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Mexican Post Restaurant & Bar – Olde City

March 13th, 2007 | 2 Comments | Filed in Mexican

Mexican Post Restaurant & Bar

Food style/ethnicity: Mexican

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Chain: Mexican Post

Hours: 11 AM – 12 AM

Price: 5 – 20 ($)

Location:

104 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

USA

Food rating: 4 out of 5

Decor rating: 2 out of 5

Service rating: 4 out of 5

Well, what can you say about this place? On a Friday or Saturday or night, there is at least a 45 minute wait, the bar is packed full of people and the noise is deafening. Yet somehow, when I get a hankering for some Mexican food, this is the only place to go. Maybe its the margaritas or the incredible mix of Philadelphia “folk”, but I just love this place. With the introduction of the no-smoking law in Philadelphia, the bar scene is just about acceptable – before you’d get smoked out as you enter the door. So, on to enjoying your meal at Mexican Post…
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Lolita – Center City

August 15th, 2006 | Comments Off on Lolita – Center City | Filed in BYOB, Mexican

Lolita

Food style/ethnicity: Mexican

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Hours: 5 PM – 10:30 PM

Price: 10 – 25 ($)

Location:

106 S 13th St

Philadelphia, PA 19107

USA

Food rating: 3 out of 5

Decor rating: 4 out of 5

Service rating: 5 out of 5

This BYOT (Bring Your Own Tequila) is a real find. Located between Drury and Sansom Street, it contains about 25 tables inside and maybe 5 tables outside. I went to this restaurant with 6 other people and brought a LARGE bottle of Jose Cuervo to make the margaritas. They offered both watermelon and lime flavored ‘ritas, which are available in pitchers for the table. I didn’t enjoy the watermelon flavored, but the lime was excellent.

But how was the food, you ask?

We started with the guacamole special, which was very good. When we quickly ran out of homemade chips for the dip, they were quickly refilled. The guacamole was spicy and full of flavor.

But what about the main course, you ask?
Well, that is a tough question. I didn’t like mine very much. I went out on a limb and ordered a Hawaiian fish that I cannot recall its name. The fish was boring and flavorless. But, I tried two other people’s meals and they were excellent. They were spicy, cooked to perfection and were more traditional Mexican fare.

Ok, fine – how about desert?
Again, disappointing. I had the crème brule. Although the taste was OK, there were chunks of something (coconut, maybe?) in the desert which was not very appetizing. I finished it, after all who doesn’t finish desert, but it was not very good.

Overall, I think this place has alot of potential and I would probably go back, if only for the ‘ritas. Order the more traditional meals and avoid the crazy deserts and life will be good. Bring the bottle of tequila and make sure you have a designated driver!

El Sarape – Blue Bell, PA

June 26th, 2006 | Comments Off on El Sarape – Blue Bell, PA | Filed in Mexican

El Sarape

Food style/ethnicity: Mexican

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Chain: El Sarape, Blue Bell, Mexican

Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM

Price: 20 – 30 ($)

Location:

1380 Skippack Pike

Blue Bell, PA 19422

USA

Food rating: 5 out of 5

Decor rating: 4 out of 5

Service rating: 5 out of 5

Overall, my dining partner and I had a very good meal. I would put this restaurant on par with Coyote Crossing in Conshohocken. It is not your typical Mexican food. No fajitas. No tacos. No standard Mexican fare. The meals here are almost gourmet, with certain flair.

We started with 2 margaritas, on the rocks. Although I didn’t ask for it, we were given Jose Cuero 1800 tequila. The drinks were excellent, but at $9.00 a piece, a bit painful in the wallet.

For appetizer, we shared the Guacamole Real, which was great with a nice spicy Guacamole and homemade chips.

On the main course, my dining partner enjoyed her Pollo a la Parrilla, which was a basic grilled chicken with Mexican sides. Nothing special, but it was enjoyable.

I had the Camarones Cullian, which was large shrimp, wrapped in bacon and service in a spicy sauce with white rice. My meal was excellent and was certainly a unique dish. This was my first visit to El Sarape and I was expecting the typical Mexican fare, this certainly was not it.

We decided to skip desert and coffee, but I can say that the coffee another table had smelled great, with a hit of a spice, maybe cinnamon.

Overall, a very good meal, I’ll be back..

Coyote Crossing – Conshohocken, PA

December 22nd, 2005 | Comments Off on Coyote Crossing – Conshohocken, PA | Filed in Mexican

Coyote Crossing

Food style/ethnicity: Mexican

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Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Price: 15 – 30 ($)

Location:

800 Spring Mill Avenue

Conshohocken, PA 19428

Food rating: 3 out of 5

Decor rating: 4 out of 5

Service rating: 2 out of 5

I have had both good and bad meals here. The fajitas are great. The margaritas are great. The guacamole is great. Everything else? You can have it. A great place to have a drink after work when the patio is hopping and the parking is available. Just watch out when the wind changes and the sewage treatment plant on the Schuykill waffs up. Yum.