South Philly Barbacoa’s Benjamin Miller Hosting Right to Work Events


Benjamin Miller at a barbacoa event.

South Philly Barbacoa’s Benjamin Miller has been a vocal supporter of immigrant restaurant workers and he is going to be hosting a series of events to raise awareness and show solidarity with those unable to work legally in the United States. On Monday, November 30th, he is hosting a dinner upstairs at Nomad Pizza. The event will begin at 6:30 with a meet-and-greet, dinner, presentations and live music.

A donation is requested for the dinner and the event will be capped at 50 people. Chefs Nick Macri (La Divisa Meats), Calvin Okunoye (Restaurant Opportunities Center), Cristina Martinez  (South Philly Barbacoa) and Elijah Milligan (H2o Kitchen).

Reservations will be accepted starting at noon on Monday, November 16th. Watch the Facebook page for a number to call.

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South Philly Barbacoa Getting a Storefront


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]

Alla Spina Hosts a Celebratory/Collaborative Industry Night

Alla Spina

Most people look forward to the weekends to relax on their days off and sometimes go to a nice dinner. Well, servers are kind of the opposite. The weekend means long shifts, late nights and nonstop running around for demanding customers.

For any servers, bartenders or cooks who feel unappreciated, Alla Spina is hosting an industry night tonight, Monday, May 4th with free food and cheap drinks.

This industry night isn’t just Marc Vetri’s normal monthly celebration, though. It’s a night celebrating National Star Wars Day, and The James Beard Awards, and as of midnight, Cinco De Mayo.

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Cinco de Mayo Roundup: Where to Eat and Drink as the 5th of May Approaches


With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.

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TONIGHT: South Philly Barbacoa at Sancho Pistola’s

sancho pistolasIt’s volume fourteen of Sancho Pistola’s Fishtown Taco Exchange and tonight’s taco co-conspirator is South Philly Barbacoa. South Philly Barbacoa normally serves out of a food cart at 8th and Watkins on Saturday and Sunday mornings and receive nothing but glowing accolades.

Today, Monday, April 20th, Ben Miller and Christina Martinez will be showing off their pancita tacos, barbacoa tacos and consommé. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and three tacos are $9.

Check out Sancho Spielbergo’s video if you need more taco porn.

Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]

Best Pre-Brunch In Philly: South Philly Barbacoa


The end of daylight savings time means that twilight falls early, but it also means an extra hour of daylight in the morning. The best thing to do with that hour? Get a jump start on weekend dining that beats the pants off of even the earliest of brunch options in town: South Philly Barbacoa.

Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez have been setting up their taco truck at 8th and Watkins in the pre-dawn hours every Saturday and Sunday morning for nearly a year. Though their clientele is largely made up of night-shift working immigrants, Miller and Martinez are poised to give anybody in South Philly who might otherwise end up in a 24-hour diner a run for their money, and if you haven’t yet visited, you should definitely set your alarm clock.

And we’ve got photos, too

South Philly Barbacoa Tonight at the Garage


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.

Garage [Foobooz]

The South Philly Barbacoa Will Not Happen at Isaiah Zagar Garage

barbacoaThe 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]

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