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3945 Chestnut St. (39th St.) Send to Phone
Mexico City comes alive in Philadelphia.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Distrito Restaurant Review

: Iron Chef Jose Garces brings the energy of Mexico City to life in this colorful eatery that includes a booth fashioned from one of the city’s signature green VW Beetle taxis, Mexican oilcloth tabletops, and a wall of more than 600 wrestling masks, worn by Mexico’s answer to the WWF---the lucha libre, or free fight “professional” wrestlers. There is plenty that’s familiar on the menu, from traditional guacamole and nachos to ceviches, enchiladas, tamales and quesadillas. But know that if you’re looking for Tex-Mex and dishes dripping with melted Jack cheese, this isn’t the spot for you. Garces’ quesadillas are made with zucchini squash blossom and poblano and avocado purée. His chicken enchiladas include Chihuahua cheese. And the beef in his taco is Kobe flat iron, served with truffle potato and tomato horseradish escabèche. On the lighter side, whole grilled fish served Vera Cruz style or diver scallops with pineapple-grapefruit reduction will keep the calories in check. The little plates can add up to a big check if you're hungry---so the $15 two-course lunch deal is a good option.

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