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First Pics: South Philly Barbacoa now open at 1703 S. 11th St.

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.

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12 Responses to First Pics: South Philly Barbacoa now open at 1703 S. 11th St.

  1. andrew July 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    i’m so excited to stop by. However, i must say i’m really disappointed with the vinyl hanging sign and the color choice for the cement facade. here’s to hoping it’s temporary. :)

  2. Mike S July 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    These people are the nicest! however… the tacos are now 4 dollars each, not 3…says so right in the chalkboard picture :)

    • Lou_1000X July 16, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      Totally worth $4, I’d pay $5. There is a LOT of meat in each one, way more than “normal” tacos, and WAY better tasting.

  3. Anthony July 14, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    5am? I wish they were open in the evenings, at least a few days a week. I can basically never eat there Mon – Fri because I have to work. Maybe the owners have plans to alter their hours???

    • Mike S July 15, 2015 at 2:32 am #

      Hey Anythony,

      They are only open saturdays and sundays from 5am to 5pm. Man, i wish they were open everyday! haha

      • Anthony July 15, 2015 at 9:09 am #

        I’ll have to give it a try this weekend. Hopefully, they’ll open for some weekday hours at some point!

  4. wow July 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Wow, way to bring 7th street to the avenue. Where is the associaton with a fine for that banner instead of a well done sign?

    • Signs July 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

      I agree that the sign gives off bad vibes. While it obviously doesn’t effect the food it makes it all the less likely for someone to take a chance instead of a nicer looking sign.

      Next thing you know the WIC sign and the Vegetable, Cigarette, and Shirt sign will be hanging on the wall.

    • WowanIdiot July 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Likely a temporary fix before they get a signage – the exterior is a work in progress. But keep focusing on the important stuff there pal – also, they were on 8th before.

  5. Mike S July 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Are you seriously complaining about the sign? get a life dude

  6. Joe July 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    The sign is awful. And the tacos yaaay overrated.

  7. Michelle C. July 15, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    I, for one, enjoy the cartoon sheep who appears to be preparing to eat its brethren.

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