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Jun 19, 2009 04:49 PM

Tacquerias - Italian Market

It appears that Philly has a bunch of really good Taquerias, esp. around the Italian Market. I'm thinking that it might be interesting to try a dish at one place, then another at another, and so on. Of course, my eyes are always bigger than my stomach and I don't know how much I'd actually be able to eat, any case. What would be the best taquerias in the Market and what are your favorite dishes there?


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  1. I love the Taqueria Veracruzana at 9th & Washington. All the tacos are great and usually what I order, but there's a dish called choriqueso wih steak, chorizo and cactus that's really good. I've tried a few other places, but this is still my favorite.

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    1. re: LisaPA

      Lisa, thanks! Chorizo and catus? That sounds interesting - I've never had cactus before. Sounds like something I need to try!

    2. Los Taquitos de Puebla, which I discovered recently, has a whole section of "grisly bits". I had the lengua and the mixed cow's head tacos. My friend got a sandwich as big as her head. They also have wonderful horchata. In fact, now I'm salivating so I may go there tonight!

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        1. re: Bigley9

          I tried, but they were out! Next time...

            1. re: Betsypaige

              No, they are beans with various pork bits

              1. re: Bigley9

                Yumm, thanks! I will make a point to try those, then

          1. re: berbadeerface

            tacos al pastor at Los Taquitos de Puebla are killer!

            1. re: LPhila

              Yes they are! Somehow I forgot I got one of them as well!

            2. re: berbadeerface

              I think I'll avoid that section, lol.........I love horchata, though. Thanks for the tip! If you go, I'd love to hear what you had (unless it's the lengua and cow's head......)

              1. re: Betsypaige

                I decided against going tonight, because I'm having a big Ethiopian meal tomorrow night so I went with a light dinner tonight! I suggest you try it though, offal or not...

                1. re: Betsypaige

                  I went tonight. My girlfriend and I shared the cowboy beans, a beef and chorizo sandwich with avocado, and a huitlacoche quesadilla. All were huge, fantastic and perfectly washed down with horchata. Bill came to $25. Go!

                  1. re: berbadeerface

                    Yum! I'm going to go on the Saturday that I'm in town, when I check out the Italian Market. In fact, that beef/chorizo sandwich sounds fantastic - maybe I'll have that myself. Everything sounds so good.....

                    1. re: Betsypaige

                      Great...let us know what you think! Here is the menu so you can get planning...

                      1. re: berbadeerface

                        wow, what a terrific menu. - thanks for posting! My mouth is watering already, lol

              2. la lupe. any platter, any taco (except the al pastor aren't always it), any anything. :) but the service is soooo slow. am not a huge fan of el jarocho, though a lot of people like it there.

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                1. re: mazza3

                  Thanks - will add this to my list!

                2. Plaza Girabaldi on Washington (between 9th and 10th) is my favorite.

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                  1. re: micreynolds

                    Yet another one to add to my list, lol - thanks!