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Your Favorite Ethnic in Philly

DaisyM Jul 18, 2010 07:38 AM

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. thew RE: DaisyM Jul 18, 2010 07:41 AM

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

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      shellybe RE: DaisyM Jul 18, 2010 01:52 PM

      Rangoon! great food and wonderful people

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        Chefpaulo RE: shellybe Jul 19, 2010 03:02 AM

        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.

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        brightman RE: DaisyM Jul 18, 2010 07:19 PM

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

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          DaisyM RE: brightman Jul 19, 2010 03:57 AM

          Yes, love Bell's Market!

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            Bashful3 RE: DaisyM Jul 19, 2010 06:11 AM

            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.

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              DaisyM RE: Bashful3 Jul 19, 2010 06:20 AM

              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.

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                zovig123 RE: DaisyM Jun 28, 2011 04:11 PM

                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..

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            discndav RE: brightman Aug 18, 2010 11:58 AM

            Szechuan Tasty House in Chinatown is my favorite for lunch.

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              FattyFatMan RE: brightman Sep 5, 2010 12:42 PM

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

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              gan911 RE: DaisyM Jul 21, 2010 02:22 PM

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

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                Buckethead RE: gan911 Jul 21, 2010 02:52 PM

                Chinese: Han Dynasty
                Indian: Ekta

              2. thehungrything RE: DaisyM Jul 21, 2010 08:17 PM

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

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                  cwdonald RE: thehungrything Jul 21, 2010 09:51 PM

                  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.

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                    DaisyM RE: cwdonald Jul 22, 2010 04:55 AM

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

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                      cwdonald RE: DaisyM Aug 18, 2010 11:19 AM

                      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.

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                        malkazanie RE: cwdonald Jun 29, 2011 10:18 AM

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

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                          leepinleemur RE: malkazanie Jun 29, 2011 11:04 AM

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

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                  SnowCat RE: DaisyM Jul 22, 2010 07:02 AM

                  Penang or Banana Leaf for Malaysian/Singaporean food. The menus are identical. Portion size is slightly larger at Banana Leaf. Quality/consistency is slightly better at Penang.

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                    hungry100 RE: DaisyM Jul 23, 2010 11:32 AM

                    Hardena -- hole in the wall Indonesian.

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                      xtian RE: DaisyM Jul 23, 2010 01:24 PM

                      Tierra Columbiana for Cuban and Columbian food.

                      And what's the place in Gray's Ferry that has great Turkish? (same owners as Cafe Fulya, I think)...

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                        DaisyM RE: xtian Jul 23, 2010 04:47 PM

                        Divan! I haven't been to Tierra Colubiana in years. Is it still great?

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                          xtian RE: DaisyM Jul 27, 2010 07:38 AM

                          I don't think Tierra Columbiana has changed at all. Same menu, same prices, same staff.

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                            naneharvey RE: xtian Sep 5, 2010 06:41 PM

                            Consistently delicious!

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                          gan911 RE: xtian Jul 28, 2010 12:45 PM

                          DIVAN is the turkish place?

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                            DaisyM RE: gan911 Jul 28, 2010 01:04 PM

                            Yes, Divan is Turkish. It is in the graduate hospital area.

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                          sadiefox RE: DaisyM Jul 27, 2010 06:59 AM

                          Sazon -- delicious Venezuelan food, and their hot chocolates are AMAZING! Love the one with sour cherry, lime, and hot pepper.

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                            gan911 RE: DaisyM Jul 28, 2010 12:46 PM

                            Anybody has recommendations on Peruvian (think cerviche and papusas?) or Mexican (menudo, pozole, actual homemade mole)

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                              in bocca RE: gan911 Aug 18, 2010 10:39 AM

                              Heading to Divan. What are some not to be missed dishes?

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                                DaisyM RE: in bocca Aug 18, 2010 11:03 AM

                                I loved the doner kabobs.

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                              bess RE: DaisyM Aug 18, 2010 11:01 AM

                              great thread!

                              Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House for Chinese (noodles obviously), Ocean Harbor for Dim Sum

                              I really love Tiffin but I haven't been to Ekta yet.

                              Abyssinia or Dahlak for Ethiopian/Eritrean

                              Nhu Y for banh mi, Cafe Viet Huong for pho or make-your-own summer rolls

                              Los Taquitos de Puebla for tacos, especially Al Pastor

                              Claudio's for italian deli food (that is ethnic too!)

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                                in bocca RE: bess Aug 18, 2010 01:57 PM

                                I love Abyssinia and will check out Dahlak pronto!

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                                  bluehensfan RE: in bocca Aug 19, 2010 05:06 AM

                                  I love the lamb sandwiches at Argan on South 17th St. It's a place that never seems to get much mention on the boards...

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                                  naneharvey RE: bess Sep 5, 2010 06:45 PM

                                  Almaz Cafe (140 S 20th St) has some of the best Ethiopian food I've had in the city. It looks like just a hip coffee shop, but I think they have two menus -- one coffee shop and one for the Ethiopian fare. The owners are really nice as well.

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                                  jesup RE: DaisyM Sep 5, 2010 04:14 PM

                                  Shiroi Hana is great for sushi; my wife and I love to eat there when we we're down in that area.

                                  Shiroi Hana Restaurant
                                  222 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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                                    jesup RE: DaisyM Sep 5, 2010 04:19 PM

                                    If you're in the Philly Burbs, Himalayan is wonderful. Decor is nothing special, but the food and service is great. Lots of Indians eat there on the weekends at brunch (parties); not solely targeted at non-Indians - they include things like Goat Curry (with bones) in the buffet frequently, but they also have a great Tikka Masala and Navratan Korma, plus good deserts.

                                    Himalayan Exotic Indian Cuisine
                                    81 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355

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                                      PennMD RE: DaisyM Mar 19, 2011 11:52 PM

                                      Has anyone been to Abyssinia recently? Never been, but looking for good Ethiopian and it has been recommended by a couple of work colleagues at U Penn.

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                                        PhillyA RE: PennMD Mar 21, 2011 05:50 AM

                                        I love Abyssinia - strictly by food, I think it's the best Ethiopian in the city.

                                        Service can be snail-slow, and it's not a place for atmosphere. As long as I expect that going in, it's always been fine with me, and the food is great.

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                                        shoeman RE: DaisyM Mar 20, 2011 12:59 PM

                                        Cedars - Lebanese

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                                          Elaine RE: shoeman Mar 20, 2011 04:14 PM

                                          Cedars is a favorite of ours, too; we were just there last night. The Imam Baldi is my favorite.

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                                            DaisyM RE: Elaine Jun 29, 2011 04:26 AM

                                            I need to add Kim's for Korean food. Love Korean food.

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