Continuing the Trend: Dia De Los Burritos

Hidden right off the main strip, Dia De Los Burritos brings the taste and sights of Mexico to Pitman, New Jersey. Burrito joints like Chipotle, Moe’s, and more are popping up in every town. The difference? Dia De Los Burritos brings a hometown and comfortable feeling. A tiny restaurant, with a big future.

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A customer is choosing what kind of burrito she would like on the clip board. The board of the menu is in the background to the right.

Right off of Broadway on Pitman Avenue, Dia De Los Burritos opens their doors at 11:30AM everyday and closes them at 7PM during the week, and 8PM on the weekends. Instead of the normal Italian food, grabbing a burrito bowl or a taco would be a great change before walking throughout town or seeing a show at the Broadway Theatre.
With the mass amount of burrito restaurants appearing rapidly through the Northeast, it is easy to be accustomed to the same atmosphere. At chain restaurants, the tables are the same, the music is the same, and usually even the workers act the same. Walking past Dia De Los Burritos a person can just feel the different vibe that the restaurant brings. There are tables set up like picnic tables and customers are greeted face-to-face once they arrive. There is calming and fresh music playing. At night, there are Christmas lights hanging on the windows which creates a modern and cozy feeling. This generates a warm feeling and makes the customers and staff feel comfortable with one another. It seems as though these conditions are hard to come by these days!

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Chicken and cheese quesadilla with sour cream and salsa on the side.

Rowan University students should take full advantage of this! Getting away from the campus for just a night would be an eye-opening and surprising opportunity. Glassboro is close enough to Pitman where it is no hassle to find yourself a nice night with the girls or your boys with some delicious burritos and tacos for only a five minute drive.
Plus: Dia De Los Burritos features vegan and vegetarian tacos and burritos! Food for everyone.
If you’re looking for something different, yet similar go to Dia De Los Burritos! You will not be disappointed.IMG_0133

 

Mexican Mania: El Vez

Margaritas. Guacamole. Nachos. Do you really need anything else in life? Modern Mexican restaurant, El Vez, is known for each of these items! El Vez is located on 13th and Sansom in Philadelphia. El Vez is perfect for a night in the city, happy hour with coworkers, or a lunch date with old friends.

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Chicken Taco from their lunch special.

El Vez has a lunch special Monday through Friday from 11:30AM until 3:00PM for about $16. This includes a soup or salad followed by a choice of Vaca Frita Burritos, Black Bean Enchiladas, Chicken Tacos, or Torta de Pollo with a soft drink.
Not looking for a meal? No worries! Margaritas and guacamole are the main crowd pleasers! The margaritas are known for their realness. They are made naturally with no sour mixes. There are six different guacamoles to choose from. The favorites are the El Vez (“The Original”) and the “Bazooka” Limon which includes goat cheese, chile flake, pistachio, and roasted tomatoes.

Looking around El Vez, is unlike any other restaurants in the area. Walking into the restaurant, you are greeted by hostesses to the left. Right in front of you is the bar; but not just any bar. This bar has a rotating motorcycle smack-dab in the center which was ridden by wrestler De La Hoya when he was going to his last fight. Since El Vez is named after the Mexican Elvis Impersonator, there is a huge portrait of Elvis with a subtle hint of Mexican

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The “dancers de muertes” are featured on the wall behind the large booths.

heritage surrounding him in the landscape. There is even a photo booth! The most unique part of El Vez is the wall of “dancers de muertes”. There are tiny 3-D boxes covering a wall, each unique with a different story for the Day of the Dead, a famous holiday in Mexico. If you ever fear there being a shortage in conversation between you and a companion, El Vez can help you! There are conversations all around the restaurant.

El Vez is owned by restaurant master, Steven Starr. Starr owns 31 restaurants across the United States; including two in New Jersey and nineteen in Philadelphia. Many of these restaurants are well-known and have even been featured in the public eye. Starr’s restaurant, Buddakan, is located in New York City; the restaurant made an appearance as Carrie and Mr. Big’s rehearsal dinner location in the Sex and the City movie. Also, actress Katie Lee chose to talk about El Vez’s nachos on the show “Guilty Pleasures” on the Food Network. Starr also cares about his customers. While at any of the Starr restaurants, customers will be comfortable. Comfortable in knowing that they will be taken care of and cared for. Starr goes beyond the limit of just your average restaurant owner; he even goes as far as making sure the temperature of the restaurant will be satisfying and relaxing for it’s customers. After all, that’s what most people desire when going out; being comIMG_0059fortable in the unknown.

For more information on El Vez, go to elvezrestaurant.com or call 215-928-9800.