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Jul 18, 2010 07:38 AM

Your Favorite Ethnic in Philly

Please share your favorite places in Philly for great ethnic places.

Here's mine:

Kim's Korean BBQ- It was so much fun and delicious. Also, the staff couldn't have been more welcoming. Fun to go with a group.

Uzbekistan--I loved being surrounded by people speaking Russian and having a great time. Bring your own vodka and prepare to have a feast with huge platters of food.

Vietnam--the grilled stuffed grape leaves and the spring rolls are worth finding a parking place.

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  1. cheese steaks and soft pretzels are my favorite ethnic foods in philly

    1. Rangoon! great food and wonderful people

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      1. re: shellybe

        Rangoon was my first thought as well. Where else do you get such a successful melding of Indian, Thai and Chinese that works? And it has to be one of the most extensive menus in the area.

      2. Szechuan Tasty House in Chinatown. Also Bell's Market in the Northeast.

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          1. re: DaisyM

            Daisy, Brightman, help me please. I am near Bells Market often; obviously they have welter of ethnic food there, but it is overwhelming, and I have no clue what is exceptional and what is ordinary.

            What do you relish there?

            Looking for the good stuff; price no object.

            1. re: Bashful3

              I love the prepared food. I don't know the russian names...but they have many different kinds of pierogis my favorite is stuffed with cabbage. They also have a delicous chopped, cold beet salad. My husband loves the very heavy black bread and always gets smoked fish. Most people are really helpful if you ask them what something is.

              1. re: DaisyM

                best pierogies i've ever had--Franks-a-Lot in the Reading Terminal Market.. I know it's a hot dog stand but the pierogies! to die! I review it on Eating Reading..

          2. re: brightman

            Szechuan Tasty House in Chinatown is my favorite for lunch.

            1. re: brightman

              Three pepper chicken at Szechuan Tasty House is spectacular, although that is all I have had there. Any other Tasty House recs?

            2. lets keep this thread rolling...
              best places for chinese?
              best places for indian?

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              1. Dim Sum Garden is my favorite ethnic restaurant in Philly
                a close second is Kanella

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                1. re: thehungrything

                  Dim Sum Garden has wonderful Xiao Long Bao

                  for me Han Dynasty has most authentic without going to NY or to Hong Kong.

                  Second the vote for Rangoon. Thousand Layer Bread is amazing.

                  Manilla Bay in the northeast is a GREAT Filippino restaurant.

                  Piccana is the only Brazilian restaurant worth visiting.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    I've never had Filippino food. Can you tell me what dishes should not be missed at Manilla Bay? Thank you!

                    1. re: DaisyM

                      I am very partial to the Chicken Adobo... very traditional strew. For Apps the Tokwa Baboy or the Sisig are good. They also have nice fish dishes.

                      1. re: cwdonald

                        I've heard Manila Bay has since closed down. Anyone have any recommendations for Filipino food elsewhere?

                        1. re: malkazanie

                          The only one I've heard of is Taste of the Tropics in Phoenixville.