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- Cuisines: Mexican
NileGuide Expert tip:
Perhaps the best Mexican food (and drinks) in the city. Be prepared to be awed by the food and the atmosphere!
You almost can't help but have fun at this kitsch-filled, neon-lit version of Mexico City. Distrito's walls are bubble-gum pink. One has dozens of luchador (Mexican wrestling) masks hanging from it. There's an old VW Beetle where you can do shots of 70 kinds of tequila, dining arrangements that involve swings, a widescreen TV that regularly screens Nacho Libre, bar stools with glittery rubber seats, and a hidden, striped room for private karaoke parties.
And that's not even getting to the menu. Chef-owner Jose Garces (of Amada and Tinto) may have a sense of humor, but he also has a marvelous sense of creative balance. Order three to four small plates per person: atun seviche with Serrano-coconut sauce, plantains and queso fresca, pineapple-salsa pork carnitas, queso fundido over duck stew, mushroom huarache flatbread, and hamachi tacos with lime and avocado. Add a couple of fresh-fruit juice margaritas, and your mouth will have as much fun as your eyes and ears are having. At lunch, go for the $15 meal of two courses and an iced tea or soda.
- © Frommer's 2013
User Reviews for DISTRITO
Don't plan to linger
Yes the food is great, but you can't get it in the order you want. They bring it as fast as they possibly can and you will be out in no time.
- posted on 11.24.12
- by Phillydoc06
I had a post-half marathon brunch at Distrito and it was so amazing. The brunch menu offers various options in two courses and my friend and I intentionally ordered different things...
- posted on 11.20.12
- by SigKap27
Creative dishes, attentive service
Unexpected use of ingredients in dishes, very tasty foods, tapas format of the dishes was nice; liked the sangria.
- posted on 11.15.12
- by aggiealum
- Top 50 Restaurant 2009
- Highly Recommended 2010
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- tel: 2152221657
- 3945 Chestnut Street
- Entrance on 40th St
- Philadelphia, PA 19104
University City/West Philedelphia
Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM - 2:30PM
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cantina Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
*Please call the restaurant for holiday hours of operation.*