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121 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
#47 on the 2009 Philly Mag 50
#35 on the 2008 Philly Mag 50
This 13th Street Corridor restaurant is sorta like a funhouse: the retro photo booth, the spinning-motorcycle-as-art, the guacamole delivered by bicycle. The crazy concept is carried over to El Vez’s Mexican food, where tiny touches—sweet pineapple in the spicy tuna salsa, pickled onion on the pork confit taco—add intrigue.
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User Reviews (3) :
I loved it from the moment we entered with all the unusual decor. The food was far beyond my expectations. The guacamole 3-ways was amazing and the fresh chips. There were 6 of us and we all loved the food. We were all sharing dishes. I liked it so much I went back the next day for lunch and had the pork confit tacos...Wowza! Can't wait to go back!
Posted by Wendy: Sep. September 2nd, 2010 at 1:41 PM
Had lunches and a couple dinners there and it's a fun place to go. The food, as with most Starr places is good, but never memorable. For a fun night out with good mexican food then this a consistent place. I like it better for lunch.
Posted by Charles: Apr. April 20th, 2010 at 8:06 PM
I have been to El vez Numerous times and feel a review is in order. The food is always outstanding and fresh. You cannot fool the public when it comes to freshness in food.Cheap, jerk restaurant will try and you only visit their establishment once i am sure. I think the people that are involved in the kitchen know this and neve try. Everything on the menu is a sure hit. The margaritas are the best in town and are consistently good.All of the help barkeeps are very knowledgeable when it comes to tequilas.
All of the waitstaff are professionally trained in serving the public and their knowledge of the menu is real. All of the staff will give you their favorite dish which always excellent. The specials by Artie the chef will blow your mind.
On some nights the females do outnumber the males so it is a good nightspot as i see it.
I have been waiting for mabey a," bad night", or off night but it has not come yet. They are still hitting the target.
Posted by Johnny: Jan. January 13th, 2008 at 8:08 PM