Los Catrines $$$
1602 Locust St., 215/546-0181,
HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m.,
Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–11 p.m.,
Sat. 5–11 p.m., Sun. 5–10 p.m.
COST: Most entrées more than $20
Upscale authentic Mexican cuisine is served in an eclectic yet elegant setting in a converted old brownstone. High ceilings and dim lighting welcome you into the front room featuring a grand, mirrored bar offering more than 90 different tequilas.
Partitioned into three separate additional dining areas, the large restaurant maintains a cozy feel. But the reason locals and visitors keep coming back is the food.
Choose from the excellent meat and seafood entrées, and do not miss the fresh, limey ceviche or the divine guacamole. Sangria and margaritas can be ordered by the glass, pitcher, or a full carafe.
Oh, and be sure to mention if it’s your birthday: The staff will sing to you in Spanish and bring out a free shot of tasty, sweet tequila mixed with cinnamon and more.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition