Where to Sit: Pull up a chair in the colorful dining room, which is decorated to look like a stucco courtyard. Even the light fixtures are painted with crescent moons.
Inside Tip: Be sure to ask if El Metate is serving chicken mole that day. Even though it’s not a mainstay on the menu, this special has won plenty of awards and fans.
Dutch Crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor.
Mole: there are many regional varieties of this rich sauce, but chilies, spices, and mexican chocolate are the most common ingredients. It’s typically served atop poultry or pork.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse new and used books in English and Spanish at Alley Cat Books (3036 24th Street).
After: Sip some bourbon while playing pinball at Blind Cat (3050 24th Street).
Texadelphia takes the cheesesteak and makes it the way only Texas can—overflowing with hearty meats and served with a side of tortilla chips and salsa. These 100% Angus beef sandwiches come slathered in a variety of toppings, including grilled onions, jalapeños, and cherry peppers, and rest on artisan-baked bread. Try a Founder's Favorite cheesesteak with mozzarella and mushrooms or turn to poultry with The Left Coast, which comes topped with chicken, grilled onions, and guacamole. Items of non-Philly origin also dot the menu, including a grilled-chicken sandwich, smoked turkey and guacamole salad, and a bacon-cheddar burger served with hickory sauce.