Growlers Bar at 8th and Fitzwater has closed. The bar by Jason Evenchik opened in mid-2012 as the successor to Vesuvio and Little Bar.
Evenchik confirms to us that the space will undergo a short overhaul and be turned into La Casa de tu Madre (The House of Your Mother), a Mexican bar and restaurant.
Michael Thomas will remain as chef, he has been running specials over the past month testing out different dishes that will be on the menu. There will also be a tequila and mezcal list behind the bar. Evenchik tells us he’s been doing some research and development for the concept on the Yucatan Peninsula and would like to get some Mexican craft beers into the bar but it has been difficult to secure an importer. So at the get go, it will be a list of local draft beer.
The overhaul, which comes on the heels of Coeur’s opening down the block, is scheduled to take two-to-three weeks.
La Casa de tu Madre [Foobooz]
Today is Mexican Independence Day (Viva Mexico!), which when translated to ‘murican comes out National Guacamole Day.
Whichever event you are celebrating, Graduate Hospital’s Los Camaradas will be there to help. The Mexican restaurant at 22nd and Carpenter is serving complimentary guacamole with purchase of any bocadito, taco, or plato fuerte. And they will also be featuring $7 cucumber, jalapeño Milagro margaritas. Which we can definitely recommend.
Los Camaradas [Foobooz]
Today, Tuesday, August 18th, Loco Pez is hosting its first ever Sausagefest. The Fishtown taco joint will be featuring three handmade sausages from chef Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats in the Reading Terminal Market.
Each sausage is served with a Mexican accompaniment and paired with a beer by Mikkeller. The sausage starts getting whipped out at 7 p.m. and quantities are limited.
Check out the Sausagefest menu »
La Calaca Feliz is hosting a Pigout on Tuesday, August 11th. $35 gets you all-you-can-eat roast suckling pig, along with nachos and sides. The price also gets you all the margaritas, sangria and Dos Equis you’re willing to consume on a Tuesday night.
The event kicks off at 9 p.m. and concludes with a competitive cornhole tournament. Prizes include tequila, t-shirts, and gift cards for the winners. Looks like Wednesday might be a sick day.
Pigout at La Calaca Feliz [Facebook]
La Calaca Feliz [Foobooz]
South Philly Barbacoa is serving tortas this Friday evening.
With their storefront opening, South Philly Barbacoa will host the first of what they plan to be monthly (or bi-monthly) dinner events this Friday. The events will feature artists and food. First up is Isaiah Zagar and street artist Air Rat.
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In Honest Tom’s owner Tom McCusker is nothing if not honest. In a post to Instagram, McCusker states: “In a last ditch effort to make more money without the living Hell that would be a second location…I present to you: Honest Tom’s Taco Sauce.” How honest.
Honest Tom’s is offering four sauces: Mild; Hot; Special and Halloween. Halloween is described as a spicy jalapeno and garlic sauce created by an employee three Halloweens ago. The Special sauce is their take on a classic red hot sauce.
The sauces are currently available at Honest Tom’s storefront, 261 S 44th Street, for $5 per bottle. But McCusker tells us he’d love to get in the wholesale business.
Honest Tom’s Taco Shop [Foobooz]
South Philly Barbacoa is getting a storefront.
South Philly Barbacoa, the Mexican food cart sensation from Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez is getting a storefront. The cart has been a weekend destination at 8th and Watkins since early 2014. But Saturday was the cart’s last service at 8th and Watkins. But on the very good side, Miller and Martinez are going to be getting a storefront at 1703 S 11th Street, the former home of Vegan Commissary.
Eater reports that the barbacoa storefront could open as early as the first weekend in July. As for Vegan Commissary, they closed as of May 31st and are looking for a new, larger location.
South Philly Barbacoa [Foobooz]
South Philly Barbacoa, just one of the stops on the Tour de Taco.
The fourth Tour de Taco is upon us, think Tour de France, but you’re biking to 9 of Philly’s best taco shops. The event, happening on Saturday June 13, spans 15 miles and tours shops from South Philly, through West Philly, all the way to Fishtown.
Riders are recommended to pre-order their tacos now as the event has become bigger than expected. Place your order here by Friday June 5th to beat the inevitable lines. Order as many as you like since you’re biking it all off anyway, but we suggest keeping the margaritas to a minimum (at least at the beginning of the 15 mile stretch).
Check out more event details over on our sister blog, Be Well Philly.
Striped Bass at La Calaca Feliz
This Wednesday, May 20th, Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz
will be hosting three savory seafood courses for $35 per person. Highlights include striped bass ceviche and Pescado a la Veracruzana
Check out the menu at La Calaca Feliz »
Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse
Food truckers Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen (Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo) and Alan Krawitz (Say Cheese) are partnering up to create Revolution Taco. The brick-and-mortar taco/burrito spot just won zoning approval at 2015 Walnut Street.
Attendees to the recently held Women Against Abuse’s Dish It Up event were able to taste Nguyen’s ability, as she won this year’s Purple Dish Award with a heckuva taco.
The zoning approval clears the way for the opening of the 30-seat BYOB. The trio is aiming for a grand opening in Mid-Summer.
Revolution Taco [Foobooz]