Local Tacos Make TV Debut Tonight

From Foobooz: This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China. The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas. See the menu here.

Tacos at La Calaca Feliz

On the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip, four local taco hot spots will be featured this evening. La Calaca Feliz, Sancho Pistola’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real will all be making their TV debuts.

Host Aaron Sanchez hits the taco spots trying out everything from a scrapple taco to one of Tuk Tuk Real’s Thai fusion creations. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. and Sancho’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real are all hosting viewing parties. Union Taco and Tuk Tuk are both offering $2 tacos. Union Taco is even offering delivery from their Manayunk location if you buy five or more tacos.

Tuk Tuk is also giving away a $25 gift card to the customer who posts the most appetizing photo of them watching Taco Trip and eating the restaurant’s tacos. All posts, tweets, or Instagram pics must be accompanied by #TukTukTacoTrip.

Taco Trip – Philadelphia [Cooking Channel]

Jose Pistola’s Gets a New Sign

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On December 30th, Jose Pistola’s got a new sign. The neon sign was delivered, installed and illuminated in just a few hours. Now when you’re looking for Pistola’s, you won’t have to say it is just across from Howl at the Moon or just down from Applebees.

The sign is designed to resemble the Lorelei Lounge sign that hung on the building in the 1960s.

Some sign puns and a look at the Lorelei Lounge sign »

Garces Alums Are Spreading Their Wings

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El Poquito on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

This week we’ve seen two sets of Garces alums open new restaurants. Former Garces director of operations, George Atterbury has opened El Poquito in Chestnut Hill. The Mexican restaurant takes over the Chestnut 7 property ad Atterbury has hired former JG Domestic chef de cuisine, Andrew Sabin as executive chef. El Poquito is open for dinner seven days a week.  Michael Klein reports that Atterbury already has a deal in place for a second location in a new development by the Christina River in Wilmington. Check out El Poquito’s menu here.

Garces vets open on Dottie’s Dinette »

Where We’re Eating: Cafe Ynez

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A Mexican restaurant in your neighborhood is a way of knowing you’ve arrived. An attractive BYOB serving breakfast nachos and carne asada salads and offering dinner specials like poached tilapia is a subtle clue that house prices are rocketing skyward and you’re happy you bought when you did. That’s what Cafe Ynez does for both the Grad Hospital and Point Breeze neighborhoods. The husband-and-wife team of Evan Malone and Jill Weber (Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516) have created this third restaurant as a companion to Malone’s NextFab Studio. But it’s the neighbors who make out best in the deal. Whether it’s the huevos rancheros that don’t need to take a backseat to any in the city, or the rotisserie chicken that can anchor a dinner platter or be a key ingredient in the Tinga burrito, a meal at Cafe Ynez is affordable, tasty, and just what this neighborhood needs.

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Latin American Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

Dinner at Quetzally

Dinner at Quetzally

Philly’s Hispanic population is mostly made up of Puerto Ricans and Mexicans, two Latin cultures that use similar ingredients but totally different cooking techniques. You’ll find the best Puerto Rican food in one neighborhood in North Philly, while Mexican food is more ubiquitous. Look out for a new wave of Mexican chefs who are combining authentic cooking with more attention to detail — the results are game-changing.

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Where Are the Best Nachos in Philadelphia?

Loco Pez Nachos | Photo by  Jeff. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Loco Pez Nachos | Photo by Jeff Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Search for nachos on Foobooz and you’re going to get some old and out of date information. Duck nachos at Rae (remember Rae?). A 2009 nacho crawl and a years ago request from commenters for their favorite nachos. Best Nachos? It’s never even been a Best of Philly category. And yet, it seems at least half the bars we visit offer nachos of one kind or another. We have ones stand out, the Nachos de Kenzo at Loco Pez. We like the new nachos at Jose Pistola’s as much as we miss the old ones. There’s the standards at both Cantinas. But with so many, we’re not sure we’ve discovered the best. So we ask you, faithful Foobooz readers, what are your favorite nachos in Philadelphia?

Please give us your suggestions in the comments »

Turney and Safran 13th Street Update

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Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at a still under construction Lolita | Photo by Jack Cotter

There’s always a lot of going on along the Thirteenth Street empire of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, although recently, it has been extra newsworthy.

Craig LaBan visited the post BYOT Lolita and rewarded the Safran and Turney’s original restaurant two-bells, though he predictably does gripe about the noise.

What’s happening at 13th and Locust » 

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