Above: lobster taco at Sancho Pistola’s
Are tacos the new burgers? Long a standard on the West Coast and in Texas, the tasty tortillas are making serious inroads in Northeast food culture. Visit any bar with a solid menu in Philadelphia and chances are you’ll find tacos on the menu (for example: the short-rib tacos at City Tap House Logan). Recent additions to the scene have included taco-centric Cafe Ynez, Taqueria Feliz and Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and just last month former Graduate Hospital steak spot The Strip Joint was reborn as Mexican-forward Los Camaradas. For more proof of the trend, here are four new taquerias coming soon to Philly.
While the focus was on The Olde Bar, Jose Garces has been quietly prepping his next Philadelphia restaurant, as pointed out by The Insider. With a tagline of “Fresh Fish Tacos,” the new spot is going into the Granary building on Callowhill right by Pizzeria Vetri. Hiring has already begun, as have renovations to the space, which will also have a bar. UPDATE: Opening is set for Monday, March 16.
Pending zoning approval, Carolyn Nguyen and Mike Sultan of the Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo food trucks are going brick-and-mortar with this high-end taco and burrito fast-casual at 2015 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse. Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese is a business partner in the venture, which will serve tortillas wrapped around elevated ingredients at affordable prices to around 30 seats. Target launch date is late spring.
It’s been way more than a year since this NYC-based taqueria chain announced plans to land on South Street West (at 1600 South Street), and only slightly less since a second outpost in Fishtown was also rumored. We haven’t heard back from the corporate office recently when we asked about developments, but we did hear from another source that the Philly locations are still very much in the plans.
Though she hasn’t confirmed any of the rumors, published by both The Insider and Al Dia, the successful proprietor of both HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner hasn’t denied them, either. Word is Marquis is planning a vegan taqueria in the Rittenhouse area that also has a bar dedicated to tequila and mezcal. Bring on the plant-based fun.