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Philadelphia, PA: Mission Taqueria

Few things make me happier than finding a good taqueria. During a recent day trip to Philly I had a chance to check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art (which is beautiful by the way) but after touring the whole museum my girlfriend and I were hungry and had tacos on the brain. On a whim, we decided to check out Mission Taqueria in Center City.

On the weekends, they have a midday menu from 3-4:30 which worked to our benefit. The menu was smaller than normal so it was easier to choose what to order.


Mission Taqueria

We started with a round of drinks from their cocktail menu. They were both refreshing and perfectly hit the spot.



We started with an order of Chips and Guac, because nothing pairs better with cocktails than that. The chips were crispy and the guac was creamy and packed with flavor. We demolished this bowl of chips.


Chips and Guac

We also split an order of the Empanadas. There really aren’t too many places to get an empanada in Baltimore so whenever I order them, it’s a real treat. These were filled with grilled plantains, poblano peppers, and Oaxaca cheese. Even better, it was served with a crema for dipping and we could not get enough. There was serious contemplation about if we should place a second order.



The real reason we came to Mission was for the Tacos. There were only three types on the midday menu so we opted to get one of each. Between the carnitas, chicken in mole negro, and fried mahi mahi – my favorite was the fish taco. It came with jalapeno mayo, pickled cabbage, and a slice of avocado. Even though it was fried, it tasted super fresh.


Fried Mahi Mahi Taco



Mission Taqueria is located at 516 Sansom St, Philadelphia

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