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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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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It’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]
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez’s weekend taco operation South Philly Barbacoa, but one must wake up early to experience it, since they typically sell out by noon or shortly thereafter.
But now, on December 15th, all you night owls will get your chance to try some.
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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
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.
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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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]
Photo via the Passyunk Post
The Passyunk Post has the details on South Philly Barbacoa, a couple days a week Mexican pit barbecue proposed for 1002 Watkins Street in South Philadelphia. Benjamin Miller would be the owner and operator. Miller currently works in the kitchen at Kanella and has worked for Amis in the past.
The concept goes in front of the East Passyunk Crossing Zoning committee on January 22nd. Check out the Passyunk Post for more information.
“South Philly Barbacoa” would be the BYOB in Zagar’s warehouse [Passyunk Post]