Mad Mex University City

Mad Mex

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
University City, Philadelphia
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  • This Mexican restaurant is famous for their margaritas. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Ladysocrates2
    "Margarita, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, wings, burritos"(42 Tips)
    Nate F.
    "Happy Hour M-F 4:30-6:30... some of the best beers in the city!"(19 Tips)
    DrinkPhilly.com
    "4:30-6:30 1/2 off draft beers & wings, can't go wrong."(17 Tips)
    Atiya M.
    "The WINGS & BIG AZZ MARGARITAS ARE GREAT!!!!"(2 Tips)
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  • Vivek V.
    Big azz margaritas, kick-azz comida and colorful settings featuring entertaining graffiti-inspired artwork are the drawzz at these crowded getaways with a Cal-Mex vibe.
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • David H.
    Steak and corn tacos good. Wing wrap not so good.
  • Ekta A.
    Ekta AroraJune 26
    Jersey chips !! 😍
  • Ekta A.
    Ekta AroraJanuary 24
    Margarita 😍😍✌💕🍸
  • Amber
    AmberNovember 16, 2016
    You're here for the margaritas and you're here to get drunk. Pro tip: the small one are the cheapest per ounce.
  • Vallene F.
    Vallene FatimaOctober 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Wings
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigApril 15, 2016
    Just go for the beer and margaritas. The food is probably not bad either but I'm usually too drunk by the time it arrives to notice.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HApril 12, 2016
    Half-off food and $7 drinks with student ID at 2-4 pm and 11 pm-1 am. Can't go wrong here
  • Cierrah W.
    Cierrah West-WilliamsMarch 30, 2016
    Wings are fantastic
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueMarch 22, 2016
    Great date place with good drinks
  • Michael M.
    Michael McDanielMarch 19, 2016
    Big azz margaritas!
  • Wrock
    WrockMarch 14, 2016
    Big Azz + Southwest chicken wings, insanely spicy. Winning.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CJanuary 19, 2016
    The lunch special salad is enormous and delicious. Total steal at $10
  • Guha A.
    Guha ArunkumarJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Thai curry burrito!
  • Guha A.
    Guha ArunkumarJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Thai curry burrito. 😍
  • Shawn A.
    Shawn AnthonyDecember 30, 2015
    Nachos are good with grilled chicken & of course the drinks 👍🏾
  • Namneet K.
    Namneet KaurNovember 23, 2015
    Jersey fries are awesome
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueNovember 10, 2015
    The tables in the back are dimly lit and great for date night.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FisherNovember 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Big azz margaritas are the best reason to come here. The food itself is meh...
  • Merve K.
    Merve K.October 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I love their Margaritas and Nachos!
  • Namneet K.
    Namneet KaurSeptember 15, 2015
    nachos and the desserts. best on the menu!
  • Atiya M.
    Atiya MariaSeptember 4, 2015
    The WINGS & BIG AZZ MARGARITAS ARE GREAT!!!!
  • Karli S.
    Karli ScottAugust 23, 2015
    Half price beer and $7 big Azz margaritas every weekday from 4:30 to 6:30pm. It's the best!
  • Bre B.
    Bre BonnerAugust 1, 2015
    During happy hour if you get the little margaritas instead of the larger ones you save more money (I think about a $1) and actually end up drinking more.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJuly 29, 2015
    Happy hour starts at 4:30, go for the revolving seasonal margarita flavor. Skip the food.
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerJune 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The food could be fresher/better but everyone is here for drinks. Go big azz or go home.
  • Lester E.
    Lester EmersonMay 22, 2015
    Happy Hour....The turn up before #LitUltraBar 460 N 2nd St....tnite! Ladies Free til 12AM
  • Lester E.
    Lester EmersonMay 22, 2015
    Happy Hour!!!!
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DunnMay 13, 2015
    Great Big Azz margaritas and appetizers!
  • Pinky B.
    Pinky Blyden 💋April 15, 2015
    One word margaritas! Get a shot added
  • Michael Steven W.
    Michael Steven WilliamsMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    San Fran wings. Medium w/ bleu cheese. Wash it down with a big azz strawberry margarita!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EscobarFebruary 3, 2015
    Big azz margaritas! Strawberry mango does a good job masking the tequila. Be careful!
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn BFebruary 1, 2015
    This place is awesome! Lots of vegan and vegetarian options, great sangria, and decent beer selection. Outdoor seating is great!
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaDecember 20, 2014
    The black beanie quesadeenie is one of my favorite things on the menu!
  • Ladysocrates2
    Ladysocrates2December 8, 2014
    Margarita, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, wings, burritos
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaNovember 25, 2014
    Got insane sauce on the tofu wrapture and it didn't seem very spicy at all. The service was so slow for a Monday night when it wasn't too busy.
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaOctober 12, 2014
    The chickpea chili is great and filling. There are so many vegetarian and vegan options
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis T.September 27, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome beer selection and highly underrated burritos! FYI, it's more economical to get two $3 margaritas (24 oz total) during happy hour than a $7 big azz (22 oz). Only get the $7 one at night :)
  • Sakib D.
    Sakib DadiSeptember 25, 2014
    During happy hour, go with the smallest margarita for most alcohol content per dollar
  • Thirsty1Kenobi
    Thirsty1KenobiSeptember 21, 2014
    Margaritas
  • Daphne P.
    Daphne PapapolyzouSeptember 12, 2014
    Guacamole and burritos
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MinSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Big. Azz. Margs.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 27, 2014
    Good, filling, and mostly authentic Mexican food.
  • Garrett O.
    Garrett OreillyAugust 22, 2014
    If you have a minor with you, they won't serve alcohol to anyone at the table. Also, the wing-o tacos are great!
  • Allison M.
    Allison MillerAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    BIG ASS MARGARITAS
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie B.August 7, 2014
    The tequila flights!!!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChinJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Angry Hippie burrito if you like portabella mushrooms. It will not disappoint.
  • Ashlee H.
    Ashlee HonJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go during happy hour (4:30-6:30pm) on weekdays and get the big azzes with sugar around the rim! Be sure to go early because sometimes the wait time is so long that you'll miss happy hour.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CampanaMay 7, 2014
    Great beer selection.
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HackneyApril 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great margs but always takes FOREVER to be seated
  • EJ E.
    EJ EllisFebruary 7, 2014
    Bad food, but good place to drink
  • Pam H.
    Pam HackneyOctober 5, 2013
    The food is so delicious !!!!
  • Elliott N.
    Elliott NelsonSeptember 16, 2013
    Happy hour services is better n dont run out of food
  • Mike B.
    Mike BishopAugust 2, 2013
    Great vegan options!
  • Meghan L.
    Meghan LeighJuly 25, 2013
    Heads up, they add 15% grat to your check!!
  • Marquita D.
    Marquita DavisJune 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pickadippa is the best!
  • Shallena E.
    Shallena EverittMarch 30, 2013
    Our waiter just started and they r having him train on a Friday night. :-/ Our food was delivered to the wrong table.
  • IConJohn
    IConJohnFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you meet Marvin, he's known to buy a round of beers for the beer geeks.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 18, 2013
    Get a burrito the size of a baby at Mad Mex.
  • Serena R.
    Serena RichardsonNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If your waiter's *Dre*, TIP HIM WELL!!! I haven't had a waiter as pleasant and sweet as him in a long time !!
  • Jeffery W.
    Jeffery WilliamsNovember 21, 2012
    It's dark! Bring a flashlight to read the menu.
  • Mark N.
    Mark NaveOctober 31, 2012
    Good portions of servings and decent Happy hour specials. All items I've had there have been good.
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DeAngelisOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    the Pennsyltucky Tofu is bangin'
  • Kevan D.
    Kevan DesaiSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order insane Buffalo sauce and bleu cheese on the side with your favorite entree
  • Melanie
    MelanieJune 24, 2012
    Wing-o salad w/ San Fran sauce. Strawberry and Mango Margarita.
  • Victor G.
    Victor GalliJune 7, 2012
    This is an awesome place to grab vegan mexi-cali food. They can veganize basically any menu item!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KlacikMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Inna the hit sauce queen!
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GibsonMarch 19, 2012
    Try to finish the Nacho platter here. If you do, Congratulations!! You will be needing to un-buckle your belt in 5....4...3...2..1
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Vikki
    VikkiMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Honey bbq chipotle wings are the shit with waffle fries n blue cheeeeeeeeese!!!!!!
  • Tom
    TomMarch 11, 2012
    The burritos are good and the pineapple habanero salsa has a nice kick to it. But make sure you watch your bill, they tack on a 15% gratuity even if you have less than 6 people.
  • Seth F.
    Seth FinckFebruary 29, 2012
    Order two drinks. It'll take long enough that you'll need it.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CatalanoFebruary 29, 2012
    Worst fucking service ever. Avoid this shit hole.
  • Kathy
    KathyFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Its NOT called "Mad 4." Idiots.
  • Janielle
    JanielleFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a big azz strawberry mango margarita with a grand marnier floater. Thank me later ;)
  • Sean P.
    Sean PelzerJanuary 23, 2012
    Awesome area and a really relaxed atmosphere. Great place to just chill with good friends and eat great food. :-)
  • Nia L.
    Nia LateefJanuary 23, 2012
    Nachos! Get the taco beef they gip you on the steak.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    The Chicken Chimichanga - Marinated chicken breast, red peppers, portabello, Spanish onions, a secret sauce and Monterey Jack rolled in a tortilla and quickly deep fried. Too good to be true? False.
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    The Shrimp Mushroom Spinach Quesadilla - If you think Snookie having bangs was exciting, this will really blow your mind.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Did you know you can order take-out online? All you have to do is pick it up. It's becoming more & more convenient to stay MEXY!
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Pepita Hummus: Pumpkin seeds, garlic and peppers in hummus with grilled flatbread. Too good to be true? Nope.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    The drafts list changes seasonally; it’s hard to keep up with the changes. Yet, it makes for a great excuse to come back again and again.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Student Half-off: Monday-Thursday 2pm-4pm & 11pm-1am every night! Can you say SCORE?!
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    The Mad Mex Quesadillas come with your choice of chicken breast, grilled steak, sautéed shrimp, marinated tofu or garlicky portabello with corn. #win
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Three words: BIG AZZ MARGARITAS ($7 Nightly 10PM – 12AM)
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
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  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    We've got numerous vegetarian & vegan meal options, that also taste amazing! Try the Happy Hippie Quesadillas for starters!
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    PIMP YOUR MARGARITA: Tell us about your dream margarita, and we’ll make it real. Our talented mixmasters are ready to guide you step-by-step.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Mad Mex mixes up five fresh salsas with a choice of heat level for every tongue.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    When it comes to good beer, no one does it better than our drafts list. (Half off from 4:30 – 6:30)
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Well, I think it’s time for a BIG AZZ Margarita. Who are we kidding? It’s always time for margarita whether it be black cherry, kiwi, mango, raspberry or strawberry.
  • Mad Mex University City
    Mad Mex University CityDecember 23, 2011
    Happy hour is from 4:30 – 6:30 weekly, that mean’s half off wings & drafts. Come play!
  • Bharani M.
    Bharani ManiDecember 18, 2011
    Half price Big Ass margarita are great here..
  • Foong S.
    Foong SuDecember 13, 2011
    50% off menu with student ID from 11pm-1am
  • Vikki
    VikkiNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Black bean quesadillas are great!!
  • Jiwoo S.
    Jiwoo SongNovember 10, 2011
    Horrible service at nights. Expect at least 20~30 min wait on food
  • Armon W.
    Armon W.November 1, 2011
    Loove it here... Missed this place
  • Oyinkan A.
    Oyinkan AdedejiOctober 24, 2011
    If you don't get the Insane Wings with a Big Azz Margarita then i don't know what you are doing there ;-) (that good!)
  • George H.
    George HardyOctober 23, 2011
    All of the food is delicious! Get a strawberry mango Big Azz, nachos or enchiladas, and bring your college ID for specials!
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew ElefanteOctober 23, 2011
    Worst god damn place I've ever been to. Shit service, food wrong...its like baby town frolics in here. And they pour drafts only 12 oz. Can't wait to never come back.
  • Joseph Z.
    Joseph ZaccardiOctober 2, 2011
    Wingarito!
  • Matt F.
    Matt FarrellSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the San Francisco el no Bono wings!
  • Martin H.
    Martin HallSeptember 23, 2011
    Get a bug azz mango margarita
  • Genie S.
    Genie SantayanaAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Strawberry and mango big azz margarita
  • Snehal M.
    Snehal MehtaJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta try the pineapple habanero salsa and southwestern el no Bono wings!!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DiToroJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tara is the best bartender/server ever!!
  • Amit G.
    Amit GuptaMay 23, 2011
    Have one of the plentiful tofu and veggie options.
  • Leocon S.
    Leocon SMay 7, 2011
    Southwestern chicken wings insane ....nuff said
  • Jocey
    JoceyApril 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour 4:30 to 6:30 weekdays! 1/2 priced wings and beer and $7 big azz margaritas!!
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GibbardApril 22, 2011
    Carnitas quesadilla. Get it! Side of pineapple habanero sauce never hurt anyone either.
  • Kris J.
    Kris JohnsonApril 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    430 - 630 happy hour. Half off drinks n food
  • KAM
    KAMApril 9, 2011
    Don't bother ordering the Mad Mex Margarita unless you enjoy pre-made drinks with tequila essence. Carnitas enchilada was a joke as the meat was tough, slapped on the plate n covered w/ tortilla pcs
  • Enrique
    EnriqueMarch 17, 2011
    The Carnitas Quesadilla is an addictive dish
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon C.February 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    all wings everything. veteran patron, smh. additionally, do not sleep on the apple cider margarita in the crisp of fall.
  • Krys B.
    Krys BurnetteNovember 25, 2010
    Slooooowww sevice and the margaritas aren't strong at all **thumbs down**
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BattistoNovember 6, 2010
    southern tier pumking ale, an excellent choice for their half price happy hour drafts
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie StaytonOctober 15, 2010
    fried tofu :)
  • Pam W.
    Pam WeinsteinSeptember 26, 2010
    black bean dip = spicy & delicious
  • ally
    allySeptember 6, 2010
    Date night
  • B.J. E.
    B.J. EllisSeptember 2, 2010
    The steak fajitas are quite good and very filling. They come out on a hot plate.... I highly suggest you try them.
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RodriguezSeptember 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't get the apple cider marg.....grosstown USA
  • LZ
    LZAugust 30, 2010
    it's kinda hidden.. when on walnut st you have to turn after the dunkin donuts and the walkway will take you to the restaurant!
  • Frank P.
    Frank PangAugust 29, 2010
    Smart coeds+sw. Wings+big arsre margaritas=great night
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comAugust 26, 2010
    4:30-6:30 1/2 off draft beers & wings, can't go wrong. More specials in More Info! Read more
  • Bob M.
    Bob MontgomeryAugust 17, 2010
    Do work, Warren.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren ParkerAugust 11, 2010
    Mad Mex "Big Azz" margaritas only $7 from 10-12, you'll only need one, & mix the fruit flavors! Good guac & salsa, dishes lack in cheese, everything else is okay.
  • Michael I.
    Michael Ingram JrAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been to Mad Mex a lot but recently the frozen margaritas have been very watery. I miss the half off food special
  • Risa E.
    Risa EichingerAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Good food & super cheap + enormous margaritas, especially during happy hour or after 10
  • Thérèsa B.
    Thérèsa B.July 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Why the hell don't they EVER have peach? I've gone times in 1 week and was unable to get a peach margarita.
  • Ron S.
    Ron ScottMay 29, 2010
    Late night happy hour is the best...
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EdgeMay 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't eat here.
  • Stefan B.
    Stefan BrookensApril 2, 2010
    Shout out to the coolest bartender in the city a.k.a Jungle
  • Nate F.
    Nate F.March 21, 2010
    Happy Hour M-F 4:30-6:30... some of the best beers in the city!
  • justin d.
    justin dulaMarch 19, 2010
    Lots of vegan options, unexpectedly
  • Mark N.
    Mark NguyenMarch 14, 2010
    The hummas is crazy different and crazy good. The fried tofu is good too.
  • Uristocrat A.
    Uristocrat AMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the Margaritas and go for a beer. And Boneless chicken wings.
  • Gwen M.
    Gwen MescoFebruary 10, 2010
    Vegetarians: the potato taquitos are delicious!
  • MJ
    MJJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Wings are half-price ONLY during the afternoon happy hour. Late night happy hour is just margaritas.
  • Shardule S.
    Shardule ShahNovember 21, 2009
    Make sure to ask for vegan cheese and tofu sour cream if you're a vegan. It's fantastic! Note: chips and salsa are free at the bar regardless of whether you order a drink or not.
  • IConJohn
    IConJohnOctober 15, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Great Happy Hour with fantastic selection of micro beers.
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EdgeSeptember 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    50% off menu every night at 11:00.
  • 🌴om Z.
    🌴om ZSeptember 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    have a big azz raspberry margharita. Yummo.
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