El Rey Stephen Starr El Rey

El Rey Menu

2013 Chestnut St. (20th St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cuisine: Mexican
Chef Dionicio Jimenez stars at this kitschy south-of-the-border restaurant.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.


El Rey Restaurant Review:

At the intersection of retro diner and shady Mexican border town, you'll find El Rey, Stephen Starr’s Mexican spot in the former Midtown Diner space on Chestnut Street. Starr may be the muscle, but the real star of this show is chef Dionicio Jimenez (formerly of Xochitl). Jimenez mines home-style regional Mexican flavors in dishes such as spice-kissed short rib enchiladas and chiles en nogada made with slow-roasted poblanos stuffed with spiced ground beef, almonds and dried fruit topped with walnut sauce. On the lighter side, ceviche or garlicky shrimp with lime juice will take you to the coastal towns. Say "yes" to the very good margaritas --- try the tamarind --- or sip fine tequila, with a side of sangrita. Make time, before or after dinner, to visit the Ranstead Room, either by walking down a hallway or accessing the door that says RR on Ranstead Street. Dimly lit and sexy, Ranstead serves craft cocktails, fresh juices and house-made mixers in a lounge setting reminiscent of a sassy speakeasy.

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