El Vez

Modern Mexican

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Overview

El Vez is a colorful Washington Square West restaurant replete with velvet banquettes, art installations and a photo booth from Starr Restaurants Group. Mexican-American fare shines in dishes like red chile chicken enchiladas, crispy mahi-mahi tacos or pasilla-braised pork stew with hominy. The center bar, topped with a gold-plated bicycle, pours pitchers of margaritas, like the crowd-favorite frozen blood orange margarita or cocktails like the Caipirinha or Pomelo Rosa.

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Accolades

  • Semi-Finalist: James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur, 2014 - 2015

Menu for El Vez

Lunch Menu

Guacamole

  • El Vez Guacamole el vez "the original" tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime
  • Cesar Chavez tomato, basil, onions, oaxaca cheese, pasilla-balsamic sauce
  • Indian Red Lopez spicy crab, cilantro, salsa roja
  • De La Hoya traditional oaxacan style roasted garlic, white onion, basil
  • "Bazooka" Limon goat cheese, pistachio, chile flake, roasted tomato
  • Tito Santana mango, red bell peppers, jicama, habanero and serrano chiles

Salsa

  • Chips and Salsa tomato, red onion, jalapeno and lime
  • Melted Manchego manchego cheese, sweet onions
  • Crab and Cactus Salsa tomatos, cilantro, fresh lime juice

Poquito Dinero Lunch

1st Course

  • Tortilla Soup shredded chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, crema fresca, queso fresco
  • Mexican Chopped Salad romaine, watercress, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, chayote, corn, black beans with queso fresco, crispy tortillas, chipotle ranch or cumin-lime vinaigrette
  • Tijuana's Original Ce'sar romaine hearts, garlic dressing, fresh grated cotija cheese, fried croutons

2nd Course

  • Vaca Frita Burrito braised short rib, avocado, white rice, black beans, jalapeno
  • Black Bean Enchiladas caramelized onions, chihuahua cheese, smoked yellow tomato sauce
  • Chicken Tacos chihuahua cheese, avocado, tomatillo and tomato salsa, crema
  • Torta De Pollo roasted hot peppers, spinach, lemon aioli, oaxaca cheese

Appetizers

  • Chicken Tinga Quesadilla 3 cheese blend, bacon, red onion and poblano crema
  • Queso Fundido Con Carne melted mexican cheeses with your choice of traditional rojo chorizo, verde chorizo or a combination. served with fresh flour tortillas
  • Queso Fundido De Hongos melted cheeses with truffled wild mushrooms and huitlacoche. served with flour tortillas
  • Macho Nachos chorizo, black beans, smoked chile salsa, sour cream, white cheddar and monterey jack
  • Nacho Mamma black beans, smoked chile salsa, crema fresca, white cheddar, monterey jack
  • Open Face Shrimp Quesadilla 3 cheese blend with tomatoes, pasilla sauce, pickled jalapenos, avocado espuma

Soups and Salads

  • Adobo Tuna Salad seared tuna, avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes
  • Tortilla Soup shredded chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, crema fresca
  • Mexican Chopped Salad romaine, watercress, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, chayote, corn, black beans, queso fresco, crispy tortillas and chipotle ranch or cumin-lime vinaigrette. Add adobo chicken, grilled steak or pasilla shrimp
  • Tijuana's Original Ce'sar Salad romaine hearts, garlic dressing, fresh grated cotija cheese, fried croutons. Add adobo chicken, grilled steak or pasilla shrimp

Tortas and Eggs

  • El Vez Burger smoked poblano aioli, lettuce, tomato, avocado. Add bacon and chihuahua cheese
  • Crab and Corn Omelet lump crab, poblanos, chihuahua cheese topped with chipotle pico de gallo
  • Huevos Rancheros two fried eggs, warm black beans, chorizo sausage, avocado, salsa mexicana, cilantro and ranchero sauce
  • Torta De Pollo roasted hot peppers, spinach, lemon aioli and oaxaca cheese

Burritos, Tacos and Enchiladas

  • Vaca Frita Burrito braised short rib, avocado, white rice, black beans, jalapeos
  • Burrito De Hongos green chile, portabellos, sweet potato, roasted corn salsa, spinach
  • Grilled Beef Tacos roasted tomatillo-chipotle salsa, pico de gallo
  • Carnitas Tacos pork confit, diced white onion, cilantro and salsa verde cruda
  • Crispy Mahi-Mahi Tacos red cabbage, avocado, chipotle pepper remoulade
  • Chicken Tacos chihuahua cheese, avocado, tomatillo and tomato salsa, crema
  • Black Bean Enchiladas caramelized onions, chihuahua cheese, smoked yellow tomato sauce
  • Red Chili

Dinner Menu

Guacamole

  • El Vez "the original" tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime
  • Cesar Chavez tomato, basil, onions, oaxaca cheese, pasilla-balsamic sauce
  • Indian Red Lopez spicy crab, cilantro, salsa roja
  • De La Hoya traditional oaxacan style roasted garlic, white onion, basil
  • "Bazooka" Limon goat cheese, pistachio, chile flake, roasted tomato
  • Tito Santana mango, red bell peppers, jicama, habanero and serrano chiles

Nachos and Salsas

  • Macho Nachos chorizo, black beans, smoked chili salsa, crema fresca, white cheddar, monterey jack
  • Nacho Mamma black beans, smoked chili salsa, crema fresca, white cheddar, monterey jack
  • Chips and Salsa tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, lime
  • Melted Manchego manchego cheese, sweet onions
  • Crab and Cactus Salsa tomato, cilantro, fresh lime juice

Soups and Salads

  • Tortilla Soup shredded chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, crema fresca
  • Mexican Chopped Salad romaine, watercress, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, chayote, corn, black beans, queso fresco, crispy tortillas and chipotle ranch or cumin-lime vinaigrette. Add Adobo chicken, grilled steak or Pasilla shrimp
  • Tijuana's Original Ce'sar Salad romaine hearts, garlic dressing, fresh grated cotija cheese, fried croutons. Add Adobo chicken, grilled steak or Pasilla shrimp

Appetizers

  • Red Snapper Ceviche guajillo citrus, avocado puree, crispy plantains
  • Tuna Tostadas serranos, avocado, red onion and chipotle mayo
  • Open Face Chicken Tinga Quesadilla 3 cheese blend, bacon, red onion and poblano crema
  • Queso Fundido Con Carne melted mexican cheeses with your choice of traditional rojo chorizo, verde chorizo or a combination. fresh flour tortillas
  • Queso Fundido De Hongos melted cheeses with fresh truffled wild mushrooms and huitlacoche. s`erved with flour tortillas
  • Open Face Shrimp Quesadilla 3 cheese blend, bacon, red onion, poblano crema

Tacos and Enchiladas

  • Sea Bass Tacos sweet potato puree, grilled scallion, fried jalapenos
  • Grilled Beef Tacos roasted tomatillo-chipotle salsa, pico de gallo
  • Chicken Tacos chihuahua cheese, avocado, tomatillo and tomato salsa, crema
  • Crispy Mahi-Mahi Tacos red cabbage, avocado, chipotle pepper remoulade
  • Carnitas Tacos pork confit, diced white onion, cilantro, salsa verde cruda
  • Colache Tacos sauted mexican zucchini, corn, red bell peppers, plum tomato, poblanos, seared queso fresco and roasted tomatillo salsa
  • Shrimp Tacos avacado,citija cheese, salsa de arbol
  • Taco Tasting Platter sea bass, beef, chicken, carnitas, mahi
  • Black Bean Enchiladas caramelized onions, chihuahua cheese, smoked yellow tomato sauce
  • Red Chile

Brunch Menu

Buenos Dias!

  • Huevos Rancheros two fried eggs, black beans, chorizo sausage, avocado, salsa mexicana, cilantro, ranchero sauce
  • Crab and Corn Omelet lump crab, poblanos, chihuahua cheese, topped with chipotle pico de gallo, served with crispy yucca
  • Steak and Egg Chilaquiles skirt steak with red chili corn tortillas, wild mushrooms and topped with eggs over easy
  • Breakfast Burrito scrambled eggs, chorizo, diced potatoes, bacon and chihuahua cheese with baby arugula salad
  • Huevos Y Chorizo build your own tacos with chorizo, scrambled eggs, flour tortillas, pico de gallo, crema, black beans, guacamole
  • Verde Chorizo and Goat Cheese Omelet with avocado tomatillo salsa and served with cripy yucca
  • Huevos Sopes poached eggs on fresh corn and chili sopes, sliced smoked pork, chipotle hollandaise
  • Mexican Waffle malted waffle with canella whipped cream, shaved mexican chocolate and hot mexican chocolate sauce
  • El Vez Burger smoked poblano aioli, lettuce, tomato, avocado. Add bacon and chihuahua cheese

Specialty Cocktails

  • Traditional Bloody Mary - Cochino Caliente Bloody Mary habanero-infused silver tequila, bacon and chipotle blend
  • El Vez Bloody Mary cuervo gold and chipotle salt
  • Mimosas your choice of : guava, blood orange or traditional
  • Virgin Margaritas el vez, jamaica or pomegranate
  • Soft Drinks coca cola, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale, lemonade, iced tea
  • Mexican Coca Cola hecho en mexico
  • Coffee and Hot Tea

Guacamole

  • El Vez "The Original" tomato, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, lime
  • Cesar Chavez tomato, basil, onion, oaxaca cheese, pasilla-balsamic sauce
  • "Indian Red Lopez spicy crab, cilantro, salsa roja
  • De La Hoya traditional oaxacan style roasted garlic, white onion, basil
  • "Bazooka" Limon goat cheese, pistachio, chile flake, roasted tomato
  • Tito Santana mango, red bell peppers, jicama, habanero and serrano chiles

Nachos and Salsas

  • Macho Nachos shredded steak, black beans, smoked chili salsa, crema fresca, white cheddar, monterey jack
  • Nacho Mamma black beans, smoked chili salsa, crema fresca, white cheddar, monterey jack
  • Chips and Salsa tomato, red onion, jalapenos, lime
  • Melted Manchego manchego cheese, sweet onions
  • Crab and Cactus Salsa tomatoes, cilantro, fresh lime juice

Soup and Salads

  • Tortilla Soup chicken, avocado, crunchy tortillas, crema fresca, queso fresco
  • Mexican Chopped Salad romaine, watercress, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, chayote, corn, black beans, queso fresco, crispy tortillas, chipotle ranch or cumin-lime vinaigrette. Add Adobo chicken, Grilled Steak or Pasilla Shrimp
  • Tijuana's Original Ce'sar Salad romaine hearts, garlic dressing, fresh grated cotija cheese, fried croutons. Add Adobo Chicken, grilled steak or Pasilla Shrimp

Appetizers

  • Red Snapper Ceviche guajillo citrus, avocado puree, crispy plantains
  • Tuna Tostadas serranos, avocado, red onion and chipotle mayo
  • Flautas Con Queso potato puree, salsa verde and roja, queso mixto and crema
  • Chicken Tinga Quesadilla 3 cheese blend, bacon, red onion, chipotle mayo
  • Queso Fundido Con Carne melted mexican cheeses with your choice of traditional rojo chorizo, verde chorizo or a combination. fresh flour tortillas
  • Queso Fundido De Hongos melted cheeses with fresh truffled wild mushrooms and huitlacoche. served with flour tortillas
  • Open Face Shrimp Quesadilla 3 cheese blend with tomatoes, pasilla sauce, pickled jalapenos, avocado espuma

Tacos and Enchiladas

  • Sea Bass Tacos sweet potato puree, grilled scallions, fried jalapeno
  • Grilled Beef Tacos roasted tomatillo-chipotle salsa, pico de gallo
  • Chicken Tacos chihuahua cheese, avocado, tomatillo and tomato salsa, crema
  • Crispy Mahi-Mahi Tacos red cabbage, avocado, chipotle pepper remoulade
  • Colache Tacos sauteed mexican zucchini, corm, red bell peppers, plum tomato, poblanos, seared queso fresco, roasted tomatillo salsa
  • Carnitas Tacos pork confit, diced white onion, cilantro, salsa verde cruda
  • Shrimp Tacos avocado, cotija chese and salsa de arbol
  • Taco Tasting Platter sea bass, beef, chicken, carnitas, mahi
  • Black Bean Enchiladas caramelized onions, chihuahua cheese, smoked yellow tomato sauce
  • Chicken Enchilada red chile guajillo sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, jack cheese, crema
  • Shrimp Enchiladas tomato, olives and capers in roasted tomatillo-cilantro sauce
  • Hibiscus Enchiladas beets, carrots, jicama with tomato-chipotle sauce, crema and queso fresco
  • Enchiladas Mixtas chicken suizas, shrimp and hibiscus with traditional garnishes

Entrees

  • Carne Asada grilled flat iron, creamed corn and jalapenos, tomatillo escabeche and guajillo steak sauce
  • Red Snapper a La Veracruzana green rice, olive caper sauce
  • Pasilla Braised Pork hominy and pork stew, aji vigaron salad, corn tortillas
  • Camarones Al Ajillo shrimp, sofrito crab tamale, garlic, almond-tomato pipian
  • Lobster Esquites whole lobster, local corn with queso fresco and cotija

Tacos Al Carbon Built for Two

  • Adobo Chicken
  • Char-Grilled Beef
  • Pasilla Grilled Shrimp
  • Grilled Portobello Mushroom
  • Combo (Choice of Two)

Sides

  • Grilled Corn on the Cob with lime chipotle and queso fresco
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Creamy Poblano Corn Rice
  • Plantains Con Queso
  • Refried Beans
  • Fresh Corn Tortillas
  • Black Beans and White Rice

121 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Details
  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Eclectic, Lively, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (215) 928-9800
  • Private Dining Room: Yes