A Cactus to Embrace

Calling all Manayunk-bound diners in the mood for flavorful food and a casual vibe.

Cactus Restaurant & Bar’s fish tacosThe next time you’re headed to Manayunk— and looking to save time and a few bucks—consider the casual but tasty Cactus Restaurant & Bar. Down-to-earth with a budget-friendly, loosen-that-tie mindset, Cactus offers myriad drink specials to go with its straightforward southwestern and Mexican classics.

Along with Margarita Mondays, $2 Taco Tuesdays, Wing-It Wednesdays and other crowd-pleasing promotions, there’s a nice little Sunday brunch menu, along with 40 tequilas and 50-plus craft brews. A smattering of outside tables makes this a prime spot for a little Sunday Times reading—all the better with a steaming plate of huevos rancheros.

Try the Texas shrimp sautéed in a spicy butter and white wine sauce, the “firecracker” jalapeño poppers stuffed with three cheeses and coated with panko, the shrimp burrito, and the pulled pork or fish tacos. Loaded with muy bueno guacamole and rich, smoky salsa, the house-made chips will keep you busy between sips of an Aztec Gold, a Tijuana Carbomb or any of the other irreverent-sounding—and tasting—cocktails.

4245 Main St., Manayunk; cactusphilly.com, (267) 385-6249.

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