The Bell Rings Twice for Taqueria Feliz

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Lamb Barbacoa at Taqueria Feliz | Photo by Courtney Apple

Craig LaBan visits Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz where he is generally impressed with what’s coming out of Lucio Palazzo’s kitchen, grasshoppers and all. But the reason to go, is Palazzo’s lamb barbacoa.

Palazzo’s true destination masterpiece, though, his lamb barbacoa, is considerably more accessible. Rubbed for days in a mulato chile paste aromatic with canella and charred onion, smoked over cherrywood, then baked six hours inside banana leaves over chickpeas, it’s a Mexican cousin to the legendary lamb shoulder at Zahav, where he once worked. It’s very much worthy of the legacy – sublimely tender on the bone over refried beans and plancha-seared nopales strips, with a soulful lamb and chickpea consommé on the side.

Two Bells – Very Good

Taqueria Feliz: a nice addition to Manayunk [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Taqueria Feliz [Foobooz]


  • Andrew

    I think I’ve had this lamb dish twice now, and it just gets better every time. Everything works. It really is like the Zahav lamb shoulder, only a bit smokier and deep and rich. It comes with chickpeas, which also happens at Zahav. The biggest difference is the price. Taqueria’s is 19 bucks. One of the best meals in philly.