The GF's parents stopped by this past October for a visit and after walking around the Old City area for a spell, we stopped by Lucha Cartel for some lunch.
This particular location has had some high turnover rates over the past few years, but with nearby National Mechanics taking over, perhaps Lucha Cartel will have better luck.
The decor is eclectically Mexican with Dia de los Muertos masks and luchador masks all around.
As a sister restaurant, they seem to use the same glassware as National Mechanics.
To satiate your spice needs, they've got several varieties of hot sauce on offer, including El Yucateco.
We started off with the guac, which was creamy and had some queso fresco tossed on top. Still, it lacked flavor - I could not taste the lime or salt at all. A huge disc of fried tortilla was on top to offer some differing textures from the fresh-made chips.
Lucha Nachos [$10] + Chicken [$4]
Chips, jalapenos, monterey jack, chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, crema
The GF went with the chicken nachos. This was hefty and easily fed all of us. Fresh tortilla chips provided the foundation for cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo, and guac. Not bad if you're looking for an app to share with some drinks.
Chorizo Burger [$11]
Chorizo, angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, queso frito, avocado, pickle, fries
I went with the chorizo burger, which surprisingly wasn't overly greasy. There was a nice hit of salt from the queso and creaminess from the avocado. Still, the burger could have been juicier and I felt like something was missing. The accompanying fries were decent, but could have been crispier.
Overall, there are better Mexican offerings in the city - whether you're looking for in South Philly, Fairmount, or in Midtown Village. But if you're in Old City and you're craving some margs, nachos, and guac, Lucha Cartel has got you covered.