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Best vietnamese, best pizza and best scrapple in philly?

maria franzese Feb 14, 2014 12:31 AM

Also, is prince of steaks still good? had it about five years ago and thought it was the best in philadelphia. Are there any great cheap eats?
Thank you

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    SP1 RE: maria franzese Feb 14, 2014 10:17 AM

    Hmm, those are some wide open questions. These are strictly my choices of where I go.
    Vietnamese: Nam Phoung
    Pizza: Gennaro's Tomato Pie
    Scrapple: My house! Seriously, I can't order it out.
    Prince of Steaks: No idea. Haven't been there in years.
    Cheap eats: too many to list, need to narrow that one down.

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      cwdonald RE: maria franzese Feb 14, 2014 10:41 AM

      With regard to Steve's Prince of Steaks, they are still considered one of the better steak shops, and since you have eaten there, they have added a location in Center City Philadelphia.

      Pizza depends on what type of pizza you are looking for as we have had an explosion of neopolitan and roman pizza style pizza, including Nomad, Nomad Roman, Osteria, Pizzaria Vetri, Pizza Brain, bufad, Zavino, Barbuzzo, Pizzeria Beddia. And then there is the old stand by that lots of people love.. Tacconellis.

      My definition of good scrapple is not deep fried.. needs to be done on the griddle or in a pan ...

      Vietnamese you need to tell us a bit more here.. are you looking for Pho, bun, other type dishes? Nam Phuong is a great suggestion in general but if you were looking for specific dishes I think you will find people suggesting other places, both down on Washington Ave, as well as in West Philadelphia and Chinatown.

      On the cheap eat sides Rosas Fresh Pizza recently opened and their schtick is they do a slice of pizza for a dollar. They don't have a lot of toppings, or specialty pizzas. I personally have not been, but have heard good things about the place.

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        carnicero RE: maria franzese Feb 14, 2014 11:07 AM

        I find Steve's Prince of Steaks to vary a lot by location. The original on Bustleton and their shop at the Boulevard and Comly are both reliably good. They have another store on Business Rt 1 in Penndel that's always underwhelmed me. Haven't tried the new one downtown.

        Vietnamese: Pho Saigon at Columbus Blvd and Washington Ave is also very good.

        Scrapple: I'm not a fan.

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          maria franzese RE: maria franzese Feb 14, 2014 06:10 PM

          As far as Vietnamese, I would like more authentic dishes rather than Pho. Thanks

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            PhillyBestBYOB RE: maria franzese Feb 15, 2014 09:00 AM

            Pho is not authentic? Seems very common street food in Vietnam.

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              maria franzese RE: PhillyBestBYOB Feb 15, 2014 09:04 AM

              Did not mean to say pho is not auth. I love it.

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                linguafood RE: maria franzese Feb 15, 2014 09:42 AM

                But what do you consider "more authentic" than pho? Is any Viet dish more Viet than pho?

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                  maria franzese RE: linguafood Feb 15, 2014 09:55 AM

                  Anything that is ultra delicious.

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                    Worldwide Diner RE: maria franzese Feb 15, 2014 12:02 PM

                    If you find yourself near a book store, go look for a Vietnamese cook book. You'll see pictures of dishes and ingredients. Jot down those that look good and order them next time you go to a Vietnamese restaurant (or ask if you don't see it on the menu - you might impress the owner or they'll make fun of you in the back and spit in your food - just kidding).

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                  PhillyBestBYOB RE: maria franzese Feb 15, 2014 11:12 AM

                  In otherwords, you are looking for other dishes besides Pho. I get it now...

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                    maria franzese RE: PhillyBestBYOB Feb 17, 2014 09:17 AM

                    Yes, thanks. Also, where is the best Bahn mi in Philly ?

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                      Bigley9 RE: maria franzese Feb 18, 2014 10:50 AM

                      Cafe Nhu Y at 8th and Christian Sts is my current favorite, followed by Ba Le at 6th and Washington.

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                    SP1 RE: maria franzese Feb 19, 2014 02:15 PM

                    Bun bo Hue @ Cafe Diem (6th & Washington). They don't speak much english, so make sure they don't give you the dumbed down Western version.

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                Boognish RE: maria franzese Feb 15, 2014 11:26 AM

                For Vietnamese, my one-two punch would be the minced clam & beef app + cocktail at Le Viet for happy hour followed by the watercress & beef at Nam Phuong.

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                  PhillyBestBYOB RE: Boognish Feb 15, 2014 11:36 AM

                  It's not super inexpensive, and is certainly completely un-authentic, but the new Cheu Noodle Bar (owned by Chef from Matyson) has gotten a lot of positive press. I love the wings and the vibe.


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                    linguafood RE: PhillyBestBYOB Feb 15, 2014 12:06 PM

                    I picked up the business card for that noodle bar when I was at Matyson. I'd love to try it next time I'm in town.

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                      cwdonald RE: linguafood Feb 15, 2014 01:02 PM

                      Its nice.. I like it for lunch more than dinner. Definitley enjoy their dumplings, and their broccoli with vietnamese sausage is good. I have not tried their pho, their ramen or the hand torn noodles with lambs neck. I tend to go to NomNom because it is closer for that. Cheu is defnitely not a destination restaurant but is still a nice addition to the dining scene.

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                        PhillyBestBYOB RE: cwdonald Feb 15, 2014 01:24 PM

                        LOL, I don't know, I drove 1 hr there and 1 hr back just to go to opening night! Of course it was BYOB back then.

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                          cwdonald RE: PhillyBestBYOB Feb 15, 2014 01:27 PM

                          The atmosphere is more like a lunch counter than a restaurant. Their mixed drinks and beer selection are ok, but not anything to write home about. It is worth a 15 minute walk from my office, not an hour drive from my home. I am glad that they got a liquor license so they can make money. Hopefully they will get one for Matyson soon too.

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                            PhillyBestBYOB RE: cwdonald Feb 15, 2014 02:02 PM

                            If Matyson gets a liquor license, I will have a wake (BYOB)!

                2. monavano RE: maria franzese Feb 15, 2014 02:09 PM

                  Scrapple- RTM for Down Home Diner and Dutch Eating Place, the former being my favorite.

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                    cwdonald RE: monavano Feb 16, 2014 08:28 AM

                    They are good places, but they deep fat fry their scrapple...

                    Haven't had it but Amis serves house made scrapple for brunch on sundays. You don't often think of an italian bistro as a scrapple destination, but Vetri's crew does a great job making their own salumi, so I have no doubt that it is good.

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                      maria franzese RE: cwdonald Feb 17, 2014 09:16 AM

                      Is the Amis brunch good other than the good scrapple?

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                        cwdonald RE: maria franzese Feb 17, 2014 10:05 AM

                        I think it is very good. Their belgian waffle with salted semi fredo and maple syrup is wonderful.

                        They also take classic Italian flavors and adapt them for brunch. Here are four dishes as examples:

                        polenta pancake with pecans, golden raisins, and maple syrup

                        braised san marzano tomatoes with farm eggs and basil

                        soft scrambled eggs with roasted mushrooms, red onion and pecorino

                        polenta scrapple with sunny side up eggs

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                    Misha RE: maria franzese Feb 18, 2014 10:42 AM

                    If you're interested in a soup and not in the mood for Pho, go with my favorite, Bun Hue. It's deliciously spicy. My fave for that is Vietnam Cafe in West Philly.

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                      maria franzese RE: maria franzese Feb 19, 2014 10:20 AM

                      is there any real dairy frozen custard to be had in Philadelphia and its surroundings?

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                        cwdonald RE: maria franzese Feb 19, 2014 10:31 AM

                        Depending on the time of year, there are a lot of frozen custard places in the suburbs.

                        The first place that comes to mind with frozen custard in center city is Shake Shack. I have had it and its not bad. Maybe not as rich as some you get in the MidWest but worth having. Two shake shack locations, one in University City on Drexel's campus, and one in Center City across from Village Whiskey.

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