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Philadelphia Restaurant Guide: Where to Eat the Best Latin Food in Philly 

 
Philadelphia's food star has been rising steadily for several years, thanks largely to its restaurants' numerous James Beard Award nominations and extensive media recognition. (In 2016, two of its restaurants landed on Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants list.) 
 
As for Latin food, Philly's got game. Below are the Latin restaurants we love in the City of Brotherly Love.
 
 
South Philly's East Passyunk neighborhood is one of several formerly down at the heel spots turned hipster havens, and Cantina los Caballitos is one of its residents' favorite food destinations. The bartenders are a bit surly but never you mind. Grab a seat on the patio, sip a blood orange margarita made with fresh juice and enjoy a Tex-Mex hot dog with salsa, garlic, and jalapeño. It's not authentic, but it's tasty.
 
photo: Amanda Cargill
 

A few blocks east of East Passyunk is the real South Philly, where you'll find the much lauded South Philly Barbacoa serving authentic Mexican barbacoa at its best. No cheese, no sour cream, no crazy accoutrements; just tender lamb and crisp-edged pork served in corn tortillas nixtamalized on-site in a wet-stone mill from Mexico. Be advised: Get here early when they're serving tacos (Monday to Friday). They close cuando se acabo.


 
photo: Amanda Cargill
 
 
LAS ROSAS PANADERIA Y CAFETERIA - South Philly

Still further east of East Passyunk Avenue is Las Rosas, a traditional Mexican panaderia that you'd probably miss if you didn't know the nabe. A nondescript corner baker that serves brightly colored cakes, chocolate sprinkle donuts and conchas de vainilla y fresa, it's the go-to pastry shop for locals in search of something sweet.

 

photo: Amanda Cargill
 

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