El Rey (Philadelphia)

30 August 2011 by Lee Frank Category: reviews
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I went to Philadelphia a few weeks back. I know you’re wondering, “how can Lee leave when there are so many nachos left to eat.” Well, I grew up in PA and I wanted to go home. I realize you’re probably not as accusatory as I am to myself. Also, you should remember, we had a nacho crawl in Philly with a crowd of 82. So I went and I ate nachos.

photo via Midtown Lunch Philadelphia

El Rey is one of the many Stephen Starr restaurants in Philadelphia. I went after several glowing recommendations from Philadelphia residents. Before I walked in, I wondered if this was the right place with its hole-in-the-wall look, but, I was not lost, this place just looked authentic. We sat down and ordered margaritas (mango for Galen and guava for me). We then ordered the nachos.

Just by the image these rank near the highest on the messy list. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

There was chorizo, chihuahua cheese, black beans, pickled jalapeno, habanero-mint salsa, crema and a ton of cilantro piled into a mound of nachos. We started eating, but I had a hankering for hot sauce, so I asked and they returned a crazy spicy puree that haunts me to this day. It was nuts. These were very tasty nachos with a lot of flavor on each bite and none of the sogginess I’ve come to know in loaded chips. Well done, Stephen. I’ll be back.

Sidenote: As a follow up to this delightful platter, I ordered chilaquiles. They were awesome.

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  • Maraysa said:

    You LOVE to order nachos and chilaquiles in the same sitting, don’t you?

  • lee (author) said:

    I do. Is that so wrong?

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