Cucina Zapata

Food Truck and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
University City, Philadelphia
  • Has a stamp of approval from Visit Philly and Serious Eats
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    • Serious Eats
  • CBK C.
    "Captain Crunch tilapia burrito is so delicious"(4 Tips)
    Stephanie K.
    "Try Chef Rob's Short Rib Tacos and Cap'n Crunch-Crusted Tilapia!"(5 Tips)
    Joel G.
    "One of the best food trucks in Philly!"(2 Tips)
    Jeffery C.
    "short rib tacos are to die for and the curry"(5 Tips)
34 Tips and reviews
  • tilapia
  • burritos
  • tacos
  • milk tea
  • spicy food
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  • Brittany
    BrittanyMay 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Hands down best food truck in Philly. Every item on the menu is phenomenal. My personal favorite is the Cap'n Crunch encrusted tilapia burrito and the Thai iced coffee.
  • Jeffery C.
    Jeffery CJanuary 8, 2014
    The short rib tacos are to die for and the curry (get it while it lasts) is pretty much life changing. I am about to eat the styrofoam container it came in... It's that good. A+ food and service!!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 26, 2013
    This Thai-Mexican-fusion food truck on Drexel University's campus turns out student-friendly mashup fare like Cap'n Crunch-crusted tilapia burritos and chicken satay tacos.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KuoDecember 5, 2012
    A vibrant addition to Philly's food truck scene, Cucina Zapata serves up fresh, delicious combinations of Thai and Mexican flavors. Try Chef Rob's Short Rib Tacos and Cap'n Crunch-Crusted Tilapia!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WatkinsMay 15, 2013
    Omg tilapia burrito... Dying. So crispy (thanks, cap'n), tasty (get it spicy), and fresh (avocados ftw)! Add on a tea with bubble for a cooling addition to your meal!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CookMay 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Just ordered the rotisserie chicken pineapple quesadillas with jalapeños, and it's safe to declare this the best lunch truck on campus. It's like an orgasm in my mouthhhh .....Except it tastes better
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoldmanApril 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    One of the best food trucks in Philly! Get the chicken katsu burrito with rice and extra katsu sauce. Oh and don't forget the Thai iced tea!
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 19, 2014
    The cap'n crunch crusted tilapia burrito is SO CRISPY, not to mention flavorful, fresh, and $6. Get it.
  • Nohra M.
    Nohra MuradJune 28, 2016
    The best guys around! Recommended: captain crunch tilapia over rice, spicy, with green sauce. Jump on the chicken adobo when it's there.
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoldmanNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like coconut, the coconut milk tea is amazing! Not too sweet and pairs perfectly with everything on the menu.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJuly 3, 2012
    Captain Crunch-crusted tilapia tacos. Need we say more? Thai food and tacos are a beautiful mix. There, we said more.
  • 34th Street Magazine
    34th Street MagazineNovember 6, 2012
    If you’re a Cucina Zapata newbie, please, *please* order either the short rib taco or Cap’n Crunch crusted tilapia. You’ll be so glad you did, we promise. Read more
  • Gabriel E.
    Gabriel EvansDecember 12, 2014
    Get the tacos with fish in them. Don't remember the name, but they were delicious.
  • Endless Simmer
    Endless SimmerFebruary 24, 2012
    A Cap’n Crunch-crusted tilapia burrito that manages to bring a slightly sweet but not overwhelming flavor from the cereal you loved when you were 11 years old. Read more
  • John P.
    John PiotrowskiApril 30, 2013
    It took me until the end of senior year to find out that the Cap'n Crunch Tilapia Burrito is the best.
  • EstherEunjin K.
    EstherEunjin KimMay 29, 2014
    Burrito over rice isn't on the menu. Ask for both sauces. Thai boba is a must
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken katsu. With sriracha. It might be a small exaggeration to call it the best $5 I've ever spent, but not much of one.
  • Dante B.
    Dante BucciJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You can get most items in a crunchy tortilla bowl by request. The Curries are amazing!
  • Gopinath D.
    Gopinath DandaDecember 22, 2014
    Had chicken katsu. Very unique taste! Definitely worth a try!!
  • Laurin N.
    Laurin NoguchiAugust 13, 2014
    Super friendly staff and super delicious food ^_^
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsFebruary 22, 2015
    Check out Cucina Zapata as it was featured on Eat Street for Hot and Crispy Tilapia Burrito Read more
  • Roman C.
    Roman ColomboJune 8, 2013
    As everyone else suggests, their fish will change your life.
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KangJuly 1, 2013
    Short rib tacos had so much flavor. Def get at least 2.
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneApril 2, 2013
    The cap'n crunch tilapia burrito is life-changing.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CDecember 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the sweet potato chicken curry if you're in a hurry.
  • Charlie M.
    Charlie MolthropJanuary 26, 2017
    Super friendly staff. Great veggie burger!
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaFebruary 22, 2017
    Get the veggie burger as a burrito. Game changer
  • Rich C.
    Rich ChinMay 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the short rib taco! Best thing on the menu!
  • Kelly F.
    Kelly FarradayMay 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get lunch here. One of the best trucks in UCity.
  • CBK C.
    CBK CBKJuly 21, 2011
    Captain Crunch tilapia burrito is so delicious
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DunnAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cap'n Crunch Tilapia Burrito!!!!!!!
  • Que S.
    Que SuavéJune 23, 2015
    Cap'n Crunch Burritto - that is all
  • David S.
    David SeokSeptember 19, 2011
    Anything here is bomb.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PribisFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Either taco with fresh avocado. Mmmmm...
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