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Dec 15, 2012 02:44 PM

Sunday Mexican specials?

I remember reading about some South Philly Mexican restaurants serving amazing specials on Sundays (or maybe weekends) of interesting, authentic dishes. I just searched the board and couldn't find a mention of them besides Los Amigos Meat Market, which I get the impression is not sit-down.

I'm looking for someplace to take 8 people for a foodie's birthday tomorrow (Sunday). Some will want more standard fare, some will want the interesting stuff. We need to sit down, but it doesn't need to be fancy; in fact, cheap would be good for some of our guests, as long as the food is excellent for all. The Sunday Mexican specials would serve very nicely.

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. This City Paper article discusses many Sunday barbacoa specials at the South Philly Mexican restaurants.

    3 Replies
    1. re: barryg

      Thank you! Barbacoa was the keyword I was looking for. I'm going to search around and see what is recommended, but I'm open any suggestions regarding the best barbacoa in Philly.

      Edit: Wow, to my surprise there are no barbacoa threads on the Philly Chow board! So let's do this now: What is the best barbacoa? So far I see Los Amigos Meat Market (is that sit-down?) and Acapulco mentioned ...

      1. re: guanxi

        I think the place that replaced Acapulco (which had a good barbacoa special) still does barbacoa on sundays - they kept the menus from Acapulco and it's on the menu.
        Moctezuma does specials on weekends but I don't think they do barbacoa - Sunday might be carnitas day there and they always seem to have a smoked pork chop special that is tasty. Their gorditas, sopes, and especially tortas are good too. (BUT I think I might be wrong, my wife says they might have barbacoa on Sundays)
        Acapulco did chiles en nogada as a special during past christmas seasons but I haven't been to see if they're doing it this year since the name changed.

        1. re: caganer

          Thanks caganger. What happened to Acapulco? New management? New chef/name/concept?

          Right now we have a fall-back reservation at Alla Spina. I think I'm going to forgo the barbacoa for the guest of honor's birthday unless I can find something that is reliably great (like Vetri).

          Maybe we'll make Sunday barbacoa day going forward and try out some of these places ...

          Thanks again