Honest Tom’s Launches Taco Sauce Line

honest toms taco sauceIn 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 Getting a Storefront

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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]

Coming Soon: Tour de Taco IV

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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.

Revolution Taco Coming to Rittenhouse Square

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

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]

Al Pastor Taco Shop Coming to Oregon Avenue

Justino Jimenez at the Garage.

Justino Jimenez at the Garage.

Vetri veteran Justino Jimenez is opening Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina, a taco shop at 6th and Oregon that will focus on spit-roasted, Al Pastor style tacos. Food Junkets has the details on the shop which will open around April 1st.

You may have already had Jimenez’s tacos if you have been at the Garage on a night he was in the cart. We have only heard good things about his tacos.

Spit Roasted Al Pastor Focused Taco Shop Coming to 6th & Oregon [Food Junkets]

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina [Foobooz]

Brooklyn Beer Dinner at Dos Segundos

brooklyn_brewing_logoJoin Dos Segundos on Tuesday, March 10th at 7 pm for a special night with Brooklyn Brewery. Five plates will be paired with five Brooklyn Brewing beers including the rare Cuvee La Boite, a 2011 Monster Ale and more.

Chef Neal Mayton is pairing the beers with everything from tuna crudo to a lamb t-bone.

Tickets are $65; seating will be limited.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchased here.

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Fish Tacos Come to Callowhill Street

buena-onda-tacos-interiorJose Garces is opening Buena Onda in the Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street. Buena Onda will join Pizzeria Vetri and Gyu-Kaku on the block. The casual spot, sporting the slogan “Fresh Fish Tacos” will offer tacos, quesadillas and more. The restaurant will have a liquor license, and according to this Instagram photo, Jose Garces’s tenth Philadelphia restaurant concept will offer a selection of cheladas.

Stay tuned for more details. We will all get a chance to try Buena Onda out on Monday, March 16th, when the restaurant opens to the public.

Buena Onda [Foobooz]

Now Open: Los Camaradas in Graduate Hospital

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Mural at Los Camaradas

Los Camaradas is now open at 22nd and Carpenter. The Mexican bar and restaurant replaces the unfortunately named Strip Joint. Joseph and Theresa Scull are behind the new spot. This is the couple’s first spot but far from their first time in a restaurant. Joseph is a restaurant kitchen veteran, recently he’s been doing some consulting and has had stints at Bryn Mawr’s Verdad and Chestnut Hill’s Solaris Grill. Theresa was the beverage manager at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz.

The bar is stocked with more than 50 tequilas and a healthy selection of mezcals. All of the margaritas are made with fresh fruit and agave, never a mix. The bar will also have specialty cocktails like the Alma Picante, a spicy and smoky number made with mezcal. It went well with the smoked gouda that starred in the nachos.
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