Dia De Los Muertos Menus Popping Up Around Town

Halloween may be a little bit damp this year (or, if you live in New Jersey, rescheduled by official decree of governor Christie), but your plans for celebrating Dia de los Muertos need not suffer. We’ve got several area restaurants putting out special menus for the Day of the Dead, and here’s what to expect.

Verdad’s Dia de los Muertos Menu

Chef Nick Farina is going historical and debuting a “family” of al pastor tacos on November 1, and pairing them with some new cocktails and premium tequila flights. The new additions will be on the board all throughout November. Tacos are $2.50 apiece.

  • Trip Pastor (Dad)
    Pork, Pineapple, Pickled Jalapeño, Arugula, Adobe,Red Chiles, Poblanos, Queso Fresco
  • Nan Pastor (Wife)
    Pork, Pineapple, Tequila, Dried Cherries, Crema, Avocado, Queso Blanco
  • Chip Pastor (Son)
    Pork, Pineapple, Mango, Caramelized Shallots, Manchego, Agave Nectar
  • Buffy Pastor (Daughter)
    Lamb, Pineapple, Granny Smith Apples, Mahon, Vanilla Honey Aioli

Verdad’s New Cocktails:

Pulque del Rey
Herradura Reposado Tequila, Horchata, Creme de Cacao, Agave Nectar

Cactus Margarita
Espolon Blanco Tequila, Prickly Pear Puree, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar

Día de los Muertos Tequila Flight
Espolon Blanco, Espolon Reposado, and Kah Anejo

El Camino Real’s Dia de los Muertos Menu

El Camino Real is teaming up with Patron tequila for a one-night-only Day of the Dead dinner. It’s prix fixe, $45 per person, and you can call 215-925-1110 for reservations.


Thursday, November 1st
$45 per person (plus tax and gratuity)


Patron Tequila Flight

1st Course

Smoky Chipotle Salsa & Ancho Maple Pepitas

Patron Silver ‘La Paloma Rosa’

2nd Course

Chili Rellenos Gordo, Corn three ways, Rice & Beans

Patron Reposado Margarita

3rd Course

Spicy Shrimp with Patron Anejo, Peppers, Onions, Lime & Tortillas

Patron Anejo ‘Cide-Car’

4th Course

Patron XO Rocky Road Milkshake

Patron XO Cafe Liqueur


Dia de los Muertos Tasting Menus at Cantina Feliz and La Calaca Feliz

Finally, the pair of restaurants operated by partners Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal will be doing a Day of the Dead tasting menu at both of their joints. The menu will run from October 29-November 4.

Dia de Los Muertos Tasting Menu

Served at Cantina Feliz October 29-November 4


Kampachi, Raspberry Sorbet, Cucumber Slices


Flank Steak, Mole Poblano, Bone Marrow Tamale, Grilled Asparagus


Served with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

La Calaca Feliz Dia de los Muertos Tasting Menu

Served October 29-November 4

First Course

Sopa de Calabaza
Roasted pumpkin soup, chipotle, chihuahua cheese, pumpkin seeds
Tamal de mole amarillo
Mole amarillo, shredded chicken, rajas

Second Course

Pollo con mole Poblano
Roasted chicken breast, mole poblano, carrot rice, pomegranate
Pescado dorado
Whole fried bream, spicy salsa de arbol, charred brussels sprouts
Cachetes de Puerco
Braised pork cheeks, salsa cascabel, black beans, avocado

Third Course

Arroz con leche
Classic rice pudding
Dulces del Dia de los Muertos
Selection of Day of the Dead sweets

Verdad Restaurant and Tequila Bar [Official website]

El Camino Real [Official website]

La Calaca Feliz [Official website]

Cantina Feliz [Official website]