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.)
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.
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.