Tacos and Pizza Had a Baby in South Philly — and It’s Delicious

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You can order Mexican pizza pretty late at night in South Philly, which is useful since it’s greasy and salty and has a real gift for soaking up a Saturday night.

It’s a South Philly delicacy, one that passes up culinary convention for something that hits its neighbors — all of its neighbors — closer to home. Because it’s not a tlayuda, those XL tortillas piled with refried beans and whatnot (find them on the menu at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount); it’s not a coca, either (though Adan Trinidad does a nifty Mexican take on the classic Spanish flatbread over at Pistola’s Del Sur).

It’s an Italian-American and Mexican hybrid, repping its neighborhood like some kind of delicious mascot.
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Ramen Pop-Up at Taqueria Feliz

A Mexican bao bun? It's happening this week in Manayunk.

A Mexican bao bun? It’s happening this week in Manayunk.

Have you ever felt like your burrito needed more noodles? Or your ramen needed more tortilla chips? Neither have we, nonetheless we’re intrigued by the pop-up Taqueria Feliz has planned. The Manayunk Mexican restaurant is hosting a ramen pop-up. Mexican-Asian fusion might sound weird but we’re willing to give dishes like Ramen Poblano a try.

And the Main Street bar will also be well stocked with Sapporo Pilsner and Black Raspberry “Sake-Ritas.”

Check out the rest of the menu.

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Sancho Pistola’s Begins Lunch

Adan Trinidad rolls out a menu of tortas on Monday

Adan Trinidad rolls out a menu of tortas on Monday

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
  • Carnitas
    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.

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South Street’s Tio Flores Starts Brunch

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Tio Flores, the Mexican joint from the team behind Hawthornes and Cambridge is kicking off brunch service this weekend.

Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu offers plenty of huevos and even a Mexican spin around French toast.

And since it isn’t brunch without some booze, Tio Flores is offering the standard Bloody Mary and Bloody Maria, plus a Mexican Chili Hot Cocoa that you can spike with XO Patron.

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Watch: The Story of South Philly Barbacoa’s Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez in the cart days | Photo by Emily Teel

Cristina Martinez in the cart days | Photo by Emily Teel

As part of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants coverage, the magazine produced a video on Cristina Martinez, the undocumented Mexican chef who runs the #6 restaurant on that list, South Philly Barbacoa. If you don’t know the story of Martinez and her husband Benjamin Miller it is a must-watch video.

And even if you do know the story, in this election year, it is a good reminder that immigration doesn’t just happen in a theoretical world, the struggles, successes and frustrations play out right here on the streets of Philadelphia and very often, in the kitchens of our favorite restaurants.
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Buena Onda Coming to Chestnut Street

Buena Onda Tacos is coming to Rittenhouse

Buena Onda Tacos is coming to Rittenhouse

In June, Jose Garces teased that his fast-casual fish taqueria would be coming to a location close to Philadelphia magazine’s offices. And today we can confirm that the second Buena Onda is indeed opening around the corner from the magazine’s offices, to the former Charlie’s Jeans at 1735 Chestnut Street.

The lease has been signed but no timeframe has been announced. We’re not holding our breath as the former clothing store will require an extensive buildout to become a restaurant, fast-casual or otherwise.

In June, Garces told us that he had plans for three Buena Onda locations in total in Philadelphia. No word on where that third one might land.

Buena Onda – Rittenhouse [Foobooz]

South Philly Barbacoa Named to Bon Appetit Top Ten

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Bon Appetit has announced its annual Hot 10 list of the best new restaurants in America and Philadelphia’s South Philly Barbacoa placed 6th on the list. Deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior editor Julia Kramer traveled more than 5,700 miles to more than 40 cities to create this list of the best new restaurants in the country.

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Philly Style Bagels Gets Best New Sandwich Nod

The Classic Lox Sandwich Philly Style Bagels

The Classic Lox Sandwich
Philly Style Bagels

Bon Appetit is back praising Philadelphia. A week after naming South Philly Barbacoa and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons among the 50 best new restaurants in the country, the magazine crowns Philly Style Bagels’ Classic Lox on a bagel as the best new sandwich in the country.

Editor Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer boast that whatever you put on this bagel, it will be “life-changing.”

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Two Philadelphia Restaurants Land on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants List

Pizza Room at Wm. Mulherins Sons | Photo by Matthew Williams

Pizza Room at Wm. Mulherins Sons | Photo by Matthew Williams

Today Bon Appetit rolled out its 50 Best New Restaurants for 2016 and two Philadelphia restaurants make the cut. One might have been expected, the other is a surprise but a mighty deserving one. Slick Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the expected choice, what with its gorgeous redo of a century old building and with celebrated chef Chris Painter in the kitchen. The magazine praises the pastas and pizza while also remarking on the cocktails coming from the bar.

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