Xochitl
Verdad
Mad Mex
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1. Distrito 3945 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

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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2. Xochitl 408 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

A casual Mextaurant, Xochitl's rockin' a menu of dishes affordable eats, including queso fundido w/ Chihuahua cheese, mushrooms, pickled red onions & shishito peppers, and beer-braised pork cheek tacos w/ walnut mole.

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3. Verdad 818 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (Main Line)

Serial restaurateur Howard Taylor's teamed up with CIA alum Nick Farina to open a Euro-Latin tapas restaurant & tequila bar, occupying a seductively dimmed 85-seater with soft drapery and wrought iron dividers separating front and rear dining rooms from the central bar area and its smattering of banquettes covered in leopard print. Stop in for their weekly brunch offerings as well.

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4. Las Bugambillias 148 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

They pride themselves on their mole, so it's a must-try, but don't hold back from hogging as much of your table's salsa and guac as possible at this Mexican eatery. Buying a pitcher of their famous margs for your tablemates will probably make up for it.

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5. Mad Mex 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Relive college days at this haunt with a Big Azz margarita -- brain freeze impending -- a red velvet quesadilla (that's sadly, doesn't come with frosting), and wings.

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