Philadelphia is home to excellent taco shops, and South Philadelphia in particular is a hotbed for delicious Mexican fare. Check out some of our top spots around town to grab delicious tacos.
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TRY THIS: Fish tacos
Everything about Los Gallos is authentic Mexican—generous servings, fresh ingredients, friendly service, and cheap prices. There’s no Asian-fusion tacos or American attempts at south-of-the-border fare, just colorful flags and good tortillas. Check out the fish tacos that are made with perfectly seasoned and fresh tilapia, or enjoy a variety of grilled or roasted meats. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the tripe or beef tongue tacos.
951 Wolf Street
LOS TAQUITOS DE PUEBLA
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TRY THIS: Tacos al Pastor
Small tacos reign at Los Taquitos de Puebla. A long list of regional style offer favorites like grilled smoked pork chop, steak with Chihuahua cheese, and al pastor. The al pastor, complete with a crispy, sweet, and spicy flavor combination, is our recommendation for this spot. Grab three of these pork delicacies for only $6, and bring your own wine or beer to enjoy with your meal.
Los Taquitos de Puebla
1149 S. 9th Street
HONEST TOM’S TACO SHOP
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TRY THIS: Breakfast taco (or burrito)
This food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar was made popular by its breakfast tacos. This staple item comes stacked with eggs, seasoned home fries, pico de gallo, guacamole, and cheese. If you’re looking for some lunch options, try the chicken tacos (well-marinated, tender chicken with guac and salsa) or the sweet potato tacos (grilled chunks of sweet potato). Don’t forget to check out their in-house sauces, too.
Honest Tom’s Taco Shop
261 S. 44th Street
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TRY THIS: Cochinita pibil tacos
Highlighted as one of our favorite spots in Fishtown, this neighborhood taqueria serves up small tacos at $3 each. This cash-only taco joint has a dive bar, retro vibe, and the tacos are no-frills and flavorful. We recommend the heat-packed cochinita pibil—slow roasted pork with pickled radish, habanero, and onion. The drinks are cheap too, so be sure to indulge in some $4 cervezas or choose from over 30 varieties of tequila.
2401 E. Norris Street
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TRY THIS: Crispy Mahi Mahi tacos
If you’re looking for more of an upscale experience, El Vez in Midtown Village is the place to go. Headed by restaurateur Stephen Starr, the plates are more expensive than a local taqueria, but they deliver on flavor and creativity. Past taco specials have featured rubbed lamb with roasted fennel, duck mole over roasted yams and cherrie, and cauliflower with chile de arbol, cheddar, and capers. A regular staple, the mahi mahi tacos are served with red cabbage, avocado, and a chipotle pepper remoulade that offers a layer of heat.
121 S. 13th Street