Tacos on 18th?
As I passed the little deli at 18th and Spruce (maybe Savoy Deli?), I noticed it was all redone inside and had a big poster outside saying "Mexican tacos tamales Saturdays only." Sounds like it's worth a try, since all the other taco places are in South Philly. If anyone goes, please report back. Thank you.
They have two kinds: tamales verdes and tamales de rajas--the latter ("slices") are poblanos and onions, best I can tell...she didn't know how to translate exactly. Both have chicken. I thought both were really mild, and the masa too soft for my taste. But not bad for a neighborhood tamale. Didn't try the tacos. La Lupe has better tamales for half the price, but they are further away for me.
OK, it was a nice Saturday afternoon so I got a Tamale on the way to Rittenhouse Square. Verdict: Nice spicy chile flavor, a little light on the filling (no discernible chunks of meat) compared to the masa, price was $2.50. Not the best Philly has to offer but not a bad choice for munching in the park.