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Tepito Enters the All-You-Can-Eat Game On Tuesdays

Aug 8, 2016 | 16:23 Mon
Deals Tested: We kick the tires on various food, drink or miscellaneous deals so you don't have to.
A few months ago on the classic corner of Changle Lu and Fumin Lu, restaurateur Kelley Lee (Liquid Laundry, Sproutworks) transformed her long-running Tex-Mex joint Cantina Agave into the sleek and colorful Tepito, named after one of Mexico City's most dangerous neighborhoods. The upgrade to modern tapas and fare like menudo and tortas has been divisive. The salsa bar is gone, but the place looks great and has some fine lunch and brunch deals. Last week, they introduced Margarita Mondays (buy a margarita, get a free taco), and a take on one of America's better traditions: Taco Tuesdays.

The Deal: On Tuesdays, they have all-you-can-eat tacos -- any tacos on the menu -- for 100rmb from 11am-3pm and 5pm-10.30pm. Add another 100rmb and get free-flow beer and sangria for two hours.


The Tuesday tacos are the same kind Tepito serves every day of the week: high quality ingredients cooked to order and arranged minimally in corn tortillas. This is no college bar feed trough or American middle school cafeteria. They come in varieties like grilled pork neck, carne asada (yes), baja shrimp (also yes), wild mushroom (yep), rajas con crema y pollo, and the taco of the day. They look small but they're filling. Also, they cost 25rmb each, or six for 125rmb, so you need to eat at least five to save any pesos. Last Tuesday, three of SmartShanghai's larger editors averaged seven tacos each, with zero regret. Then, a well-known chef around town came through and housed twenty tacos. The deal rewards gluttony, and it's great for those with wolfish appetites.

As for the free-flow Tsingtao and sangria for 100rmb, well, you're better off arriving during happy hour, from 3-7pm, where drinks are buy-one-get-one. Coronas are 35rmb, so for roughly the same price, you can get six of those.

Some notes: First, the complimentary chips and salsa are really good. The second bowl or third bowl is not free, which the server may or may not tell you. Second, the staff are watching closely to see just who is eating what. Don't pass off a taco to a friend that's just "having a beer." They'll get charged 25rmb. Finally, some Selena, cumbia, or reggaeton would complete the Mexico City vibe more than Drake and other Top 40. Still, solid deal. Oh, skip the free rice and beans -- you'll need the room.


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