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Late night at La Lupe

gabe | Apr 15, 2003 10:02 AM

I made my way to 9th & Passyunk in South Philly last night at about 11:00 for a late-evening snack. I was delighted to see that La Lupe, like its neighbors Pat's and Geno's, was still open.

I ordered a Taco Al Pastor and a Taco Barbacoa, both with guacamole and onions.

These are soft tacos, wrapped in a deliciously fresh, soft -- yet sturdy -- white corn tortilla. The shredded roast pork of the Al Pastor taco was very tender and nicely, though mildly spiced. The small container of deceptively fiery salsa verde they provided helped out in that department. This taco was one to eat, as you might a cheesesteak from the place next door, greedily and messily.

The Barbacoa taco was filled with goat meat, which was the first time I've had goat. The meat pieces were fairly large -- in my opinion it might have been better shredded like the pork to make it easier to eat -- I found myself pulling half the meat out of the taco with every bite. It was definitely chewier than the pork, with a texture roughly halfway between very lean lamb and dark-meat turkey. Also quite mildly spiced.

My order came with a small foil packet of garnish, with two large slices of fresh cucumber, sliced radish, and lemon wedges. The cucumber was great for cooling down my mouth between tacos and the radish cleansed the palate.

All in all, for $4, this was a much tastier late-night meal and a better value than a cheesesteak, and just as filling. I look forward to returning.

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