Where We’re Eating: El Vez May Be the Most Fun Restaurant in Town

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Because I was tired of hearing overeducated food types in Philadelphia talk a ton of smack about Stephen Starr’s always-packed Mexican joint El Vez, I decided to put the restaurant to the test with a demanding Saturday-night birthday party 10-top, including some fussy suburban eaters and one each of the picky-eater and vegetarian species. We ordered beers. We ordered margaritas. We ordered a wide range of food. And we dropped $40-plus in the photo booth, where, yes, my shirt came off. (Pictures available upon request.) Not a bad plate or drink was served. The server didn’t stumble once. And we made it out the door for under $40 per person. You can hate all you want, haters, but the fact is, El Vez may be the most fun restaurant in town.

El Vez
121 South 13th Street

First appeared in the April 2013 edition of Philadelphia magazine

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  • Tomaaas

    People don’t hate El-Vez (or You) Victor. The restaurant is obviously packed all the time and decorated like an amusement park. They are just wondering why you wax poetic about things they already know in these shill-a-riffic posts you come up with. Can we please stop using the phrase “fussy suburban eaters”, seriously these people eat at Nectar-St James or sweetgreen and are generally clueless about food. Vegetarians fed in a mexican restaurant………..WHOAAAA ! breaking new ground.

  • Ugh

    You needed a whole post to tell us that because you had a fun time at a restaurant, that restaurant is now the funnest restaurant in town? And whats with all of the belittling talk? No wonder why this site is almost dead… Its always trying to sell something or someones opinion.

  • JTP

    Victor, you’re a chode.

  • Plugz

    Were these the same friends that you stiffed when you greased the waiter to bypass all those in line before you?

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  • Greylodge

    seriously man? why the hostility? why do you write about food if all you want to do is prove people wrong in your eyes? food writing isnt about you, its about the food. you should have just done a re review to shut people up, not tell us about your lame suburb friends and your debauchery. nobody gives a fuck. you lucky you have philly mag backing you up or this blog would be 6 feet under.
    to the founder Art Etchells:
    how do you lets these guys write like this? there is nothing professional about it, just a bunch of little boys who cant hold their liquor