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Best Tacos

2023 Best Tacos Inside a Beer Store

Tony Burritos California

Know what goes great with beer? Tacos. Know what should be in every beer store in the city? A taqueria. As proof-of-concept, see Tony Burritos — a stand-up Mexican operation run from behind an old deli counter inside the Foodery in Roxborough. It’s doing simple, stripped-down double-tortilla street tacos filled with pork carnitas and chopped onions, brightened up with a squeeze of lime, and soft birria tacos dripping with consommé. Read More »

6148 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2023 Best New Taqueria

El Chapulin

In case you’re wondering how many times we visit a restaurant before bestowing such an honor, in the instance of this bright and cheery Delco taqueria, we probably went 10 times — not just for due diligence, but also because we love it so much. From the birria to the tamales to the taco platters to the shrimp cocktail to the occasional appearance of menudo, we can’t wait to eat it all again. Read More »

8901 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA

2021 Best New Taqueria

La Canasta

La Canasta opened deep in the heart of South Philly’s Whitman neighborhood doing a classic taqueria menu with a rotating list of specials (mango-glazed chicken sandwiches! Short-rib burgers!). But the thing to order here is the namesake tacos de canasta — tortillas stuffed with pork or beans and steamed in hot chili oil and onions, only available on the weekends. Read More »

2341 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Tacos

San Miguelito

With tender homemade tortillas and poppin’ al pastor, Aurora Hernandez and Adolfo Florencio have created a five-table taco oasis in deep South Philly. Read More »

2654 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-773-8440 | Website

2018 Best Tacos

Tacos El Rodeo

Look for the colorful muraled truck surrounded by a big crowd of people, rain or shine. They’re all there for perfect al pastor (carved fresh off the rotating spit), and they’re ordering it “with everything” – which at El Rodeo means shredded lettuce, a slice of avocado, and zingy pickled carrots. Read More »

1000 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 267-997-3415 | Website

2016 Best Fusion Taco

Roast Duck Taco at Revolution Taco

Usually, the daring reinvention of the taco — you know, filling them with all sorts of weird chef-y things — is B.S. The roast duck taco at Revolution is the exception. Wrapped in a scallion pancake, topped with plum sauce, ginger-cabbage slaw, pickled oyster mushrooms and a scattering of fried duck skin, it's Sunday-morning Chinese leftovers presented in the best possible way. Read More »

2015 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-639-5681 | Website

2016 Best Authentic Taco

South Philly Barbacoa

What was once a popular sidewalk food cart in the Italian Market is now an even more popular storefront where the slow-cooked meat tacos (which are cut to order right before your eyes at the counter) are the stuff of legend. Read More »

1703 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-694-3797 | Website

2014 Best Tacos

Mole Poblano

The South Philly storefront might look like your average taqueria, but Mole Poblano's game is a step above. Order the al pastor, which is stuffed with flavorful pork and tangy pineapple. Read More »

1144 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-465-1616 | Website

2012 Best Tacos

El Zarape

It's ironic to watch people waiting in line outside Cantina Los Caballitos while you're inside eating excellent authentic Mexican fare right across the street at El Zarape. Order the al pastor, with crispy pork and tasty pineapple, or don't make a decision at all and get the combo-beef and chorizo together on a single taco. Read More »

1848 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-336-1293