Chef Cristina Martinez started this barbacoa operation out of a Philadelphia apartment before making what would become one of the most popular pop-ups in town and, later, a permanent fixture in the neighborhood. The star of this eatery is its namesake: the slow-cooked lamb barbacoa that Martinez grew up preparing in her native Mexico. The signature dish often sells out and lines of customers queue up for tacos, consommé, tamales, and other traditional Mexican dishes as well, so get there early.
The James Beard nominated chef Cristina Martinez made a name for herself not only as one of the premiere chefs in the city (with probably the best tacos in town) but as an immigrants’ rights activist. South Philly Barbacoa’s signature slow-cooked lamb usually sells out early, so make it a weekend morning routine to head down to the Italian Market to get your fill.
How to support: Order at the restaurant