Food & Drink

Everywhere in the 215 to celebrate not-Mexican independence

Published On 04/29/2013 Published On 04/29/2013
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1. Cantina Los Caballitos 1651 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

This South Philly cantina takes its name from the traditional tequila-drinking glass, the Caballito, which is a tall narrow shot glass. But you don't care about that do you? Fine, the tequila itself is amazing, with nearly 100 varieties to choose from. What's more, they've got a cooking-til-1-am kitchen that's serving up killer quesadillas, fajitas, and more.

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2. Los Taquitos De Puebla 1149 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

If you're looking for a fast food-esque taco, it's best you look elsewhere. This hole-in-the-wall spot in South Philly is super authentic, with a huge range of typical Mexican taco, quesadilla, and side dish combinations.

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3. Distrito 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Jose Garces may not have won the Iron Chef America Tournament of Champions (we'll assume you watched), but who needs a meaningless trophy with a restaurant this good? Garces is, offering up a whole bunch of tasty, authentic Mexican food & drinks, from carnitas tacos and carne asada tortas to his signature Don Julio tequila margarita. The UCity spot is sure to please, with walls covered in bright pink & green paint and Mexican wrestling masks, and more.

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4. El Vez 121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

A Stephen Starr restaurant, El Vez is a vibrantly designed restaurant serving equally colorful, traditional Mexican food. This Midtown Village spot also quenches your thirst with an awesome, house-made margarita of your choice.

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5. Honest Tom's Taco Shop 261 S 44th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Often considered Philly's best taqueria, Honest Tom's serves up a super affordable menu of breakfast burritos (stuffed full of eggs, cheese, homefries, and more) that will start your day the right way. Stop by again on the way home to try their sweet potato taco, because you can never have too much tortilla in your life.

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6. Pure Tacos 1935 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia has been home to countless historical moments, but only two that anyone'll really ever remember: the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and the debut of Cheeseburger Nachos in 2012. Opening today in Rittenhouse, Pure Tacos is the starkly decorated Ocean City Boardwalk transplant responsible for the latter.

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7. El Rey 2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

With El Rey, Stephen Starr continues to expand his Philadelphia restaurant empire -- he's already got Buddakan, El Vez, and Morimoto, among many others. Safe to say, this is another success. It's a Mexican restaurant with an interior that's modeled after the cantina in From Dusk Till Dawn, so it's got vintage movie posters, old instruments, and some prison art. Oh, and the food's not bad either, with a menu that offers meatballs in a spicy salsa, queso fundido, roasted red snapper, and more.