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Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos for all ya'll gringos) is a tradition based in Mexico but celebrated all over the world. It centers around the gathering of family and friends to honor, remember and celebrate passed-on spirits through celebration, eating, singing, dancing and partying. The familiar calavera, or sugar skull, is meant as an homage to the deceasead, usually shown in bright colors doing something fun. Day of the Dead lands on November 2, coinciding with the Catholic holy day of All Souls, but some local Mexican restaurants are getting into the spirit now. After the jump, peep Meal Ticket's round-up of deadly cool DotD menus.
Creepy Prix-Fixe dinner at El Rey
$30 for 4 courses, Saturday October 30-Tuesday November 1
Executive chef Dionicio Jiminez is trying to creep you out. El Reys celebrating Halloween weekend & Dia de los Muertos by attempting to trick AND treat your tastebuds with a menu worthy of Fear Factor. Items like guacamole with grasshoppers, quesadilla with brains and heart and tongue tacos are on hand. Fear not, wussies, each menu item has a safe option, and the dinner gets you a complimentary shot of Sauza.
El Rey 2013 Chestnut St 215-563-3330 elreyrestaurant.com
Heart & Soul Dinner at Xochitl
$45 for 5 courses, Tuesday November 2
Corazon (heart), Alma (soul) and Sangre (blood) are the themes of chef Lucio Palazzo
s Day of the Dead dinner on Tuesday. Expect items like Piel (chicharrones with salsa verde and apple), Higado (foie gras-and-duck confit empanada with shaved hubbard squash and pomegranate-chipotle salsa) and Sangre (blood sausages with beets, fennel, and walnut-tequila vinaigrette). And thats just the beginning. There will be plenty of margaritas, though drinks are not included in the prix-fixe price.
Xochitl 408 S 2nd St 215-238-7280 xochitlphilly.com
Day of the Dead Celebration at Distrito
Tuesday November 2 beginning at 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
There is something for everyone as Jose Garces
s Distrito celebrates Dia de los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead. Not only will there be DJs and face-painters but also street food specials at the bar: assorted alambres (skewers) of hanger steak, shrimp and chicken for $6-$7 and Nachos Ignacio with black beans, poblano, queso and pickled jalapenos ($7), plus beer specials on Tecate and Modelo Especial ($2), Dos Equis ($4) and specialty cocktails for $5. Beginning at 8 p.m. there is a specialty Day of the Dead/Herradura tequila Dinner for $65 per person. Included is hiramasa ceviche with blood orange segments, red chile-and-pork tamale with Oaxacan black mole and much more. Reservations are highly recommended. A portion of the days proceeds with go to Puentes De Salud, a local non profit that benefits the wellbeing of Phillys Latinos.
Distrito 3945 Chestnut St 215-222-1657 distritorestaurant.com
El Vez Halloween/Dia de los Muertos Party
Saturday October 30 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
For some late night Halloween fun, stop by El Vez to partake in their costume contest and to enjoy their late night happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be a tasting sponsored by Dulce Vita, an organic 100-proof Tequila from the highlands of Mexico. DJ MG will be providing music throughout the night. And of course, dont forget the seven (!) kinds of guacamole.
El Vez 121 S 13th St 215-928-9800 elvezrestaurant.com