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Jen Zavala Opens East Passyunk’s New Tamale House

Chef Jen Zavala and her “Juana Tamale” pop-up get a brick-and-mortar permanent home in South Philly.

We’ve been onto Chef Jen Zavala forever, long before her time on the Bravo Network’s Top Chef as a knife-wielding contestant and prior to her hook up at El Camino Real. Along with acting as a profound cannabis activist before weed went legal, Zavala held the note on a mobile tamales-on-wheels food van as well as developing a menu of tamales, ramen and birria tacos (the newly famous traditional Mexican savory stew of goat, veal, beef or pork, now done as vegan) at Underground Arts, late night, in the Eraserhood. Who didn’t love seeing and eating out of Zavala’s Juana Tamale pop-ups?

Sorries, however, are in order as Zavala’s catering to zesty food truck fanatics and culinary traffickers is closed for now, as, finally, Jen has a permanent, brick and mortar location to call her own at 1941 East Passyunk through the summer months.

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“This is your first firework to set off this holiday weekend,” Zavala wrote on her Instagram page right at the top of the long Independence Day holiday. “Maybe you heard me on @prestonandsteveshow the other day say it. This is the new home of @juanatamale.”

By autumn, the forever home of Juana Tamales will be in full effect throughout the weekend and weekdays, making and selling tortas, tamales, tripitas, vegan birria, and much more. Currently, though Juana Tamales is open three days a week, along with every other Sunday, so pay attention and hit up the hard East Passyunk tamale townhouse as soon as possible.

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Plus, keep checking Zavala’s Instagram for more menu and opening news, and dosage MAGAZINE when we’ll catch up to Jen Zavala in person.

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