If you’ve ever experienced the tragedy of getting a few chips into a plate of nachos before learning the toppings have been spread unevenly, we recommend an immediate trip to El Rey in Rittenhouse. The menu is full of your standard Mexican dishes, and you can’t go wrong with the short rib enchiladas and the chile relleno, or their impeccably designed nachos, which come in a pizza pan as all nachos should
The space is like a festive, retro diner full of booths, long tables, and vintage movie posters plastering the walls, all of which make it a good spot for an afterwork team outing or a last-minute birthday dinner. During Happy Hour, they’ve got dollar tacos (go for the steak and fish options), $2 beers, and $4 margaritas. It gets pretty crowded, so get there early if you want a seat. As a bonus, they also do lunch during the week and weekend brunch, which is almost never crowded. Come with a group and make sure to get the eggs Benedict made with chorizo and jalapeno hollandaise.