I don’t know about you, but I can eat Mexican Food all day, every day, for the rest of my life. I truly never get tired of it. I am always trying to find new Mexican restaurants in Philadelphia, and while it’s pretty hard to beat my all-time favorite, Tequila’s, I never stop trying.
One day, a friend and I decided to venture into an unknown neighborhood, aka South Philly/Bella Vista, and try this little hole in the wall I had discovered one day while browsing Yelp, Tres Jalapeños.
We walked in, and I was pleasantly surprised at how large the joint actually was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a hole in the wall. But a big one.
We took a look at the menu… and decided to have a full on pig-out. While they serve chips and salsa to the table, we also decided to start with an order of nachos. I have to admit, the nachos were a tad depressing (don’t even get me started on the amazing Nachos at Jose Pistola’s…) but they were still pretty yummy to eat (I mean.. you can’t go wrong with cheese, beans, and guacamole.)
As for our main course, I went with the chicken tacos. Three flour (never corn for me) tortillas loaded with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. My friend went with a wet mole burrito, filled with chicken, beans, and rice. While they weren’t the most visually appetizing, they were pleasantly delicious. If I go back, I’d probably try their fajitas next (on special every Wednesday!)
Since we had already decided to pig out, of course we went for dessert- a plate of sopapillas. For those of you who may not know what this dish is (my college roommate introduced me to them during one of our many “I don’t feel like studying so let’s go to Don Pablo’s” trips), a sopapilla is a kind of fried pastry and a type of quick bread served in several regions with Spanish heritage in the Americas (thanks Wikipedia). These bad boys came covered in whipped cream, rainbow jimmies, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (but I’ve also seen them elsewhere covered in powdered sugar with a caramel dipping sauce).
All in all, I’d say our Tres Jalapeños adventure was a success. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, I suggest trying it out. For what it is, it’s worth it. Oh and I almost forgot the best part. All of this was a mere $59! Totally worth it.
Specials: Margarita’s every day for $5! Fajita Wednesday is $10 for chicken and portobello, $11 shrimp and steak. And most importantly, Taco Tuesday: Unlimited Tacos (no fish and shrimp) for $18.45! (Check out the rest of their daily specials on their website.