Looking for Pho and Banh Mi
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?
Cafe Viet Huong on Washington Ave--9th street I think--in the supermarket stripmall has GREAT pho and banh mi.
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.
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.