The Mexican presence in South Philadelphia has extended far beyond restaurants and the taqueria revolution. Stores for authentic freshly made retail ingredients, too, have found their way into 9th Street storefronts, adding a taste of the Mercado Mexicano to the Italian Market. Here are a few highlights worth seeking. - Craig LaBan
It smells like a Mexican village when corn masa tortillas are rolling hot off the conveyor belt at this corner tortilleria. Not only are the paper-wrapped stacks incredibly cheap (just $2 for two pounds!) they are, without a doubt, the best fresh tortillas I've tasted anywhere in this region. The bags of fried chips, with house red or green salsa, are even more addictive.