Matt and I seem to be starting a tradition of checking out random South Philly restaurants. Matt had a performance at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday so on our way home we parked off of Passyunk at Morris and wandered around until we found Cantina Los Caballitos.
Seats outside on a warm autumn day definitely swayed our decision to stop here, along with the brunch menu all day and cute decor.
The prices were reasonable and the menu had some standard choices along with some unique ideas, such as the costillitas, which Matt ordered.
The specials included Mexican Hot Dog and the breakfast empanadas, which I ordered.
We got free (yay!) homemade tortilla chips, fried fresh every morning with two salsas: spicy tomatillo and sweet tomato. The chips were perfect. I liked the tomatillo salsa and Matt liked the tomato, so it worked out really well for us.
$4.50 classic margaritas! Good amount of liquor! And yummy! The perfect size and perfect price.
Matt’s prickly pear margarita was $5.50 and a bit sweet, but he ordered a second so I am assuming he liked it.
Matt’s ribs with pickled jalapenos and pineapple were tender, sweet and sour, and a bit spicy. The appetizer size for $12 came with 5 ribs.
My breakfast special, empandas with egg, spinach, tomato, and cotija, were $8. The cotija dip was like crack. It made this dish. I don’t know what else was in it besides the cheese and some cilantro, but if the chef knows what’s good for him, he won’t give away the secret recipe to anyone.
The filling wasn’t amazing–the egg was a bit crumbly and tasteless, but the outside was crisp but a little doughy with great fresh flavor.
Did I mention the cojita? I almost licked clean this tiny bowl and asked for more.
We’ll be back. That seems to be a thumbs up/thumbs down barometer for us these days.
There is a moral to this story, too, readers: you can have fun when times are tough. If you can’t afford to leave your town or city or state for a weekend or longer, explore your own. Matt and I had never walked around this part of Philadelphia before even though we live here so this afternoon was like a travel adventure. We turned our phones off and experienced the food, the neighborhood, the day. It lifted some worry from our hearts and weight from our shoulders.