Watch: The Story of South Philly Barbacoa’s Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez in the cart days | Photo by Emily Teel

Cristina Martinez in the cart days | Photo by Emily Teel

As part of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants coverage, the magazine produced a video on Cristina Martinez, the undocumented Mexican chef who runs the #6 restaurant on that list, South Philly Barbacoa. If you don’t know the story of Martinez and her husband Benjamin Miller it is a must-watch video.

And even if you do know the story, in this election year, it is a good reminder that immigration doesn’t just happen in a theoretical world, the struggles, successes and frustrations play out right here on the streets of Philadelphia and very often, in the kitchens of our favorite restaurants.
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South Philly Barbacoa Named to Bon Appetit Top Ten

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Lamb tacos at South Philly Barbacoa | Photo by Emily Teel

Bon Appetit has announced its annual Hot 10 list of the best new restaurants in America and Philadelphia’s South Philly Barbacoa placed 6th on the list. Deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior editor Julia Kramer traveled more than 5,700 miles to more than 40 cities to create this list of the best new restaurants in the country.

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Philly Style Bagels Gets Best New Sandwich Nod

The Classic Lox Sandwich Philly Style Bagels

The Classic Lox Sandwich
Philly Style Bagels

Bon Appetit is back praising Philadelphia. A week after naming South Philly Barbacoa and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons among the 50 best new restaurants in the country, the magazine crowns Philly Style Bagels’ Classic Lox on a bagel as the best new sandwich in the country.

Editor Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer boast that whatever you put on this bagel, it will be “life-changing.”

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Two Philadelphia Restaurants Land on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants List

Pizza Room at Wm. Mulherins Sons | Photo by Matthew Williams

Pizza Room at Wm. Mulherins Sons | Photo by Matthew Williams

Today Bon Appetit rolled out its 50 Best New Restaurants for 2016 and two Philadelphia restaurants make the cut. One might have been expected, the other is a surprise but a mighty deserving one. Slick Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the expected choice, what with its gorgeous redo of a century old building and with celebrated chef Chris Painter in the kitchen. The magazine praises the pastas and pizza while also remarking on the cocktails coming from the bar.

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Bon Appetit Highlights Philadelphia in Travel Issue

Bon Appetit's Travel Issue, How to Devour America's Best Food Cities | Instagram

Bon Appetit’s Travel Issue, How to Devour America’s Best Food Cities | Instagram

Philadelphia gets a six page spread in Bon Appetit’s May issue on travel. Bon Appetit’s Editor in Chief himself, Adam Rapoport spends 32 hours in town with co-worker and former 12 Steps Down employee Amiel Stanek. The pair get local help from W/N W/N Coffee Bar co-founder Anthony Fulvio as they eat and drink their way through town.

On the high end, the crew hits Vernick Food and Drink, Zahav, Kensington Quarters and But they also hit small spots like Stargazy, Philly Style Bagels, Tortilleria San Roman, South Philly Barbacoa and Café Diem.

It’s an impressive 32-hours of food and drink. And at six pages, is as many as any other city is allotted in the issue.

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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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