Tonight, South Philly Barbacoa is setting up at the Garage at 9th and Passyunk. Benjamin Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez will be cooking up Lamb Barbacoa, Pancita Tacos, Lamb Broth with Chickpeas and Rice and Nopales Tacos, which are vegetarian.
The cart should be ready to go by about 6 p.m., which conveniently is in the middle of Garage’s happy hour.
Lamb Barbacoa at Taqueria Feliz | Photo by Courtney Apple
Craig LaBan visits Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz where he is generally impressed with what’s coming out of Lucio Palazzo’s kitchen, grasshoppers and all. But the reason to go, is Palazzo’s lamb barbacoa.
Palazzo’s true destination masterpiece, though, his lamb barbacoa, is considerably more accessible. Rubbed for days in a mulato chile paste aromatic with canella and charred onion, smoked over cherrywood, then baked six hours inside banana leaves over chickpeas, it’s a Mexican cousin to the legendary lamb shoulder at Zahav, where he once worked. It’s very much worthy of the legacy – sublimely tender on the bone over refried beans and plancha-seared nopales strips, with a soulful lamb and chickpea consommé on the side.
Two Bells – Very Good
Taqueria Feliz: a nice addition to Manayunk [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Taqueria Feliz [Foobooz]
There’s no denying alliteration works. How else can you explain the popularity of Taco Tuesdays?
And here are four we came across just now:
Miles Table also has a fish taco special for lunch today. Three seared tilapia tacos with sesame Thai slaw, sweet and spicy aioli, pickled onions on blue tortillas are $12.
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The Passyunk Post is reporting that the South Philly Barbacoa project from Benjamin Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez will not be happening in the Isaiah Zagar garage at 10th and Watkins.
The Post says Miller is still looking for a space in South Philly and David Goldfarb, the East Passyunk Crossing zoning chair is assisting.
You can still get the barbacoa on Sunday mornings outside of Rosa’s Bakery at 8th and Watkins. Also look for Miller and Martinez at the Garage on Friday, February 28th.
That was quick. South Philly Barbacoa will NOT be in Zagar warehouse [Passyunk Post]
South Philly Barbacoa [Foobooz]
We’ve previously told you about the South Philly Barbacoa cart that has been popping up at 8th and Watkins on Sunday mornings. If you’re not a morning, or even afternoon person, you’ve got another chance to try Cristina Martinez’s barbacoa and other tacos tonight at Tap Room on 19th.
Martinez and her husband Benjamin Miller will be selling $3 plates from 6 p.m. till they sell out.
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Chicago chef Rick Bayless did a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia over the last day as he was in town to open Tortas Frontera at the ARCH building on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
This is the first Tortas Frontera outside of Chicago. The quick-serve Mexican concept promises local ingredients in tortas, cazuelas (Mexican meals in a bowl), caldos (soups) and molletes (flatbreads). The menu also features a breakfast section. The University of Pennsylvania’s Tortas Frontera is located in the recently restored ARCH building (3601 Locust Walk), The all-day spot is open to Penn students and the public.
Check out the Tortas Frontera listing for hours and more information. The menu is located here.
Where did Rick Bayless hit in Philadelphia? »
Jill Weber, who has brought Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 to South Street is bringing another business to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Cafe Ynez will be her next restaurant, opening in the NextFab Studio space at 2025 Washington Avenue, her husband’s business.
Cafe Ynez will be a Mexico City style diner operating from early morning to early evening, including brunch on weekends. The menu will include coffee, pastries, cemitas sandwiches and rotisserie chicken.
As for an opening date, like many Philadelphia restaurant openings, it will depend on Licenses and Inspections.
Cafe Ynez [Foobooz]
Korean Rib Tacos | Photo by Danya Heninger
Last night marked the opening of Sancho Pistola’s, the second bar from Adan Trinidad, Joe Gunn and Casey Parker, the team behind Center City’s Jose Pistola’s. The bar at 19 W Girard Avenue is turning out serious Mexican dishes and serving up Pistola’s signature great beer.
The food here struck us as a bit more authentically Mexican than what we’ve enjoyed at Jose Pistola’s. Those most authentic dishes were also the most successful as I would rank the spicy pork tacos ahead of the Korean rib tacos and I’d also highly recommend the black bean soup, which was just what the doctor ordered on a very cold night. Well that and some mezcal.
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Sancho Pistola’s, the second bar from Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad is set to open this Wednesday at 19 West Girard Avenue. The team is swinging open the doors at 7 p.m.
The sequel to Jose Pistola’s will offer chef Trinidad free reign to come up with a menu, a menu that will heavily feature mole sauces. In fact, Trinidad’s mother will be making mole and sharing how she does it, today at 3 p.m.
So if you ever wanted to learn how to make mole from a real expert, today’s your lucky day.
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]
Earlier this month we told you Benjamin Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez were looking to open a South Philadelphia Barbacoa at 1002 Watkins Street. The couple was to have a neighborhood zoning meeting regarding the project this week but the snow has pushed that to Monday, January 27th.
This Sunday however, Miller and Martinez will be selling their barbacoa from a food cart outside Mexican bakery Los Rosa’s at 8th and Watkins. The cart will open at 7 a.m. and will be serving till everything is sold out.
Brion Shreffler (who chased barbacoa for City Paper back in 2011) has more on his food blog, Food Junkets. Check it out for more on the couple’s plans for a South Philly Barbacoa.
The Story Behind a South Philly Barbacoa Food Cart Set to Launch This Sunday [Food Junkets]