Philadelphia, PA - El Merkury, a Guatemalan restaurateur opened Philly’s first Central American street food shop. The quick-service kitchen specializes in pupusas, taquitos and churros.
"El Merkury is a dream project walking to reality. The concept is Central American Street food and the inspiration behind the menu is the Mayan food staples. In case you skipped that history lesson- Mayans were gatherers first, hunters second, and their diet was based on corn, beans, chillis and chocolate (from this choice of foods you can tell they were obvs smart). These staples are also the basis for our Merk menu."
"The idea behind this concept is that we can represent the under-represented countries whose perceptions are sometimes shadowed by news that sell (murder, criminals, drugs) and instead shine a different light by showing the awesomeness that they have. In other words we want to represent Central America through food! Everyone eats so." - El Merkury Website
2104 Chestnut Street, (267) 457-5952, www.elmerkury.com
Center City Philadelphia Newest Restaurants for Summer 2018 - It’s summertime, and the eating’s breezy. The dining scene in Philadelphia continues to sizzle with new Latin American restaurant, El Merkury quick snack options like LUHV Vegan Deli and upscale drinking garden Harper’s Garden. The following are just some of the latest additions to the must-try list: