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Mapping the Great Philly Taco Boom of 2015

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Philadelphia is already a great taco city, from those parked on the sidewalk to the countless, indispensable taquerias of South Philly and beyond. But this year in particular, the situation looks poised to reach new heights, with a spate of new openings in and around the city embracing the tortilla trend — with takes ranging from traditional to global to vegan. Here now, a look at the year in tacos, including a few places already open and an overview of what's expected to arrive before the year is up.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Los Jimenez

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2654 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 773-8440
Vetri alum Justino Jimenez struck out on his own last month with this snug new taqueria at Sixth and Oregon. The specialty is al pastor, and the menu is focused and traditional, expanded and enlivened by chef's specials that yield pleasant surprises. (A recent special quesadilla came strewn with a bounty of ramps, for example.) [Photo: Los Jimenez/Facebook]

2. Buena Onda

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1901 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 302-3530
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New to the Art Museum area is this fast casual, Baja-inspired Jose Garces spot. Though its first official review was mixed at best, the early consensus is that the house-specialty fish tacos are worth a visit all on their own.

3. Tired Hands Fermentaria

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35 Cricket Terrace
Ardmore, PA 19003
(484) 314-3141
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You can try Tired Hands' excellent beers at an ever-increasing number of bars within the city, but a quick trip out to Ardmore to sample them in their native environment will yield a wealth of tacos at their newly opened second brewpub. The tacos here are globally inspired, with a few recognizably Mexican-inspired combinations as well as inventive variations like brisket, Swiss cheese, and caraway slaw or shrimp tacos promising "butter-poached tails, crispy heads, and uni crema." [Photo: Tired Hands/Facebook]

4. Los Camaradas

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918 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(218) 309-3727
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SoWe and the Strip Joint came and went in this spot, making way for new owners and a new Mexican concept with plenty of tequila and mezcal to go around. Among the menu options are a fat handful of taco varieties ranging from relatively simple (chorizo or chicken bear familiar toppings like onions, cilantro, and crema) to much less expected (think pork belly with a ginger-chile de Arbol glaze and carrot-cucumber slaw). [Photo; Los Camaradas/Facebook]

5. Dos Tacos

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120 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Former Tashan chef Sylva Senat is returning to the Philly scene with plans for a pair of new restaurants, the first of which is this taco shop expected to debut this summer. The snug space, now getting a makeover by Ambit Architecture, was most recently home to a satellite location of Thai-Malaysian restaurant Aqua.

6. JoséJosé

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133 South 18th St, Philadelphia
PA, 19103
Talk of another vegan offering from restaurateur Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie Was A Sinner) has been going on since last fall, though no firm details were verified. Recently, Michael Klein confirmed rumors that it will in fact be a vegan taqueria. Named JoséJosé, the restaurant is targeting a June opening. [The location, formerly Crumbs Bake Shop, shown a few doors down from sibling spot HipCityVeg. Photo: Naked Philly]

7. Tio Flores

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1600 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
In one of the spots recently made vacant by never-opened Calexico, the owners of Hawthornes Beer Cafe and the Cambridge are stepping in with a Mexican concept of their own. Expected to open by late summer, the new restaurant will feature tacos, queso fundido, and more. [Photo: Sandy Smith/PhillyLiving.com]

8. Revolution Taco

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2015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The owners of popular food trucks Taco Mondo, Street Food Philly, and Say Cheese are joining forces for a brick-and-mortar taqueria in Rittenhouse Square. Look forward to tacos, burritos, and more that aren't afraid to embrace fusion. [The restaurant is going in next to the Bards Irish pub. Photo: Google Street View]

9. Mercadito

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2116 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Philly outpost of Mercadito has been delayed long enough to raise eyebrows, and news of problems within the Chicago-based Mercadito Hospitality group last year and shuttered locations in New York haven't helped matters. Still, amongst murmurs of possible progress, a rep for the group says that although they are "playing catch-up at the moment," they're "expecting a late summer opening." At existing locations in Chicago and Vegas, the menu of the group's high-end Mexican flagship concept is anchored by a long list of tacos, from simple al pastor and Baja-style fish tacos to elaborate combinations based on lobster, pork belly, and more. [Mercadito is slated to take up residence in the ground floor of the luxury apartment building at 2116 Chestnut, completed over a year ago. Photo: Google Street View]

1. Los Jimenez

2654 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Vetri alum Justino Jimenez struck out on his own last month with this snug new taqueria at Sixth and Oregon. The specialty is al pastor, and the menu is focused and traditional, expanded and enlivened by chef's specials that yield pleasant surprises. (A recent special quesadilla came strewn with a bounty of ramps, for example.) [Photo: Los Jimenez/Facebook]
2654 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

2. Buena Onda

1901 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
New to the Art Museum area is this fast casual, Baja-inspired Jose Garces spot. Though its first official review was mixed at best, the early consensus is that the house-specialty fish tacos are worth a visit all on their own.
1901 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

3. Tired Hands Fermentaria

35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore, PA 19003
You can try Tired Hands' excellent beers at an ever-increasing number of bars within the city, but a quick trip out to Ardmore to sample them in their native environment will yield a wealth of tacos at their newly opened second brewpub. The tacos here are globally inspired, with a few recognizably Mexican-inspired combinations as well as inventive variations like brisket, Swiss cheese, and caraway slaw or shrimp tacos promising "butter-poached tails, crispy heads, and uni crema." [Photo: Tired Hands/Facebook]
35 Cricket Terrace
Ardmore, PA 19003

4. Los Camaradas

918 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
SoWe and the Strip Joint came and went in this spot, making way for new owners and a new Mexican concept with plenty of tequila and mezcal to go around. Among the menu options are a fat handful of taco varieties ranging from relatively simple (chorizo or chicken bear familiar toppings like onions, cilantro, and crema) to much less expected (think pork belly with a ginger-chile de Arbol glaze and carrot-cucumber slaw). [Photo; Los Camaradas/Facebook]
918 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

5. Dos Tacos

120 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Former Tashan chef Sylva Senat is returning to the Philly scene with plans for a pair of new restaurants, the first of which is this taco shop expected to debut this summer. The snug space, now getting a makeover by Ambit Architecture, was most recently home to a satellite location of Thai-Malaysian restaurant Aqua.
120 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. JoséJosé

133 South 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Talk of another vegan offering from restaurateur Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie Was A Sinner) has been going on since last fall, though no firm details were verified. Recently, Michael Klein confirmed rumors that it will in fact be a vegan taqueria. Named JoséJosé, the restaurant is targeting a June opening. [The location, formerly Crumbs Bake Shop, shown a few doors down from sibling spot HipCityVeg. Photo: Naked Philly]
133 South 18th St, Philadelphia
PA, 19103

7. Tio Flores

1600 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
In one of the spots recently made vacant by never-opened Calexico, the owners of Hawthornes Beer Cafe and the Cambridge are stepping in with a Mexican concept of their own. Expected to open by late summer, the new restaurant will feature tacos, queso fundido, and more. [Photo: Sandy Smith/PhillyLiving.com]
1600 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

8. Revolution Taco

2015 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The owners of popular food trucks Taco Mondo, Street Food Philly, and Say Cheese are joining forces for a brick-and-mortar taqueria in Rittenhouse Square. Look forward to tacos, burritos, and more that aren't afraid to embrace fusion. [The restaurant is going in next to the Bards Irish pub. Photo: Google Street View]
2015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Mercadito

2116 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Philly outpost of Mercadito has been delayed long enough to raise eyebrows, and news of problems within the Chicago-based Mercadito Hospitality group last year and shuttered locations in New York haven't helped matters. Still, amongst murmurs of possible progress, a rep for the group says that although they are "playing catch-up at the moment," they're "expecting a late summer opening." At existing locations in Chicago and Vegas, the menu of the group's high-end Mexican flagship concept is anchored by a long list of tacos, from simple al pastor and Baja-style fish tacos to elaborate combinations based on lobster, pork belly, and more. [Mercadito is slated to take up residence in the ground floor of the luxury apartment building at 2116 Chestnut, completed over a year ago. Photo: Google Street View]
2116 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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