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El Vez: A Taste of Mexico in Center City February 1, 2012

Posted by Matt Wargo in Philadelphia Scoop, Travel and Explore.
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Fresh guacamole and one of the city’s best margaritas? Yes, please!

El Vez, 121 S. 13th St., offers diners a unique dining experience that only local restaurateur Stephen Starr could pull off. From the food to the decor, El Vez transports guests into a world of Mexican cuisine.

For starters, this Mexican eatery offers seven different guac options. Seven! All made fresh and served in a traditional molcajete or as a sampler platter.

When it comes to the main course, the portions are just right. Be sure to pick up a few of the side options to spice up your meal. I recommend the grilled corn on the cob with lime and queso fresco or the creamy poblano corn rice. Yum!

So, go and explore! The food’s great and the drinks are too. Plus, the guest service at the Center City establishment is beyond extraordinary.

Oh, El Vez also offers a photo booth! Three bucks to get some a strip of retro, black-and-white photos. Over the weekend, a group of friends and family went for Abby’s Birthday and the waitstaff offered to have the photo booth images screen printed onto an El Vez t-shirt. How cool?


Owls On The Town In Old City March 20, 2011

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Fellow Owls and Friends (L-R) Aaron, Vinnie, and Matt share a cheers at Bridget Foy's.

The Owls joined together for a night on the town and for some good eats over the weekend!

Saturday evening a group of Owl Ambassadors celebrated a colleague’s birthday and fun-filled semester at one of Old City’s dining hot spots, Bridget Foy’s, 200 South St, Philadelphia.

Mangiare al Ralph’s! April 9, 2010

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Mangia! Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in South Philly is the oldest family-run Italian eatery in America (and boy, do they boast about it!). Ralph’s opened in 1900 and is just a few steps from Philly’s Italian Market. A long-list of star-studded celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Connie Mack, and Sammy Davis, Jr., have dined in the historical row house. The restaurant has garnered countless awards for the delicious Italian fare.

Being a lover of Italian food, Ralph’s was a perfect choice for my roommate’s birthday dinner Friday evening. If you’re looking for some delicious spaghetti and meatballs, this is the place to dine. The portions are just right and the atmosphere is unbeatable.