Friday, July 31, 2015

Taqueria coming to Girard Avenue

Chef Nick Farina of Bryn Mawr's Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar (who also has a taco truck) is coming into the 215 to open Union Taco, a 20-seater, at 712 W. Girard Ave. in early October.

Taqueria coming to Girard Avenue

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Union Taco will take the spot at 712 W. Girard Ave. marked "A."
Union Taco will take the spot at 712 W. Girard Ave. marked "A." Google

Gotta love these Girard Avenue taquerias.

These? Not sooner had Shifty's Taco opened at 2730 W. Girard Ave. in Brewerytown when a second tortilla slinger signed up, on the other side of town.

Chef Nick Farina of Bryn Mawr's Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar (who also has a taco truck) is coming down to the 215 to open Union Taco, a 20-seater, at 712 W. Girard Ave. in early October.

That's the former Tiffin Etc., the quick-serve next door to the flagship Tiffin Indian restaurant. Tiffin will remain.

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Union Taco will be open for lunch and dinner daily and will stay open late nights on weekends. The menu will include a half dozen 6-inch soft tacos stuffed into housemade tortillas, tortas, Mexican flatbread pizzas, and churros. Pricing will be $6 for two tacos, $7 for tortas, $8 to $12 for flatbread pizzas and $3 per bag of churros, which will be served with spicy Mexican chocolate dipping sauce.

Tacos can be made into tortas, for those who want their street food a sandwich. Opening options include Pork Carnitas with Pomegranate, Spinach and Barbeque Sauce; Sliced Kobe Beef with Figs and Housemade Tres Queso; Flash Fried Mahi-Mahi with Soy Ginger, Carrot Slaw and Cabbage; Grilled Seasonal Vegetables with Huitlacoche; Pork Cheeks with Pickled Tomatillo Salsa and Pork Jus; and Pulled Chicken with Chile Relish.

Mexican flatbreads include Confit Chicken with Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes; Duck with Fig and Manchego; and Rabbit with Chanterelles and Queso Fresco.

Union Taco will offer Mexican sodas and ingredients for specialty margaritas for those who BYOT.

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