April 14, 2011

Taqueria El Jarocho in South Philly

Mexican soccer sensation Javier Chicharito Hernandez is the inspiration behind this look at El Jarocho, a popular taqueria not too far from the Ellsworth-Federal subway stop in South Philly.

Chicharito scored yet another goal for Manchester United in their Champions League victory over rivals Chelsea this week.

El Jarocho was a pit stop on a recent tour of South Philly and not a minute too soon considering our last taqueria visit was over a year ago to Taqueria Veracruzana.

In my book El Jarocho was a clear winner, especially if you adhere to the how-fast-the-food-is-devoured test. You get three soft shell tacos per order and I went with chicken, pork and sausage.

All three were delicious with the sausage taken the Best Of award in close vote. My father, who joined me on the visit, would add the steak to the list of ones to try.

I also gave a tamarind soda from Jarritos a try and it wasn’t bad considering sodas are not something I usually drink. Worth the purchase if you’ve never had one.

Taquerias stand in stark contrast to high-end places taking advantage of the interest and influence of Hispanic food in Philly. But, the no frills atmosphere is just as enjoyable, is much cheaper and frankly the food is just as good - if not better.

At El Jarocho, the three soft shells cost $6 and were filled to the brim. Compare that to Guapos Tacos where you get two tacos for $6-8 and they are not stuffed (as we stated before Guapos Tacos is for the experience, not just the food).

I’m huge fan of taquerias and desire to visit more. Any favorites to suggest for the next stop??

Check out this fabulous song for Chicharito from the World Red Army featuring famous salsa artist Choco Orta.


jared said...

Let's go to La Lupe, 9th and Federal. They have $1.50 Taco Tuesdays.

Kristy said...

We're in.