Molcajete Mixto $$
746 Christian St., 215/413-0171,
HOURS: Mon.–Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
COST: Most entrees between $10–20
At the edge of the famed Italian Market, Molcajete Mixto reflects the area’s burgeoning Mexican population. With impeccable service and space for large groups, it’s ideal for kicking off a night on the town.
Perfectly crisp chips and homemade salsas are complimentary. Corn mushroom quesadillas are a unique appetizer, while every salad is worthy.
Braised pork and chicken with mole sauce are standouts, or try the restaurant’s namesake dish, which offers sizzling steak, chicken, and cactus.
Billed as a BYOB, it’s really best to BYOT (tequila). They make their own mixes, offering watermelon as a smooth alternative to the traditional lime.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition