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Dec 4, 2006 03:58 AM

Looking for Pho and Banh Mi

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

    1. 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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      1. re: GBak504

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

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        1. re: joluvscards

          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.

        2. 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. 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.