12TH STREET CANTINA

Reading Terminal Market
12th & Ludlow, Philadelphia
(215) 625-0321

Downstairs at the Bellevue Broad & Walnut, Philadelphia
(215) 790-1578

Great Mexican Cooking.  Some of it down-casa authentic, some gussied up a bit.  The Reading Terminal Market location is more carry-out than eat-in though there are seats.  It is a great Center City Philadelphia source for such Mexican staples as chorizo, hot and mild peppers, spices and more.  Mucho prepared foods too, including a case full of all kinds of salsa. 

The Bellevue 12th Street Cantina, part of the Downstairs at the Bellevue food court, is mostly geared towards the lunch business.  A great steak fajita, incredible mole, and my new favorite, tortas - grilled sandwiches built on rustic Cuban bread.  That's the Cubano, above, the traditional Cuban sandwich of pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickle, fancied a bit with avocado and greens




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