South Philly Barbacoa, the popular food cart previously located at 8th and Watkins, closed at the end of June to prepare for a bigger move. The Mexican food spot is no longer operating out of a food cart and now occupies an East Passyunk Crossing storefront.
This new location, which offers dine-in, take-out and delivery, opened on the Fourth of July at 1703 S. 11th St., which is Vegan Commissary’s former location.
The reason for South Philly Barbacoa’s move is due to the increasing popularity of their food, making it harder for them to serve their clientele out of a small food cart. Last year, Craig LaBan even named their barbacoa lamb and pancita tacos as one of his favorite dishes of the year.
The menu includes South Philly Barbacoa’s signature barbacoa, pancita and cosome tacos for $4 each.
To improve the quality of the tortilla’s they serve, they are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a whetsone corn mill, which will be imported from Mexico. The campaign has already exceeded the goal of $500 for this new equipment.
The restaurant’s decor is fairly simple, with pictures collaged on portions of the walls and the tables being decorated with simple tablecloths and flowers.
The storefront of the restaurant is currently painted white, but it won’t stay that way for long. Later this week, Isaiah Zagar will be installing one of his murals on the location. If you recall, South Philly Barbacoa was once proposed to open in Zagar’s mosaic warehouse.
South Philly Barbacoa is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless they sell out earlier, on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out their Facebook page, or call them at 215-360-5282 to place an order for pick up or delivery.