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408 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
#21 on the 2009 Philly Mag 50
#20 on the 2008 Philly Mag 50
After the February departur of chef Dioncio Jimenez, owners Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov didn't just hire a new chef (Lucio Palazzo); they overhauled the interior and the menu. A casual cantina vibe reigns — adios, white tablecloths; hola, cheery waiters clad in soccer jerseys — and the food, now at a lower price point, is as good as ever, though it could arrive at the table faster. Crackly chicharrones are just right dipped in fiery salsa verde; a cool jicama-watermelon salad tempered by avocado tempers any spice. Velvety scallop ceviche in a jalepeno-cucumber broth and the nutty mole-slathered pork-cheek tacos are both excellent. Save room for the piping-hot churros and their addictive sugar-and-cinnamon crunch.
Best of Philly 2009: Gourmet Mexican
What’s left to say about Xochitl? We’ve long sung the praises of chef Dionicio Jimenez’s prepared-tableside guacamo...
Best of Philly 2008: Mexican
Xochitl is a delicious challenge to our notion of what Mexican food is, with dishes centered on lamb, duck and blood sausage, and inn...
Best of Philly 2007: Cocktail
The kitchen at Xochitl may turn out complex especials, but the liquid menu, helmed by general manager Sergio Ruiz, keeps it simple ...
User Reviews (2) :
I was taken to xochitl on my first date with my fiancee. We considered the experience to be pleasant. Upon return, it had changed completely. We arrived in a group of four. We were restricted from the only open, unreserved table in the establishment, despite the fact that members in our party, including myself, were planning on ordering food. The hostess explained that the table was saved for more "suitable" customers, which I found insulting. forced to eat large plates at a bar lounge, the food was extremely flat and salty. The bartender was prone to error on three occasions throughout the night and charged us unnecessarily at the end of the night. The margaritas were watery, the sangria almost flavorless. Would not suggest this restaurant to anyone.
Posted by Tici: Mar. March 20th, 2009 at 8:15 PM
I was at this restaurant this past saturday and i was advised to go there from some friends. They know that I am one of the best food critics they know. I had heard about the margaritas. My first margarita was a cabo wabo, it was weak and watery, loaded with ice. Just a few sips (initially) from the straw and it was about gone. The next one was a Don julio. It was too strong and overpowering. The ingredients and the drinks as they came out were inconsistent. We had a waitress that looked,"unkempt" and pretended that she knew about tequila. The inconsistent Margaritas were a downer. The food was a sampler platter and it was nothing spectacular. It was very plain in all of its simple glory with nothing special on this plate(for two). The mexican man that prepared our Guac.was very nice and professional but the guac.was mediocre at best.(Bland), although fresh. I think the best thing about the restaurant was the tall,delicious statuesque Latvian beauty that was one of the hostesses.The place was very neat,clean and quaint.The tables and silverware were cold(nice) and clean. People do notice this, especially the glasses,which were clean.
Posted by Johnny: Jan. January 6th, 2008 at 4:17 PM