The trio behind Philly’s two Pistola’s restaurants, Jose Pistola’s and Sancho Pistola’s — Joe Gunn, Casey Parker, and Adán Trinidad — are heading south for their third concept. The old Palladino’s space, situated at the Passyunk Avenue gateway, will be home to their new restaurant and bar, Pistola’s Del Sur.
Fishtown’s Sancho Pistola’s kicks off weekday lunch on Halloween day. Chef Adan Trinidad will be serving burritos for perhaps the first time at Sancho’s and he also has a full menu of tortas. Among those tortas:
- La Cubana
Ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, chipotle aioli
- Grilled Chicken
spinach, thyme, aioli, black bean chihuahua cheese
- Braised Short Rib
black beans, lettuce, chihuahua cheese, horseradish crema
- Egg and Chorizo
black beans, lettuce, Oaxaca cheese, guacamole
provolone cheese, broccoli rabe, long hots, thyme aioli
And in order to properly kick off lunch, on Friday, November 4th, owners Joe Gunn and Casey Parker are hosting a “European Spoils” lunch with epic beers from Cantillon.
This evening Jose Pistola’s owner Joe Gunn and Pokémon Go fanatic is hosting the first meeting of the Pistola’s Go Club. Gunn has gone crazy for Pokémon and will be leading a walk from Pistola’s down to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Along the way, adult beverages may be consumed at Pokémon rich stops along the way.
The “meeting” begins at 6 p.m. with beer, tacos and chef Adan Trinidad’s poke specials. Then the assembled will head out on a quest to capture as many Pokémon as possible. Trinidad is offering two poke dishes for the evening:
Tonight, “Wing Thing” is back at Sidecar. The Chef: Adan Trinidad of Jose and Sancho Pistolas. His wings: Black Garlic Mole Negro BBQ Wings with a Jasper Hill Blue Cheese Crema.
Sure that sounds pretty good, but did you hear about our wing collaboration with Sidecar a couple months back? Chef Trinidad’s got some big shoes to fill if we do say so ourselves.
The wings will be offered until they sell out, usually in four or five days.
Also on tap at Sidecar: really strong beers. Join them tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th for High Gravity Night. The lineup looks like it could do some serious damage.
Read on for a full list of beers »
Yup. Those are bone marrow nachos. And they’re on the board at Sancho Pistola’s. Honestly, I can’t believe that every restaurant like Sancho’s isn’t serving these. But then, there’s not really another restaurant out there quite like Sancho’s.
You should totally go there tonight. And eat bone marrow nachos.
Adan Trinidad [Instagram]
For Amis’ monthly industry night, Sancho and Jose Pistola’s will be the special guest restaurant. Chef Adan Trinidad will be bringing Cochinita Pibil Tacos and Mahi Mahi Ceviche to munch on. There will also be traditional and pomegranate margaritas as well as sangria pouring at reduced prices.
Shawnee Craft brewing company will also be on hand and pouring their Apiarius and Farmhouse Saison Cuvee. Free bottle pours of all three of Shawnee sours, Frambozenbier (barrel aged sour raspberry), Biere de Garde (barrel aged sour pumpkin saison) and Kriek (barrel aged sour cherry beer) will also be available.
As always, Amis industry night includes proof of hospitality employment, free food, cheap drinks and lots of fun.
Industry Night at Amis with Adan Trinidad [Facebook]
This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.
And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.
It would be worth visiting Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad’s sequel to Jose Pistola’s purely to read the beer menu. The Pabst Blue Ribbon is described as “Frank Booth’s favorite. F’ Heineken.” The Allagash White is a “way worse dancer than Allagash Black.” It’s a fun list to read, and indicative of the time you can have at Sancho Pistola’s even if you skip the beer list entirely and settle in with a margarita or smoked piña colada. But Sancho’s isn’t just a place to drink; Trinidad is putting out serious food. The tacos that make up half the menu are a good place to start; they’re broken up by land and sea. On land, the spicy pork tacos are on point; on the sea side, you can’t go wrong with tuna — or, expand your taco horizons with the scallop version. Trinidad is at his best with sea creatures, and nowhere more so than the whole fish. Wash it down with a Berber stout, which, according to the beer menu, is a “dark gift from Mexico, like Adan.”
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]
Get ready to rumble (or at least get your stomach’s rumbling) on Sunday, June 22nd, for MANNA’s 2nd Annual Guac Off. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonesta Hotel. Competitors from all over Philadelphia, young and old, pros and newbs, will be fighting for the title of Best Guacamole in Town. The competing bunch includes guac-connoisseurs Jose Pistolas’s Adan Trinidad, who was awarded with a People’s Choice Award 2013, and Guerilla Ultima’s Robert Leggett, who was awarded with a Blind Tasting Award 2013. And returning to the competition is MANNA’s youngest competitor, 9 year-old Allison Flam.
Yet the competition goes far beyond the winner. MANNA works to provide those at nutritional risk due to life-threatening illness with meals that are plentiful in both good taste and nutrients. Executive Director Sue Daugherty said, “MANNA works wonders by supplying therapeutic nutrition to the critically-ill, so it makes sense that we’d celebrate a great food source like avocados, packed with vitamins and the source of so many health benefits. The fact that it’s delicious is a great side benefit.”
The lucky judges include Tracy Davidson, Emmy-winning journalist and co-anchor of NBC10 News Today, Roberta Pipito of Homemade Delish, Patty Jackson from WDAS 106.3 FM and Keith Lucas, MANNA Executive Chef and Food Network’s “Chopped” alum.
And if you’re looking to attend, tickets can be purchased at the door, online or by calling 215-496-2662, ext. 115. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. May the best guac win.
Adam Erace visits Sancho Pistola’s in Fishtown and has praise for chef and partner Adan Trinidad’s food.
The tomato-based Veracruzana sauce forming a crimson moat around the whole snapper is like a Mexican puttanesca — punchy with crushed olives, salty capers and fresh cilantro. The fish’s salamander-broiled skin shone and crinkled like tinfoil, its flesh beneath moist and glistening as it flaked into the chunky sauce dammed by tender peanut potatoes and sweet fried plantains. I’d put it up against any whole fish in the city.
Sancho Pistola’s brings solid Mexican fare and a righteous beer list to Fishtown [City Paper]
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]