philly foodspotting south philly taco crawl – april 2012

This past Sunday, 7 Foodspotters, including myself, braved the rain and participated in Philly Foodspotting’s longest crawl yet. The South Philly Taco Crawl that took place consisted of five stops in the following order: Tres Jalapeños, La Veracruzana, Taqueria Los Taquitos de Puebla, La Lupe, and El Jarocho.

Since there were 7 of us and 5 stops, we decided to order a couple tacos at each place and split them up so we could try a little bit of everything.

Throughout the evening, several different types of tacos were consumed from al pastor (marinated pork w/ pineapple) to carnitas (pork). Vegetarian friendly options like portabella and cheese tacos were also enjoyed. The most interesting ones that we got to try were the jalapeños rellenos de queso (stuffed jalapeños w/ cheese) from La Veracruzana and nopales con queso (cactus & cheese) from Taqueria Los Taquitos de Puebla. The tastiest tacos were the barbacoa lamb ones from El Jarocho. At the end, some of us even stopped by a nearby 7-Eleven…for a Choco Taco!

Thanks to all who came out despite the unpleasant weather, it surely was a great time!

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tapestry – tapestry burger

My first burger after Easter was supposed to be the Supper Burger, but I foolishly didn’t check to see if they were open on Mondays. Fortunately, Tapestry was open and they served a good burger.

The Tapestry Burger comes with an 8 oz. Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, and onions. I went without the lettuce and onion and added blue cheese, triple smoked bacon, and caramelized onions. It’s served on a toasted brioche bun with fries and a pickle. A side of ketchup and secret sauce (?) also came on the plate. I ordered it medium-rare and it came out closer to medium-well. Despite the higher temperature it was cooked to, it still tasted great and the burger was the perfect size for the bun, ensuring burger in every bite.

700 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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madison square garden: daily burger

Madison Square Garden has been undergoing major renovations within the past two years. It’s still a work in progress but a lot has changed. One of the changes includes several new dining options. In addition to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s (Jean Georges, ABC Kitchen) Simply Chicken and Andrew Carmellini’s (Locanda Verde) Sausage Boss, is Drew Nieporent’s (Nobu) Daily Burgers.

The Daily Burger is located on the 200 level concourse. The burgers are served on English muffins with optional American cheese and bacon-onion jam. The regular Daily Burger will run at $8.65 while the Daily Cheese Burger with the jam will cost you $9.95.

I was pretty excited to try these since most stadium burgers aren’t anything this ambitious. Also, my friend who came with me to the game said they were awesome. My expectations were high, but they were quickly exceeded. I was in shock when I noticed that the burger was cooked to a perfect medium-rare! They never asked me how I wanted it cooked, as the “assembly line” was cooking these burgers one after the other; we received our burgers within a minute or two after ordering. More importantly, this was one delicious burger.

The Daily Burger also has great non-typical stadium beers on tap. They have local favorites Brooklyn Lager, Sixpoint Sweet Action, and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger on tap!

The burger may have cost $9.95, but for a tasty stadium burger with perfect execution, I’ll pay that $9.95 every time I come up here.

Let’s go Rangers!

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

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lil dan’s food truck – the godfather

I heard about The Godfather from Lil Dan’s Food Truck when it earned a spot on Eater Philly’s Sandwich Supremacy bracket. Unfortunately, while that was going on, I was a temporary vegetarian. Earlier this week, I finally got a chance to try The Godfather.

The Godfather is a breaded chicken cutlet sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mayo, aged provolone, and bacon on a Liscio’s Italian roll. The ingredients are simple, nothing crazy, but it makes for one delicious sandwich. The chicken was sliced thin and perfectly fried crispy. My only dislike was the large pieces of raw onion used in the sandwich. It gave it a little too much of a spicy zing.

Lil Dan’s Food Truck
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Philadelphia, PA

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local 44 – buffalo tofu hoagie

Lent is over and I’m back to not having any dietary restrictions, so it may be shocking that my first post after Lent is about another meatless dish I consumed. The buffalo tofu hoagie at Local 44 in West Philly was one of the tastiest things I had during my fast.

The buffalo tofu hoagie is a vegan take on a buffalo chicken sandwich. It’s made up of chicken fried tofu, brown sugar chipotle glaze, celery remoulade, and green onions. The fried tofu had a crisp, glazed outside, with a soft interior while the remoulade imitated blue cheese quite well, as the texture was similar. It was served on a fresh roll and accompanied with a generous amount of delicious fries.

Local 44 has a great tap list as well as other carnivorous food if vegan/vegetarian fare isn’t a draw for you. Definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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