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June 03, 2015

Your guide to South Philly Tacos

Eight must-try taquerias

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Below are eight must-try South Philly taquerias.

Tacos are right up there with other beloved Philly eats, like the cheesesteak, roast pork or Federal Donut. 

Taco Tuesday is a regular event at local bars and restaurants, as Philadelphians can't get enough of that tortilla-wrapped goodness.

No two South Philly tacos are the same. Below are eight must-try South Philly taquerias.

Los Gallos951 Wolf St.

Tacos at Los Gallos (Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria/Facebook)

Named after the street that owner Luz Jimenez grew up on in Puebla, Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria is known for its authentic and fresh food. The rooster, or gallo in Spanish, is seen throughout the restaurant. Los Gallos specializes in tacos, with options from tacos with black corn mushrooms to deep fried pork to fried tripe. The restaurant is BYOB.

El Jarocho - 1138 S. 13th St.

El Jarocho (Hermanto Widjaja/Facebook)

El Jarocho is a small, hole-in-the-wall spot in South Philly with some big flavors. The menu includes tortas and cemitas (Mexican sandwiches), as well as an array of tacos, burritos and enchiladas. There are also several seafood options, such as tilapia with garlic and chipotle style shrimp.

Los Taquitos de Puebla - 1149 S. 9th St.


Tacos al Pastor at Los Taquitos de Puebla (Los Taquitos de Puebla/Facebook)

Los Taquitos de Puebla’s menu includes typical authentic dishes like cemitas, flor de calabaza and corn smut quesadillas, mole poblano and more. The restaurant has been praised for its tacos al Pastor and melted chihuahua cheese

Cafe Ynez2025 Washington Ave.

Cochinita Pibil tacos at Cafe Ynez (Cafe Ynez/Facebook)

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cafe Ynez's menu boasts numerous options, from Mexican pastries and breakfast nachos to cemitas and rotisserie chicken. Mondays are "Fiesta Familiar," or family fun night, where you can get a free kid's meal (cheese quesadilla & rice) with an adult's $10 purchase. This BYOB offers dine-in, take-out and delivery.

Tres Jalapeños 901 S. 8th St.


Crispy tacos at Tres Jalapeños (Tres Jalapeños/Facebook)

Tres Jalapeños offers specials every day of the week. Enjoy Taco Tuesdays with unlimited tacos for $18.45, or indulge in buy one, get one Margarita Mondays. Now with its full bar, the restaurant offers everyday drink specials. Tres Jalapeños specializes in a mix of authentic and Tex/Mex cuisine.

Cantina Los Caballitos1651 E. Passyunk Ave.

Braised seitan tacos with pineapple salsa at Cantina Los Caballitos (Cantina Los Caballitos/Facebook)

Cantina Los Caballitos is a popular restaurant and bar on East Passyunk Ave. that offers a variety of Mexican fare. Customers can also choose from a comprehensive selection of margaritas and mojitos. Now is the time of year to take advantage of Cantina's outdoor seating. Its sister restaurant, Dos Segundos Cantina, is open now in Northern Liberties.

Mole Poblano1144 9th St.


A dish at Mole Poblano (Mole Poblano/Facebook)

Mole Poblano is known for its early morning, weekend tamales and signature mole. The spot offers 10 different taco options, including beef, Mexican sausage and spicy pork, as well as an assortment of other authentic Mexican dishes. This traditional taqueria is BYOB.

Tortilleria San Roman - 951 S. 9th St.


Tortillas and chips at Tortilleria San Roman (Tortilleria San Roman/Facebook)

Tortilleria San Roman boasts traditional tortillas and salsa made using home recipes. Tortillas are made fresh daily. Pick up some tortillas and salsa for a build-your-own taco night at home.

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