- Complimentary original churro when you dine at the restaurant
Chef Sofia Deleon was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. for college. Starting in 2017, she began to envision a celebration of Central American street food and launched a series of pop-ups that ultimately became, in 2018, the brick-and-mortar establishment on Rittenhouse Square that is El Merkury. Its menu is inspired by what the Mayans used to eat, with an emphasis on corn, chiles, chocolate, and beans. Here, you’ll find delectable pupusas, tostadas, taquitos, and the Guatemalan empanadas known as dobladas. And don’t forget what may well be the world’s best churros! No wonder El Merkury received Best of Philly accolades in 2018 and 2021. Indeed, El Merkury has proven to be so popular with Philadelphia diners that Chef Deleon has just opened a second location, which is both a restaurant and food market, in the Reading Terminal.
The Fine Print
No reservations accepted. Walk-ins only.