Just checked out a new Italian Market/South Philly mexican place -- Tacqueria La Lupe, owned by the same people as the original La Lupe in NYC.
Can't say how surprised I was to see it here. I moved from NYC to Philly last year and frequented the La Lupe in Queens often. They opened a restaurant on 9th & Federal, in the same space that Simons Steaks & Ishkabibbles had both opened up in. Really nice, super-clean, seemed to be very busy for a Tuesday afternoon.
The food is dirt cheap and incredible. I got a Milanesa/Chorizo/Perna/Ham torta for only $5.50(!) that was huge and probably the best torta I've had on the east coast yet.. My friend got a $5.00 carnitas burrito that was jam-packed. They also have Barbacoa and Cesina which I was happy to see. Wasn't too spicy though, which was the only real complaint.
They seem to have a much more expansive menu than Veracruz with some Cuban & Dominican menu items, lots of entrees, sopes, chalupas and similar food.
Really happy to have these guys in the neighborhood.
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