An Adventure in Fried Piles of Food

You are going to have to deal with the crappy pictures in exchange for this awesome story of adventure dining. While driving around in North Philly, we saw a sign letting us know that the tiny storefront held “El Rey de Fritura (king of fried things).” Having already had a great experience with another Rey, we poked our heads in. Inside we found out there were no menus and no people who spoke English. It was going to be an interesting meal.

As the only Spanish speaking member of my group, I negotiated with the owner who let me know they could make us plates of fried pork and plantains for all 6 of us for $25. Deal.

Our fate was in his hands. The chef, who I found out is the real “rey” of the place, brought us 3 plates of fried pork and chicharron, plus a plate of fried sausages, and one of salty plantains.  They also made us sweet plantains when we asked for it, which were better than the salty ones. The sausages were a little gristly but really flavorful. The chicharron came in big lovely, fatty chunks. It was a ton of food. We brought our own beers and were entertained by lively Reggaaton. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If you are feeling brave, and possess some very basic conversational Spanish skills, you should head north and make your own meat adventure.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Giant platters of fried Dominican food

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Pretty sketchy looking
  • No English

Villa Mella Restaurant- El Rey de la Fritura y El Chimi, 551 E Wyoming St, 215 455 3000


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