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Looking for Pho and Banh Mi

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tomishungry Dec 4, 2006 03:58 AM

Hi everyone,

Recently moved back to South Jersey/Philly. I'm looking for good Pho and Banh Mi, and other Vietnamese in general. Have tried Vietnam (excellent) and Nam Phuong (eh). Vietnam Palace next...

The Vietnamese food threads I've found are at least a year old. Any new finds and recommendations out there, hounds?

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    dagordon Dec 6, 2006 11:55 PM

    I've been to all of the Pho places mentioned here and others around Philly, and, imho, the best, by a rather large margin, is at Cafe Diem, 8th St just north of Washington. The Bun Bo Hue there is also outstanding. The place is small, and I can't remember ever seeing another non-Asian person there, which is, of course, a good sign.

    For Banh Mi, of which I've also had quite a bit around here: Cafe Nhu Y, a couple of blocks north of Cafe Diem, at 802 Christian.

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      jeanneson Dec 5, 2006 05:00 PM

      I like the pho at Pho Xe Lua (9th and Race). For banh mi you could try the Ba Le bakery (6th and Washington) - not to be confused with the Ba Le restaurant at the same location that does not serve banh mi.

      1. joluvscards Dec 4, 2006 11:09 PM

        Anyone been to Pho Cali on Arch? Been meaning to give it a try.

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        1. re: joluvscards
          joypirate Dec 6, 2006 03:43 PM

          I've been several times. Best non-Washington Ave. pho in Philly. The tender flank steak pho is great. The Banh Mi is nothing special. As a rule if a place has Pho in their name I only order the pho there. I should've remembered that.

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          GBak504 Dec 4, 2006 05:59 PM

          Pho Hoa in the Adams Plaza (Adams and Rising Sun) is a 'not too nice to look at but nice to eat' place long popular with locals.

          Large Pho and a reice noodle spring roll will run you about $8

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            Hungryin theBurbs Dec 4, 2006 08:02 PM

            There are a bunch of Vietnamese places in that area of Adam's Avenue. There is a Pho 75, which is very good IMHO, and right next to it is a little cafe (I can't think of the name) that makes excellent Banh Mi for $2.

          2. lawslaw Dec 4, 2006 04:15 AM

            Cafe Viet Huong on Washington Ave--9th street I think--in the supermarket stripmall has GREAT pho and banh mi.

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