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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Another Link in the Chain

not-your-average-joe-ardmore-940Not Your Average Joe’s is coming to Ardmore’s Suburban Square on February 23rd. The Massachusetts-based, casual bar-restaurant chain is taking over the old movie theater at Suburban Square. The Ardmore location is the second are location for the chain, NYAJ opened in Glen Mills last year.

Also in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, Michael Klein has the details on Besito, an upscale Mexican chain from Long Island, New York that promises “a fiesta every night.”

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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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