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  • Hours: Fridays from 9 a.m. to sellout; Saturdays and Sundays: 5 a.m. to sellout

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Educational Programming and Vegan Food at South Philly Barbacoa

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South Philly Barbacoa has always been about more than just tacos. One of the most openly political restaurants in the city, owners Ben Miller and Christina Martinez have always used their food as a way to engage with the community and their community to try to affect change in the wider world.

So it’s really no surprise that they’ve begun using Monday nights as “teach-ins” at South Philly Barbacoa–bringing in a series of speakers for a program they’re calling “Justice and Agua Fresca”.

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Get in On These Han Dynasty-South Philly Barbacoa Collaboration Dumplings

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Han Dynasty’s Han Chiang is an immigrant. He hates Trump, too — even the mention of the president’s name could get you kicked out of his restaurant. He just wants everyone to get along.

South Philly Barbacoa’s Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez? They’re activists, mouthpieces for the city’s working immigrant community, the brains behind the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers Rights.

And tomorrow, the three of them will be making dumplings together.

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James Beard Finally Acknowledges Philly’s Little Guys (and Gals) for its 2017 Semifinalists List

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This story has been updated.

The almighty James Beard Awards Committee rarely ever left its comfort-zone when it came down to Philadelphia restaurants. Year after year, it was always Philly’s ultra-notable restaurants and chef names that made the cut — Zahav, Vedge, Vernick, Fork; Vetri, Starr, Solomonov — with the occasional nod to any Philly talent considered under-the-radar on the national scale, e.g. Joe CicalaKonstantinos PitsillidesAndre Chin and Amanda Eap (Artisan Boulanger Patissier). That’s not to say those big-name nominations weren’t deserved — they absolutely were — it’s just that there’s so much more to this city than Zahav and Marc Vetri. The rest of the country just isn’t aware.

But for whatever reason, this year, Philly-area chefs and restaurants, both big and small, caught the committee’s attention. Check out who’s repping Philly in 2017:

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