is thumbs-up diner next?

    Folks, please do not think of Chipotle. the second part of that statement was more accurate. Think southern-mex fusion in a fast casual setting.

    Philly has a budding queso addiction that needs to be fueled. Ditto on the shrimp corn chowder.

  • CL

    You have to check this place out, tacos are amazing and margaritas made perfectly. Inexpensive, good food….fun! We have been waiting for a concept like this!

  • GPW88

    I too lived in Atlanta and agree with InmanPark2Merion below – it’s insulting to connect Taqueria del Sol with Chipotle. This is my all-time favorite restaurant in the ATL, and I am unbelievably excited to see it in Philly. My mouth waters just thinking about the fish tacos!

  • Jim

    Heard about taqueria del sol in Willow Grove..decided to try it. Absolutely horrible! Even the workers where unhappy and unfriendly. I will never go back there. I ordered a chicken quesadilla figured it was going to be a decent size like other mexican restaurants. When I got my order it was the size of one small taco. The manger came over asking how things are…I explained to him my issue..he could have cared less and just walked away. I would not recommend this place to anyone.