If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hanging out at Loco Pez, sipping fruity tequila cocktails and snacking on tasty tacos while soaking up the room’s chill vibe and kitschy decor, you may be saddened to hear that the party’s over. Don’t worry, Fishtown’s coolest Mexican-flavored watering hole isn’t closing or switching up its game. It’s just that some recent developments will limit your ability to snag a seat at the bar or at one of its tables. First Craig LaBan let the proverbial cat out of the bag with a glowing review a few weekends ago, and now Eater’s outed it as the preferred hang of the War on Drugs’ bassist Dave Hartley.
In the post, Hartley, who when not touring with his band resides just around the corner, gushes over Loco Pez’s “slamming” pineapple and cilantro laden tacos al pastor and the pinball machine. And then in the next breath he channels Marc Summers and bemoans the lack of Mexican options in Philly. How is it that these guys are both oblivious to the countless number of quality taqueria’s and Mexican joints that have popped up in practically every neighborhood in recent years? At least he disses Pat's, Geno's and the whole cheesesteak scene.
Undoubtedly, all this attention is awesome for Loco Pez, and certainly well deserved, but it’s only a matter of minutes before it spurs the hipstrati with their skinny jeans and wallet chains to begin cabbing it in to Fishtown and crowding the place. And the rest of us will just cop the tried and true “we were hanging there before it was cool” stance.