Cucina Zapata- Drexel University Campus- Philadelphia, PA

The hardest part about working in Philadelphia is trying to not spend your whole paycheck on food. I work directly in between Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania and this section of Philly has an abundance of food trucks to choose from. One of the most well know and popular food trucks in the area is Cucina Zapata. Their food truck is always located in “Food Truck Alley” on Drexel’s campus on the corner of 31st and Ludlow and it’s almost guaranteed to always have a line.


Cucina Zapata is owned and operated by the Zapata family and states on their Facebook page that they have Asian and Mexican fusion dishes that combine bold and exciting flavors with modern comfort foods. I really couldn’t have explained their style of food better myself! The offer gourmet tasting food at college budget based prices and I will warn you, it’s addictive!

They are best known for, my personal favorite, their Cap’n Crunch-Crusted Tilapia Burrito. It’s a huge burrito that includes two filets that are breaded in cereal crumbs and deep fried with red cabbage, iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado, and sriracha mayo on a flour tortilla. The combination packes a punch of flavor, crunch, and spice that is seriously delicious and like nothing I’ve ever tried before! It comes in an option of spicy or not. I’ve tried both and I personally prefer not spicy but my coworkers strongly disagree as they feel the extra sriracha is the perfect touch. The best part, it’s all for only $6 (cash only).


I’ve also tried their Beef Short Rib Tacos. These are served similar to the burrito, with red cabbage, iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado, and sriracha on a flour tortilla. They come as a choice of one, two, or three tacos. The short rib is juicy and flavorful and the combination of everything together is amazing!


They also have other menu items that I still have yet to try. One of my coworkers eats lunch here everyday (no lie literally everyday) and always gets the Chicken Satay or the Chicken Katsu. Also, while waiting in line I’ve noticed that their Thai Teas are very popular with the college students. I’m going to have to give those a try next and report back.

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