There are many reasons why what I am about to announce is extraordinarily exciting. The top three are:
Reason one: free.
Reason two: lobster.
Reason three: tacos.
On Thursday, April 23, Chef Nick Farina (the owner of Verdad, Union Taco and the new Northern Liberties pop-up restaurant EAT) will host a 5 course dinner and auction at EAT to benefit the Kidney Foundation. The event is called “Margaritas & Carnitas,” and will cost $50 per person (including tax and gratuity).
Host Aaron Sanchez hits the taco spots trying out everything from a scrapple taco to one of Tuk Tuk Real’s Thai fusion creations. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. and Sancho’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real are all hosting viewing parties. Union Taco and Tuk Tuk are both offering $2 tacos. Union Taco is even offering delivery from their Manayunk location if you buy five or more tacos.
Tuk Tuk is also giving away a $25 gift card to the customer who posts the most appetizing photo of them watching Taco Trip and eating the restaurant’s tacos. All posts, tweets, or Instagram pics must be accompanied by #TukTukTacoTrip.
Taco Trip – Philadelphia [Cooking Channel]
Calling all broke college students and anyone else who loves free things and tacos. In order to celebrate Union Taco’s grand opening in Manayunk, the taqueria will be giving away free tacos tomorrow between noon and 2 p.m. Each guest, whether dining in or taking out, will get one taco on the house, but you can enjoy the entire menu, too.
This is Chef Nick Farina’s second Union Taco, and while the menu is almost identical to Northern Liberties’, though you won’t find any flatbreads at the Manayunk location. Yet that didn’t hinder Farina’s enthusiasm for his new opening. “I’m really excited to meet our new clientele and introduce our cuisine to Manayunk taco lovers.” And for you late-night taco lovers, Union Taco will be open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The new location will be at 4229 Main Street.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the results of the first ever Girard Avenue Taco Throwdown!
The contestants: recently opened Shifty’s Taco in Brewerytown, and very recently opened Union Taco in Northern Liberties. An intrepid group of tasters and I subjected ourselves to the one-order-of-each approach to the entire taco menu (plus guacamole and salsa, for good measure) on offer at both places. The goal? Not to crown a winner (because anyone should be happy to have either shop in their neighborhood), but to highlight the best tacos–and alert you to some missteps–at each. Overall, we had great experiences with friendly and helpful staff at both places. Through an extremely scientific tasting, note-taking, and discussion procedure, we reached consensus on some favorites. Honorable mentions are as follows:
UPDATE: Apparently, this really is a “Two Dollar Taco Tuesday” deal, because while the tacos might come two per order, Union Taco is still selling them at $2 apiece. Which means $4 per order.
Union Taco–the new spot from chef Nick Farina at 7th and Girard–just announced two new weekly deals.
The first (as totally given away by the headline) is a $2 taco deal every Tuesday whereby chef Farina will choose one of the tacos from his menu and sell that style to all comers for two bucks. The possibilities are impressive, with Farina offering everything from ground kobe with house made jalapeno queso, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos and greens to oxtail with cabrales, caramelized onions and pickled jicama or pork cheeks al pastor with honey-braised pineapple.
The other deal Union Taco is offering is a $10 flatbread Friday–wherein (you guessed it) you can score as many flatbreads as you like for just $10 a pop. And seriously? Ten bucks for a black truffle flatbread with confit chicken, mushrooms, goat cheese, pesto and sun dried tomato is a nice way to kick off the weekend.
Union Taco [f8b8z]
Halloween falls during the week this year, which means you have a choice of two weekends to don your freaky costumes and roam the streets, but there’s only one Dia de los Muertos. So pour one out for your fallen homies at any of the following…
La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave
Tim Spinner is offering a four course Day of the Dead tasting menu for $29. It begins with tamal de rana (slow braised frogs legs and green chili), moves to cemita sliders, then pork cheek mole coloradito with blue cheese grits and mustard greens, finally ending with traditional pan de muerto. At Cantina Feliz, the $28 menu (with the option to add a beverage pairing for only $12 more) is completely different and looks equally tasty. Red chili duck tamales with Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen by Neshaminy Creek Brewing, anyone?
Chef Nick Farina who owns Verdad in Bryn Mawr is opening Union Taco, a 20-seat taqueria at 712 W Girard Avenue. And on Wednesday, October 23rd he will be giving away free tacos between noon and 2 p.m.
Union Taco will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The taqueria will stay open late on weekends.