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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West Passyunk’s Grubhouse won a Best of Philly award for best hangover cure. But the South Philly luncheonette isn’t just about curing your headache with bacon pancakes. They also offer several deals that can heal your ailing wallet.
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13th Street’s Lolita is closing this July for two months to undergo a full-scale renovation. But fret not, because there is a slew of festivities before the almost ten-year old BYOB heads on hiatus.
Among the specials:
- Sundays: Buy One, Get One Margarita Pitchers
- Mondays: Barbecue Night with ribs and sides
- Tuesdays: Taco Tuesdays, featuring house-made tortillas and fixings
When the restaurant reopens this fall, Lolita will sport a fresh look, a new Mexican-street food inspired menu (fear not, the carne asada isn’t going anywhere) and a full liquor license.
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Bridget Foy’s kicks off their inaugural Taco Tuesday today, May 7th. Stop on by the bar for your choice of two duck or beef tacos with a margarita or Corona for just $10.
Chef Marcie Turney brings back fan-favorite $20 Taco Tuesday this April and May at Lolita starting April 9th.
Conquer those midweek cravings with an appetizing menu consisting of grilled fillet tips, Puerco borracha, grilled asparagus and wild mushrooms, crispy plantain and blue corn crusted mahi, jicama, lime Mexican beans with smoked bacon, cotija, chile and a whole slew of other delicacies. Vegetarian beans are also available upon request.
And wash down those tacos with a nice glass of tequila. Taco Tuesdays are BYOT (Bring Your Own Tequila) and Lolita is serving up freshly-squeezed margarita mixes for your drinks: choose from blood orange, traditional lime and passion fruit!
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Are you ready for Taco Tuesday?!
Mt. Airy’s Avenida on Germantown Avenue will be hosting this special event every Tuesday starting April 9th. Specials include three tacos and three sides for just $20 per person.
There’s a wide variety of tacos to choose from, including pan-seared pentado (Brazilian Tigerfish) with shredded fried tortillas, iceberg lettuce and romesco sauce; grilled lamb sausage with pico de gallo; black bean and soy chorizo with escabeche; and pollo a la parrilla, grilled chicken with creamy roasted pepper-garlic sauce and cilantro leaves. As far as toppings go, sink your teeth into baked black beans with cloves and bacon lardons; trio frito, yukon gold, sweet potato and yucca fries; creamy cabbage and watercress with dulce de leche chipotle vinaigrette; and fried zucchini “noodles” with jalapeños, onions and tomatillo sauce.
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The author, sticking to his diet
I’ve recently completed the Taco Challenge at Loco Pez. I ate twenty tacos in about 21 minutes. I didn’t beat the record–I didn’t even come close, really–but I completed it, and that’s what matters. The beauty of it all, though, is that the challenge would’ve cost me double what I paid had I not gone on one of Loco Pez’s Dollar Taco nights. I would’ve broken the bank to gorge myself with tacos — an experience I’d consider uncouth by its very nature.
So here’s to the dollar tacos of Philly–a pardon to overindulge, an excuse to pig-out, even a blessing in disguise.
Damn, I’m fat…
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It doesn’t have to be Tuesday for you to enjoy tacos, but Lolita just makes it so hard not to. Continuing their weekly Taco Tuesdays, this Tuesday, October 30th, Lolita is offering a choice of one from three new taco dishes prepared by chefs Marcie Turney, Todd Satterfield, and Issac Quinn.
Options include a Lolita take on the classic carnita with the Tacos de Carnitas combining pork shoulder with apple cider-canela braise and fennel, as well as Tacos de Hongas with seared mushroom, roasted hominy, oaxaco cheese, and smokey peanut mole.
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