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El Rey in Philadelphia: 2014 Update

I published my initial thoughts on El Rey, Stephen Starr‘s Rittenhouse Square-area Mexican restaurant, back in November of 2010. Since then I have continued to visit El Rey regularly for lunch while in the city, and it remains pretty much one of my favorite spots in the area for a tasty and reasonably priced midday meal.

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El Rey Mexican Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A Review

Good Food, Great Service, and a Fun Interior Make This Stephen Starr Restaurant Worth Visiting

Stephen Starr has been a major player in Philadelphia’s dining scene since the 1990s, and recently brought his second Mexican restaurant to the city: El Rey. Taking over an old, seedy diner location on Chestnut Street, just north of Rittenhouse Square, El Rey retains much of the original funky atmosphere to create the feel of a Mexican roadside dive. Yet the food and drink at El Rey is definitely a far step beyond average, featuring fresh ingredients and home-style Mexican cuisine.

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