Philly Dining Spotlight: REVOLUTION TACO Rittenhouse Square

Friday, February 3, 2017

Philly Food Truck Owners Start Brick and Mortar:

Revolution Taco in Rittenhouse Square 

POST UPDATE: 2/3/2017 - Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan's Revolution Taco is the fast casual brick and mortar concept from two food truck owners (Taco Mondo and Say Cheese Philadelphia). Tinsel & Tine was invited recently to celebrate the restaurant's One Year Anniversary where we tasted some dishes from their new menu (see below).
And below that is my original post from the opening celebration Jan 30, 2016.

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Revolution Taco has also added Tamales to their new menu, but I'm just not a fan of tamales, never have been, there's something about the texture, maybe it's the steaming process, I don't know, but I've never had a good tamale, so, no picture.

By Tinsel & Tine Editor Le Anne Lindsay

On January 8th I got invited to the opening of a new eat in, but mainly take-out, specialty, designer taco spot called REVOLUTION TACO (2015 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103). The joint is jointly owned by Philly Food Truck'ees  Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen and Alan Krawitz, of Street Food Philly, Taco Mondo and Say Cheese.

The party maintained an abundant taco frenzy all night - every 5 minutes a tray with another variety of succulent soft taco would come into the crowd and be gone in seconds.  In between we enjoyed Guacomole and chips the way I like it - chunky. And it wouldn't be a party without Sangria and Margarita's, but sorry folks, that was strictly for the opening, Revolution Taco does not serve alcohol, at least not yet.

Revolution Taco's decor is minimal, a few tables and chairs, counter seating in the window, menu board on one side, pepper wall on the other - customers are invited to help fill the 120 spaces available on the wall with unusual peppers.

So what else sets them apart from other taco shops in this city? Revolution Taco uses the taco shell as a vehicle to create unique global flavors. Some menu highlights include: house-made chorizo, homemade kimchi, confit duck, slow braised tongue, glazed pork belly, fried tofu, smoked pork cheek and more... 10 types of tacos in all, plus weekly specials.  Mike was telling me a bit about his meat smoking expertise, which really shows in the Chipotle BBQ Brisket Taco.

But my favorite sampling of the night wasn't even a taco, and happened to be vegetarian, I can't wait to go back for the Spinach & Fontina Empanada! The seasoned wilted spinach and piping hot cheese, dripping from a crusty pie twinkling with a dusting of sea salt: 4 TINES and a steal at $4.

Most tacos range in price between $8 for 2 or 3 for $10, Burritos and Burrito Bowls are also offered.

Spinach & Fontina Empanada

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If you're a Regular Reader you may be saying, okay enough "Tine", where's the "Tinsel"?

There just haven't been any movies out I want to see.  I will do a piece on "Pride + Prejudice + Zombies" due 2/5. And Guest Contributor Connor Bartholomew will do the review of Dakota Johnson's "How to be Single" due 2/12.

I did go to PIFVA's (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association) Cinema Speakeasy at L'Etage, featuring a retrospective of shorts by a young Philly filmmaker, Bryan Green, which included the Philadelphia premiere of his latest, THE PHILADELPHIA BICYCLE VIGNETTE STORY.  The film is best described as an off-kilter satire depicting ongoing issues affecting society, Philly in particular, but not mean spirited, and often rather entertaining. It took Green 5 years to complete the project and now he's moving out of the city, so the evening was a nice send off for him, as a lot of the cast, crew and his friends were in attendance.  I Periscoped the Post Screening Q&A, which was too dark to get good video, but you can hear the audio on Youtube.

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