Occasional Foobooz correspondent Fidel Gastro was at Sylva Senat’s Dos Tacos for lunch today at 120 S 15th Street. He ordered the Frenchman, herb braised chicken tacos topped with adobo salsa and truffle-lime vinaigrette. And of course he got the foie gras add-on.
Dos Tacos is open till 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, though Le Frenchman is only served till midnight.
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Fish Tacos at Buena Onda | Photo by Jason Varney
Strange things are afoot in Fast Food Nation. McDonald’s, whose 2013 Mighty Wings promotion left the chain sitting on 10 million pounds of unsold chicken, is so deep in a corporate identity crisis that it just gave the Hamburglar a makeover as a suburbanite hipster. Meanwhile, Shake Shack’s stock hit a P/E ratio nearly 10 times higher than Facebook’s. And now Jose Garces is leaping into the quick-serve sweepstakes with a value proposition of his own: $3.50 fish tacos, and free beer while you wait. Read more »
South Philly Barbacoa, just one of the stops on the Tour de Taco.
The fourth Tour de Taco is upon us, think Tour de France, but you’re biking to 9 of Philly’s best taco shops. The event, happening on Saturday June 13, spans 15 miles and tours shops from South Philly, through West Philly, all the way to Fishtown.
Riders are recommended to pre-order their tacos now as the event has become bigger than expected. Place your order here by Friday June 5th to beat the inevitable lines. Order as many as you like since you’re biking it all off anyway, but we suggest keeping the margaritas to a minimum (at least at the beginning of the 15 mile stretch).
Check out more event details over on our sister blog, Be Well Philly.
UPDATED 6/1 at 5:05 p.m.: We talked to Brandon Gussoni, who is organizing the ride along with his friend Justin Tucker. He told us that past versions of the ride have topped out at around 40 people, and that this year’s version has gotten much bigger than they’d anticipated.
“If everyone who’s saying they are going to come actually does come and orders tacos at the restaurants, we’re going to be stuck at each place for a long time,” he explained. So Gussoni wants to stress the importance of pre-ordering tacos this year. The form to do that is here and all orders, along with payment, are due to Gussoni by Friday, June 5th.
ORIGINAL: Spending your Saturday biking around town from taco shop to taco shop, shoveling every type of stuffed tortilla under the sun (and the occasional margarita) into your face, sounds like a dream one might have while inebriated, right? But it’s not a dream! It’s real: The fourth Tour de Taco, a bike ride that makes its way to nine taco shops around Philly, is happening Saturday, June 13th.
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Peter McAndrews’ (Paesano’s, Modo Mio, Monsu) first cooking job in Philadelphia was at Bridgid’s more than 20-years ago. And now he’s back in charge of the Fairmount mainstay. He’s installed Patrick Collins as the chef. Collins has worked on 13th Street for Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney as well as for George Sabatino. This isn’t the first time McAndrews has turned back towards Bridgid’s. The chef consulted there in 2012. But this time he’s taken over the whole operation.
The menu is Italian, offering a menu of Chichette, small plates for just $5 each, 3 for $13. The new Bridgid’s will also offer a selection of ten-or-so house-made pastas for $10 to $12 a plate. Entrees will have a seafood focus and top out at $18 per plate. As is McAndrews m.o., expect bold flavors and wine friendly dishes. Speaking of wine, McAndrews is offering 8 white wines and 11 reds by the glass. McAndrews says he wants Bridgid’s to be a “true Italian restaurant, intriguing and affordable,” a place to have a good time with a good glass of wine or two.
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Thanks to HughE Dillon for the rendering of the interior of the new Dos Tacos
Everyone needs a project to distract them from the slings and arrows of daily life. Some people (shoutout to my dad) collect stamps. Others (also, shoutout to my dad) build model trains. And some people, the best people, open taco shops.
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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]
Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse
Food truckers Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen (Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo) and Alan Krawitz (Say Cheese) are partnering up to create Revolution Taco. The brick-and-mortar taco/burrito spot just won zoning approval at 2015 Walnut Street.
Attendees to the recently held Women Against Abuse’s Dish It Up event were able to taste Nguyen’s ability, as she won this year’s Purple Dish Award with a heckuva taco.
The zoning approval clears the way for the opening of the 30-seat BYOB. The trio is aiming for a grand opening in Mid-Summer.
Revolution Taco [Foobooz]
Buena Onda – Fresh Fish Tacos opens on Monday, March 16th.
The Garces Group’s Buena Onda is opening on Monday, March 16th on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street. This afternoon, team Foobooz dropped by to get a taste and take a look around.
The brightly appointed taqueria is inspired by the vibe and food of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. That means lots of fish tacos, a surfer vibe and the sound of Los Yaki playing on Buena Onda’s record player.
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Justino Jimenez at the Garage.
Vetri veteran Justino Jimenez is opening Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina, a taco shop at 6th and Oregon that will focus on spit-roasted, Al Pastor style tacos. Food Junkets has the details on the shop which will open around April 1st.
You may have already had Jimenez’s tacos if you have been at the Garage on a night he was in the cart. We have only heard good things about his tacos.
Spit Roasted Al Pastor Focused Taco Shop Coming to 6th & Oregon [Food Junkets]
Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina [Foobooz]