Sunday, June 04, 2006

Plaza Garibaldi

andy and pepsi
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The 884 collective went to a new Mexican restaurant! After careful reading over at Holly Eats, we decided to give Plaza Garibaldi a try. It's directly across Washington Ave from our aforementioned favorite, Vera Cruzan.

Queso Fundido
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To start, we shared the Queso Fundido. Adam, over at The Amateur Gourmet would surely have some play on words to describe this dish, but all I'm going to say is, you must eat this dip! It's awfully bad for you, but it's so wonderful to put in your mouth. A crock is filled with cooked ground chorizo sausage and covered with cheese, then baked until it's warm and gooey. It's served with warm flour tortillas, but we also found that it made a great dip for the chips.

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I had the Gringa entree. It was a nice mixed grill of red and green peppers, onions, marinated chicken and steak. Served with rice and beans. The meat was well cooked, but lacked a little spice.

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Uhlie had the Chicken enchiladas with Mole sauce. I'm not a huge fan of Mole, but Uhlie loves it and she said this was some of the better mole that she's had in the city. Andy had the carne asada, and reported a superior experience at Plaza Garibaldi as compared to Veracruzan. I took a picture, but it was both blurry and unflattering to everything captured within the frame.

Ultimately, we liked Plaza Garibaldi. The entrees are a step above the ones we've tried at Veracruzan. The atmosphere is also a little nicer, you feel like you're in a restaurant and not just a taqueria. Plaza Garibaldi is also a BYO, so we enjoyed some wine with dinner and found that Garibaldi is a few dollars cheaper than Veracruzan. The major downfall at Plaza Garibaldi would have to be their chips and salsa. Both baskets of chips that arrived at our table were cold. And unlike the obviously fresh fried chips at Veracruzan, these chips may have been made off site.

935 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 922-2370
Monday - Thursday 10:30 - 10:30
Friday - Sunday 10:30 - 11:00
Plaza Garibaldi in Philadelphia


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