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Search for nachos on Foobooz and you’re going to get some old and out of date information.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?

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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.

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Tuk Tuk Real Opening with Free Food

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Tuk Tuk Real, the Thai taqueria from Circles Thai owner chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous chef Silvestre Rincon is softly opening tomorrow evening, September 10th. Located at 429 South Street, the soft opening begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary food and refreshments. The grand opening is Thursday at 5 p.m.

Boonphaya and Rincon have combined their Thai and Mexican influences to create a menu full of dishes such as Lamb Massaman Nachos, Lemongrass Carnitas Tacos and Moo Ping Burritos.

Tuk Tuk Real will be open daily. For more details check out our Tuk Tuk Real listing.

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Lolita Launches Lunch

lolita-logoBeginning this Wednesday, August 27, Midtown Village’s Lolita will start serving lunch. Once lunch kicks off it will be offered Monday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.

The menu includes summer vegetable and short rib burritos plus taco platters including marinated pork tacos fresh of the rotating spit.

And in even better news for tomorrow. Lolita will be giving away carnitas tacos between noon and 2 p.m. Limit of one per customer.

Lolita Lunch Menu (PDF)

Lolita [Foobooz]

Free Tacos at Union Taco in Manayunk

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Calling all broke college students and anyone else who loves free things and tacos. In order to celebrate Union Taco’s grand opening in Manayunk, the taqueria will be giving away free tacos tomorrow between noon and 2 p.m. Each guest, whether dining in or taking out, will get one taco on the house, but you can enjoy the entire menu, too.

This is Chef Nick Farina’s second Union Taco, and while the menu is almost identical to Northern Liberties’, though you won’t find any flatbreads at the Manayunk location. Yet that didn’t hinder Farina’s enthusiasm for his new opening. “I’m really excited to meet our new clientele and introduce our cuisine to Manayunk taco lovers.” And for you late-night taco lovers, Union Taco will be open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The new location will be at 4229 Main Street.

Union Taco [Foobooz]
Union Taco [Official]

Tonight: Ranch Road Tacos at Serrano

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Serrano in Old City may have served its last meal on June 28th, but starting tonight there will still be dishes coming out of the kitchen. Chef Meghan Carnevale will be running the show (and her first kitchen) this summer as Ranch Road Taco Shop, Carnevale’s beloved taco truck, hosts a midsummer pop up at the now-closed-for-renovations  Serrano.

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