Wanderlust Wednesday: Cantina Los Caballitos

“Best margaritas in South Philly.”

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As far as I’m concerned, Cantina Los Caballitos has mastered the Mexican cuisine in South Philly. Located at 1651 E. Passyunk Ave, this restaurant offers a bar inside as well as spacious seating, with the opportunity to be seated outside, weather permitted.

To start off, you need a margarita in your hand. If you were me, it would probably be frozen and mango flavored (can’t go wrong). And don’t worry about ordering chips, that and two varieties of salsa will be hand-delivered to your table within minutes. I know it’s tempting, but do your best to not fill up on chips and salsa before your tasty meal arrives.

I ordered the pork carnitas taco, topped with onion and cilantro. I added cheese and sour cream for an additional $1/each. So worth it. My friend ordered the quesadilla de pollo, topped with peppers, corn, and quest fresco. My tacos were incredible, and I could only manage two of them. I saved the third for lunch the following day, and I swear it was even better.

Along with good eats and fabulous margs, Cantina provides a casual and fun atmosphere, perfect for catching a drink/bite to eat after work. Great happy hour too! This is definitely a place to hit if you’re in the neighborhood for a fun outing.

Xoxo,
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Wanderlust Wednesday: Pub on Passyunk East (POPE)

“That cheeseburger though…”

This week’s wanderlust feature centers around The Pub on Passyunk East! Located at 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue, this pub is a must-visit on your list. If you haven’t gathered by now, I moved to South Philly about five months ago. Alas, my blog is accompanied by Philadelphia food articles, which I’m sure many of you can appreciate.

When it comes to exquisite pub food, I am all ears… and also hungry. I’m talking big burgers, crispy fries, homemade dipping sauce, and great brews on tap. I have been to the Pope three times, and have had the burger twice and the Reuben once. I’ve also watched three of my friends down the Reuben and have no problem doing so. This is a place you will clean your plate, even after eating an order of nachos or fries as an appetizer.

The Pope Burger is juicy and topped with melted cheddar cheese, grilled red onions, and basil mayo. O.M.G. Then the Reuben is loaded with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. You can’t miss when you order either of these items, and you won’t walk away hungry!

The feel inside the Pope is very casual, as you seat yourself anywhere you can find a table and a server will be right with you. I’d actually like to pause and really address the wait staff at this place: SO FRIENDLY. I have never met kinder servers. They answer every question, are super patient with you, and even clued me in on their fry dipping sauce (which I’m obsessed with).

I would also describe the interior as rustic-looking. With brick walls and an old-timey wooden bar, the atmosphere just screams pub, in the best way. Speaking of the bar, I haven’t been to the Pope yet on a weekend night to drink, just for dinner, so I’d be curious as to what that atmosphere turns into as well. Each time I was there I tried a cider on tap, and I wasn’t disappointed. I should also mention their happy hour during the week ends at 6pm, so if you can get there beforehand, your drafts are ½ price.

To end on a foodie note, you need to go and try that burger, and the Reuben, and the nachos, and the Chesapeake fries. Everything is cooked to perfection and will curb any hunger. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere casual, and the food is bangin. Definitely worth stopping by the next time you’re in the area. To end this note, I’m just gonna leave a picture of the Reuben here.

Xoxo,
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Wanderlust Wednesday: Bing Bing Dim Sum

“Where my South Philly peeps at?”


Bing Bing Dim Sum (commonly known as “Bing Bing”), is a Chinese restaurant providing a Jewish spin on dining, located along East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. Bing Bing is on the smaller side once you walk in, so I would recommend stealing a seat or two at the bar if you go on a Fri/Sat night, otherwise your wait could be about 30 minutes. You shouldn’t have any issues throughout the week. The inside is retro and eclectic, you’ll see their artwork displayed on all walls. I felt very cozy as we dined, and prefer the laid back atmosphere.

If you’re an average restaurant goer, like myself, you might think it’s strange to order another plate of food in the middle of your meal. Not here. Bing Bing thrives from its small plates, commonly shared with those at your table, and the idea that you will be drooling over your next plate before you even finish the first.

The menu wasn’t my favorite the first time I went, but I may have been persuaded to reconsider after my second visit. Disclaimer: I went at the request of someone else, both times.

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Are you a fan of dumplings? Then you’ll love their Pork Soup Dumplings, which you must learn how to eat. Ask your waiter, if they didn’t already sense that you look “new” to the restaurant. They will instruct you to place a single dumpling on a small cradled spoon. Then you must bite the top of the dough, and slurp out the soup inside. Yes, I know, strange to us average restaurant goers. Now you’re ready to eat the rest of the dumpling. And they are delicious.

 

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Next you have to try the Caterpillar Bread, which is topped with bbq pork, caramelized honey, and sesame seeds. It is an interesting combination of meat and sweet, and if you don’t dig in quickly enough, the bread might start to absorb the honey (I know some people cringe at the idea of soggy bread). End thoughts: I’d definitely order it again.

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The last dish we tried was the Soy Sauce Pork Noodles – and this was the winning favorite! The dish is served hot and has a mild kick to it, for those of you interested in spicing up your weekend bites. I am a huge lover of all things noodle (lo mein, fettuccine, etc.), and the pork noodles were incredible. There were bites of pork in the noodles; it was a wonderful meaty and spicy version of lo mein. Not to mention, I learned how to use chopsticks with this dish!

 

My thoughts? I’ll be back. Glad I was willing (and somewhat forced) to give this restaurant a second chance.

Xoxo,
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