Food & Drink

The 10 Best Taco Shops in Philadelphia

Published On 05/20/2015 Published On 05/20/2015
Sancho Pistola's
Los Taquitos de Puebla
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Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria
Loco Pez
Hermanto Widjaja
El Vez Restaurant
La Calaca Feliz
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1. Sancho Pistola's 19 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Fishtown)

Firing up tacos like spicy tuna with guac and red onions, plus mains like Red Tail Bass with tempura-battered pickled red cabbage, chipotle aioli & cilantro, this Mexican eatery won't let you go thirsty, with 10 beers on tap and a whole mess of tequilas and mescals.

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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. Honest Tom's Taco Shop 261 S 44th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

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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4. Los Gallos 951 Wolf St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

If you are looking for Asian-fusion tacos or taco shells made from nacho cheese chips, head somewhere else. At Los Gallos, you’re getting straight, authentic Mexican food at cheap prices -- but that food is really good. We’re fans of its pescado (fish) tacos made with tilapia, or any of its selection of rancheros tacos, featuring your standard asados (grilled) options. Or go bold and order one of its tripe or beef tongue tacos.

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5. Loco Pez 2401 E Norris Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

Loco's a blessedly Tex-Mex neighborhood dive set up in the former old-man Crazy Fish Saloon, keeping the fish tank but adding ornamental Pez dispensers and Julio Iglesias portraits to admire while you take down refried beans-/ crema-topped hot dogs, fish tacos, margaritas, and micheladas, plus six taps including Dos Equis, Victory Prima Pils, and Lionshead, also what occurs after the cameras stopped rolling on that YouTube video with him hugging the dudes who raised him.

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6. El Jarocho 1138 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

South Philly’s El Jarocho touches all the marks for a quality taqueria (including the occasional telenovela on TV). Prices are reasonable and the food is great, especially its chorizo tacos. Nothing to complain about here. A can’t miss on the menu are the cemitas -- a meat and vegetable sandwich served on a seeded Pueblan roll.

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7. El Vez 121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

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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8. La Calaca Feliz 2321 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

If you’re tired of the standard, homestyle taqueria fare and are looking for something more inventive, head to Fairmount’s Las Calaca Feliz. The menu, from former Garces chef Timothy Spinner, focuses on contemporary Mexican food with choices like plantain crusted tilapia tacos and soy chili glazed pork tacos.

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9. Tacos Don Memo 3800 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Catering to college students and professionals, the Don Memo food is a West Philly favorite for the local lunch crowd. There’s always a line -- technically a good thing -- and for $7 you can have your choice of asada (steak), pollo (chicken), pastor, or carnitas tacos. Cheaper and more authentic than your lunch would be if your ordered from a burrito chain.