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Taqueria La Veracruzana
Posted by open your eyes and mouth on 05/28/2009
Every time I come into this place and see people getting the tacos and burritos and going out of their minds over how great they are, I can't help but softly whisper "suckerrrrrs!!". Don't get me wrong, they're tasty, but what you should be eating here are the main entrees, like the alambre, steak with cactus, shrimp in tequila sauce, seafood stew... they will truly rock your tastebuds. They're a little more expensive, but two people could share one of those alone, I make two meals out of them. I used to go to Morning Glory and Sabrina's for breakfast, but when the lines grew too long, I turned to Taqueria Veracruzana and discovered awesomeness. The breakfast items are all in the $6 or $7 range and includes free chips, salsa, and warm tortillas. My personal fav is the huevos pobalnos- a medley of poblano peppers, onion, and fresh corn topped with eggs and cream and oxaca cheese with a creamy tomato sauce drizzled all over it. There's so much food, I usually only need to eat more meal, much, much later in the day. I've been going there for about two years now and have resisted spreading the word about them.. but I don't want them to go out of business. People, don't get the burritos and tacos, they're not nearly as good as everything else. You won't regret it. NOTE: This is not "el vez" or some other scene/hipster place, it is not romantic or pretentious, also be prepared, there are, *gasp* dare I say it, real live Hispanics who frequent the joint. There are some waitresses who speak English better than others, but you can leave your Spanish-English dictionaries at home, they can all take your order. This may not be the place for you if are uncomfortable with people who speak languages other than English.
Posted by PoppaDoc on 04/01/2009
Everyone else is spot on with their reviews, this place is a fantastic value as the food is delicious, authentic, and cheap. You can eat here for less then ten buck, I do on a regular basis. Far and away the best Mexican I've found here in Philly, especially when one factors in the price. The lights are bright, and that's the only "bad" thing I can say about the place, not even really something that factors into where I get my eat on.. ;)
Posted by marim on 01/17/2009
Authentic Mexican, as far as this gringo can tell. Cooked for you right there as you watch. The neon lights are something else, so we usually order food to go. I have eaten in the "dining room" (picture a more cafeteria/fast food style setting) however, and it was doable and BYOB so pack some margarita makings. They're happy to make substitutions - I ask for refried beans to replace meat in the enchiladas. Food is always quickly prepared.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2008
I've taken out at least 50 Chicken or Chorizo burritos from this place. The chicken is a little too mild for my taste but still delicious, while the chorizo is moderately spicy and about perfect. I don't recommend the steak. The veggie is acceptable and a little cheaper as well. The tacos are ok, but don't waste your opportunity to get a bangin burrito. Bring along a pair of sunglasses, because the beaming white flourescent lighting might hurt your eyes. You can't say it's not a genuine Mexican spot though. Despite the awful lighting, I still highly recommend this place. Since eating in isn't much of an experience, call in a delivery or do take out. The burritos are thick, tasty, and spicy. Go there.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/12/2008
I don't live in the city, yet make frequent trips to the italian market simply to have a meal at this place. The food is fantastic: it takes mere minutes to arrive at your table, yet because you can see into the incredibly tiny kitchen you know that everything is fresh and made to order. It's super cheap and delicious, and I've never finished more than half of my plate without needing a second stomach. Don't go expecting a great restaurant though. The place can only hold probably less than ten four-top tables, and there is generally only one or two servers there so your glass may not always be full. Great place for lunch as it's incredibly quick and you can be stuffed to the brim for less than ten bucks.
Posted by cheesesteak the impaler on 02/04/2007
Atmosphere was bustling and the crowd consisted of all sorts. The food, both our taco orders and the chips and salsas (two varieties -- a green cilantro one, that may've actually been a guac, not sure, and a darker orange brown sauce that had a sweet slow heat kick to it) that came out while we waited, were excellent. The amount they put in the three tortilla sets (they double the tortillas on each taco, I'm guessing to reinforce the whole thing since they're filled to the bursting point) is the best taco value I've seen in Philly. My only misgiving was beverage service. Our beverages should have been brought out before our taco orders. The salsas were excellent, but had some substantial heat, plus eating chips and salsa makes you want to sip something anyway, and there's no water served from what I could see. Also, at least to my taste, one milkshake alone didn't "cover" the heat from my whole meal; but there was never a chance for me to put in an order for a second shake and I left my lunch wanting something to drink. I would've appreciated the server coming by to see if I wanted another shake or soft drink. Either that, or I'd definitely be willing to pay the extra buck or so to have a larger milkshake on the menu. I'll grant that it was a bustling Saturday lunch hour, so the two servers working the entire room may've been overwhelmed and that may just be the price of grabbing a weekend lunch at a peak hour in a very popular place. That mild criticism takes a far back seat though to the best tacos I've had in Philly. I've been going to the taquerias around the 9th street market for over a year now, and have no idea why I haven't gone to this place yet. Definitely coming back, and if the drink service improves, will most likely be adding this to my regular haunts.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/27/2007
Taqueria Veracruzana is the best Mexican restaurant I've eaten at in Philadelphia. When my friends say they're going there, I drop everything and run along with them. Their tacos al pastor are wonderful, as is the Cuban sandwich, everything comes with tortilla chips and a trio of salsas. Don't be put off by the unpreposessing decor, the food is awesome.