La Llorona Cantina Mexicana

Mexican Food for the Senses in the Heart of South Philly

by TheSpot

It seems Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held anywhere with food and beverage and a Latin flair. For a little history lesson, Cinco de Mayo is the day that Mexico defeated France in the Franco-Mexican War back in 1862. We know it as May 5th, the day we partake in our favorite Mexican fanfare. The Mexican food scene in Philadelphia exploded in recent years. Taquerias, restaurants, and cafes offering Mexican cuisine, Tex-Mex and other varieties are sprouting in neighborhoods and corners that were left void. In some cases, many of these eateries contribute to revitalization. Increasingly as there are more spaces introducing menu items beyond nachos and burritos, Philadelphians have a new love affair with Mexican food.

There is one restaurant that is not only known for authenticity but receiving rave reviews. La Llorona Cantina Mexicana, strives to meet authentic Mexican in a warm setting in the heart of South Philadelphia. Adrienne Salvatore-Markey, owner of the previous establishment the Thirsty Soul, transformed the location on from trendy bar to one of Philly’s most talked about must try restaurants. Located on Passyunk Avenue, they’re one of the few places to have ample indoor and outdoor seating but their menu selection is what sets them apart. In addition, you’ll find imported Tequilas and Mezcal that you won’t find outside of Mexico.

Plates such as Tlayuda and entrees such as Calabacitas and Pollo En Sul Mole, will. not only heighten the palate but will make you question what you have been missing all this time. They also offer an enviable drink menu specializing in premiere tequila and mezcal plus inventive cocktails. The passion fruit margarita and inolvidable are sure to hit the sweet spot. The care and attention to detail of the ingredients. the slow cooked pork and beef, the splash of citrus that shapes the dish is why La Llorona Cantina Mexicana is our pick this month. Don’t just make plans for Cinco de Mayo but anytime is a reason to celebrate.