El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant's neon-green and bright-red sign is merely an appetizer for the feast of colors within. Red- and orange-striped booths, sky-blue chairs, textured sunflower walls, and tabletops painted with smiling suns, blossoming tulips, and fruit dominate the space. This festive atmosphere sets an ideal scene for enjoying carne asada, chicken enchiladas, tacos filled with pork and beans, and churros. El Tapatio?whose name refers to a Guadalajara native?also mixes up delicious margaritas, which were dubbed the Best Margaritas by Delaware Today in 2008.
Even though he was just four years old when his family emigrated from Puebla, Mexico to the United States, Alfredo Aquilar prepares Mexican food as though he’d lived his whole life there. Under his supervision, chefs at Las Cazuelas prepare authentic dishes such as nopalitos salad—sliced cactus marinated overnight and mixed with cilantro and tomatoes. Abuelitas pollo, whose name means “little grandmother’s chicken” in tribute to its inventor, Alfredo’s own grandmother, is a boneless chicken breast topped with a guajillo pepper sauce. In the kitchen, shrimp snap against hot skillets near pots of slowly roiling chipotle sauce. To wash down steaming feasts, customers tote in bottles of wine or bring along tequila to add to complimentary pitchers of nonalcoholic margarita mix served Sunday–Thursday.
Inside the dining area, blue shutters frame murals of South American cathedrals, rolling countrysides, and maps of Mexico. An outdoor patio offers people-watching opportunities, and the second-floor balcony lets you look people in the eye when telling them you know they are actually a bunch of children stacked up under a big coat.
For tasty Mexican fare, Philadelphia's Mexican Post is hard to top. Mexican Post is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right. Gather the whole family for a trip to Mexican Post — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Mexican Post has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Mexican Post's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Mexican Post for catering. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Mexican Post's Chestnut St residence.
Menu items at Mexican Post tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
At Machismo Burito Bar — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Machismo Burito Bar with its kid-friendly fare. Wifi is on the house at Machismo Burito Bar, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. Big parties won't feel squeezed in at Machismo Burito Bar, which offers great seating for large groups. At Machismo Burito Bar, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Folks tend to dress down at Machismo Burito Bar, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. If you need to feed a big crowd, Machismo Burito Bar also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Machismo Burito Bar patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Main St location.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
Your next meal awaits at Mission Grill in Philadelphia. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. For your next big bash, consider hosting at Mission Grill, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot. Mission Grill offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Mission Grill is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Throwing a big party? Count on Mission Grill to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Prices at Mission Grill are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
The Adobe Cafe's chefs find a way to accommodate nearly every diner without sacrificing the piquant flavors and aromas attributed to southwestern cuisine. They skillet-sear filet mignon and marinate chicken breasts and duck before tossing the seasoned meat with black beans, sautéed green peppers, and white onions for fajitas. But they also alter their traditional Mexican-inspired fare by substituting ground beef, chorizo, flank steak, and carnitas with seitan and tofu for vegetarians or meat eaters' pet goats. The chefs' use of ranchero sauce, roasted peppers, jerk seasoning, and even barbecue has earned the eatery a number of awards; The Adobe Cafe was recently named Best Southwestern Restaurant in Philadelphia by LocalEats.