In honor of National Taco Day, which happens Wednesday, October 4, we’ve rounded up excellent taco-centric deals happening at some of the best Mexican restaurants Philadelphia has to offer (and Taco Bell). Consider your Hump Day lunch and dinner plans made.
With a menu full of stuffed-tortilla options, this second-floor cantina celebrates tacos all year round. In honor of National Taco Day—and all foreseeable Tuesdays from here on out—anyone who orders tacos off the regularly priced menu will be treated to a complimentary house margarita.
After multiple requests for hardshell tacos, this Rittenhouse lunchtime favorite is rolling out a pair of one-day-only additions in honor of the holiday. Smoked brisket tacos are coming topped with scallion crema and heirloom-tomato salsa, and mole chicken is matched with seasonally appropriate apple and pumpkin salsa.
The Horsham branch of this happy-hour mecca is discounting their entire array of tacos by $3 from 3 to 9pm, meaning that everything from sesame tuna to brussels sprout and southern fried chicken tacos are going for under $10 for a trio.
Jose Pistola’s, Pistola’s del Sur, Sancho Pistola’s
All three locations of this craft beer and Mexican spot are featuring Pistola’s take on classic street tacos, a pair of corn tortillas piled high with carnitas, chopped white onion and cilantro and a drizzle of salsa verde for $6.
Chinatown’s premier destination for Korean Mexican taco action is discounting all of their single tacos to $2 all day on Wednesday. Be sure to check out the beef with pico de gallo and gochujang sour cream, and roast chicken with red chili salsa and kimchi.
Taco Day is an ideal excuse for the kitchen to get creative at El Vez. A special trio of one-day-only tacos includes duck confit with mole Poblano, grilled shrimp with chorizo, and a falafel taco with coriander yogurt.
This South Street corner’s already great happy hour is being extended to maximize taco consumption. Look out for an adults-only Mexican Happy Meal featuring a Tecate and a taco, and $1 tacos running from 6pm until midnight.
Jose Garces’s University City taqueria and karaoke lounge is knocking a dollar off their already affordable taco menu. For $2.50 you can choose from chipotle-braised chicken carnitas or vegetarian tofu chorizo.
Adventurous eaters will want to grab a seat at the bar for mojellas tacos, a Texan tradition made with sweetbreads. For the fainter of heart, a selection of tamer tacos El Rey are going for under $4.
In honor of this momentous occasion, the generous folks at Taco Bell corporate have decided to treat the nation to a $5 box featuring a classic hard shell taco plus a trio of the chain’s most genius creations, Doritos tacos locos in original nacho cheese, Cool Ranch and Fiery flavors.
RECOMMENDED: Check out our full guide to the best Mexican restaurants in Philadelphia