Last night I went to the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Philly Business Plan Finals (NFTE, pronounced “nifty”). The kids were all great, professional and creative but y’all know I gotta talk about the catering.
(owned by Garces?), the modern cantina-style Mexican restaurant near 40th Street Station definitely stole some of the spotlight from the kids. All-you-can-eat + an open bar tends to do that.
I’m not sure how their menu usually is but on this day it was semi-buffet style with the servers making tiny individual plates for people to grab. Your usual taco fixin’s were available – guac, tomato salsa, corn and black bean salsa, tortilla chips, etc. Premium setup all round.
Y’all know I’ve been on a fish kick so the first thing I tried was the Fried Mahi Mahi Taco with a slice of avocado. It kinda looked like a mini mozzarella stick with a beret and a cloak. Whatever. It was slammin- perfectly crispy breading, juicy and flaky fish on the inside. The flavor literally burst into my mouth. It burned a little. Not the first time. Definitely not the last.
Next I tried the chicken taco and carnitas taco. Both of these hit the spot. While the chicken taco was a regular good-ass taco, the carnitas was slightly transcendent. Maybe I was just hungry but I went back for seconds and thirds (and fourths. And maybe a fifth. I was really hungry). The tenderest, most succulent pulled pork. I added some tomato and corn salsa because they are bangin’. All in all I’d give the tacos carnitas a legitness score of 9.5, despite their small stature.
Yo, Distrito! I’m coming for more.