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Check in: South Philly Barbacoa

Check In is a new, occasional feature where we … uh, check in with a recently opened restaurant. Not a review, per se, but hey, you get the idea. Have an idea for a Check In? Email us at

It is entirely possible to live in the heart of South Philly and never notice the food cart at 8th and Watkins that’s serving up some of the city’s best Mexican food. That would be a mistake.

But I almost did. And I was looking for it. The only sign facing 8th Street last week was a small piece of brown cardboard with the word BARBACOA written on it. My kind of place.


South Philly Barbacoa is a Sunday-only operation run by husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Miller and Cristina Martinez. They start serving at 6 a.m. – dinnertime for their night-shift customers – and stop when they sell out, usually around 1 p.m.

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