August 31, 2016 |
ON JULY 13, Sean Lennon sat in a suite at Las Vegas' Mirage Hotel & Casino with his mother, Yoko Ono. Several suites away were Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison. They were united for the 10th anniversary of Love, Cirque du Soleil's tribute to the Fab Four. The young Lennon, 40, is never wearied by the rush of Beatles' events that his life is and will always be. "Being able to support my mother - a cool mom at that - is something I'm lucky to do. There is only us to claim this legacy," Lennon said.
April 8, 2016
David Suro-Piñera has seen regulars at Tequila's who, for 30 years, have ordered the same thing each time they come to his elegant Locust Street restaurant. That explains why the tortilla soup, mole poblano, and cochinita pibil are still among the authentic classics that anchor the menu. But if you graze some of chef Claudio Soto's creative specials, you'll discover Tequila's kitchen has been evolving, too, keeping pace with the contemporary ideas that have appeared in some of Philly's more recent Nuevo Mex entrees.
February 13, 2016 |
Sunoco is dishing up a new way for customers to refuel at its convenience stores: Tacos. Up to now, it's been best known for its gasoline, but on Friday, the retail fuel marketer is marking the grand opening of its first Laredo Taco Co. outlet at an APlus store in Greensburg, in Western Pennsylvania. The first Philadelphia-area taco store is set to open next month in Chester County. This venture into fresh, made-to-order food - while not novel in convenience-store circles - is new territory for Sunoco, whose mainstay business has been motor-fuel sales.
January 14, 2016 |
I had come for the smoked mushroom tacos because, well, it had been a vegan kind of week. But then there was duck. And knowing the kind of talent chefs Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen have displayed for the unconventional at their Taco Mondo food truck, it made sense to indulge that instinct in my first visit to Revolution Taco, the brick-and-mortar shop they just launched near Rittenhouse Square with fellow food trucker Alan Krawitz of...
July 31, 2015 |
A notable month Luis Lorenzo and Nora Portugal, who started with one Nora's taco cart at 38th and Spruce Streets on the University of Pennsylvania campus and recently added a second one nearby, have gone the brick-and-mortar route. Earlier this month, they not only opened Nora's at 248 South St. (267-758-2413) but had a baby. Days after delivering little Nora, Portugal was working again. Lorenzo, who is from Mexico, has front-of-the-house experience at Capital Grille and Buddakan; Portugal is Peruvian and has been cooking Latin as a caterer.
June 19, 2015
The truck: Sure, everyone's making tacos these days. But there's a simple reason for that: Tacos taste good. We could eat them, say, three or four days a week. Maybe more. And Dos Hermanos Tacos does tacos well. Recommend: We really liked the Al Pastor (marinated pineapple pork) tacos with chopped onions, cilantro, radish and a slice of lime on a corn tortilla. Go with the hot sauce. Three of these ($7) with a side of rice or beans ($2.50) and you've got a good lunch. But there are other options.
July 11, 2014
The deal: It's dangerous to food-shop on an empty stomach, especially at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, a massive store full of pricey temptations. As a precaution, we walked upstairs to the rooftop taco truck for a pre-shop snack. The menu: Go with one of the beef, pork, fish, chicken or vegan soft taco options ($2.50 each or three for $7.50) or build your own taco, burrito, rice bowl, tostada, nachos or taco salad ($7.50). Some extras, like queso fresco or fajita veggies, are free; some, like arroz con frijoles or guacamole, cost extra.
December 13, 2013
What to eat: We asked co-owner Mike Sultan what's good. "Everything," he replied. Not wanting to take his word for it, we ordered a sampling of most of that day's menu. Turns out, Sultan was right. From the smoked pork carnitas with pickled vegetables and serrano aioli to the adobo-spiced carne asada beef torta with fried egg, cheese, red salsa and spicy creme, Taco Mondo instantly became one of our favorite food trucks in Philly. Don't miss: Crispy brisket tacos with house-made barbecue sauce (13 ingredients)
November 8, 2013 |
Is there such a thing as too many tacos? Twenty years ago, there was nary an authentic tortilla to be found in this city. Ten years ago, we got our first taste of the real deal with the expansion of the local Mexican population and mom-and-pop shops in South Philadelphia. In 2013, the new school has arrived: three taquerias (Shifty's Taco, Taqueria Feliz, Union Taco) opening in a span of six months, with at least one more (Calexico) slated before the end of the year. We could blame Roy Choi.