Glen Macnow is a former writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and was recognized in 1993 as “The Best Sportswriter in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine. He has written three top-selling Philadelphia sports books during his time on WIP, co-authoring The Great Philadelphia Fan Book with Anthony Gargano, he co-authored The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate with Angelo Cataldi and he co-authored The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists with Big Daddy Graham.
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Clash Of The Tacos Scores (x/100):
- La Rancherita – 83
- Cantina Laredo – 71
- XOLO Tacos – 93
- Tlaxkalli Mexican Tortilleria & Taqueria – 80
- Mission Taqueria – 84
- District Taco – 59
- La Pena Mexicana Taqueria – 95
- Taqueria Feliz – 76
- Michoacana Grill – 84
- Tequilas – 93
- El Comalito Mexican Taqueria – 81
- Mole Pablano – 89
- Taco Mar – 60
- Taqueria La Veracruzana – 71
- Teresa’s Next Door – 90
- Los Taquitos De Puebla – 68
- El Vez – 91
- Jaco Taco – 74
- South Philly Barbacoa – 95
Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the three best tacos in America.
Finally, we tried the vegetarian Baco Taco (which earned a ‘star’ on the menu as the restaurant’s own favorite).
The shrimp were large, slightly spicy and still steaming when they arrived at our table on homemade (!) corn tortillas.
Looking at the menu, I felt like I should be sitting next to Andrew Zimmern on “Bizarre Foods.”
My favorite, actually, was Teresa’s take on Carnitas, a standard taco of braised pork, onion, salsa verde and cilantro.
The Camarron (shrimp) Tacos were three for $10.
The Chicken Taco was the best choice, with the breast meat cut right off a chicken spinning on a rotisserie.
We also enjoyed the Pastor, a tender citrusy pork taco with diced onion and bits of pineapple.
Thumbs up to the Tinga-Tinga Taco (pulled chicken in a chipotle-tomato sauce) and the Al Pastor (pork with diced pineapple).
There are six varieties, and you can mix-and-match to serve your mood.
Three tilapia tacos for $10.95.
They’ve got 10 varieties of tacos on the menu, including sesame tuna, cauliflower and blackened salmon.
Tacos are just $2.25 each, so you can wind up with a delicious, satisfying meal for less than $10.
For $3, the menu offered Al Pastor — carved rotisserie pork, marinated with Guajillo chili and served with chopped pineapple.
The Fried Mahi Mahi (three for $15) with jalapeno mayo and pickled cabbage was among the yummiest I’ve had so far in the food hunt.
We enjoyed the Tinga, which is diced chicken in a chipotle sauce.
Don’t be surprised if it ends up in my “Clash of the Tacos” finals in May.
The Barbacoas featured certified Angus beef, which was tasty, but tougher than expected.
Our favorite was the bistec con napales (steak with cactus).
Glen Macnow searches for the Delaware Valley’s best tacos.
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