On the left, just
past the door, are large plastic bins of chiles
including one labeled chipoltes. Lift the lid and take a
hearty whiff. Bliss, and a hint of what's to come from
the few tables at the rear of Los Gallos, behind the
Chef-proprietor Luz Jimenez hails from the state of Puebla, famous for
its complex take on Mexican cuisine. Luis graduated from
culinary school there before winding up in Philadelphia.
His craft travels well.
My first visit I
tried an assortment of tacos - both al pastor and
chorizo. That's them above, garnished with a charred
jalapeno, avocado, radishes and lime. A great
introduction to Los Gallos.
Next to the tacos,
Luis's take on steak enchiladas. The tortillas are
not filled, simply covered with green sauce and fresh
cheese. The fillings are served separately, in
this case steak, along with refried beans.
I'm not a fan of
tripe, which is a pity I guess. The bowl of pancitas (tripe
called menudo) contains more tripe than I hope to consume
in a life time. The stock is spicy. Traditionally pancitas is served on weekends - either a hangover cure
or a spicy alternative to Viagra. Los Gallos serves it
Below that, a
quesadilla filled with huitacoche, or corn fungus. That
I'm a fan of. Really good.
Though it is not on
the menu yet, Luis is serving cemitas - similar to a
torta or sandwich, but a specialty of Puebla. The
roll is soft and filled with refried beans, avocado
tomato, onion, fresh cheese and papalo, an herb that
looks like basil but has the kick of cilantro. There is
a choice of meats - I went with a Mexican ham.
Plenty to drink.
In the big jugs are a cinamony rice milk drink on the
right and a hibiscus based drink on the right. Both are
ladled over ice. There's a full assortment of Mexican
sodas and fruit drinks too.
So many really good
Mexican restaurants have opened in Philadelphia
over the past few years. Just about every one I've
tried has been great. For now, at least, I'm
giving the edge to Los Gallos. I'm betting that
Chef Jimenez has a lot more cooking to show us.
2012 - Added pics of huevos rancheros, chicken
chilaquiles and chiles rellenos. All are muy especiale.