Two words: Sangkee Wannabe. Although it is cheaper and the ambience is much better than Pho Saigon on 43rd and Spruce. It replaced “Nan”, the French/Thai fusion restaurant. Not in the mood to make a real review though so here are some shady pictures from my phone.
Address: 4000 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $6-10 for entrees
One of the best perks of being at Penn is the ease of accessibility to Chinatown. What’s so good about Chinatown? Besides the super fishy smell on the streets that is reminiscent of a used and abused beaver, it’s basically a consortium of cheap noodle shops with insanely large portion sizes. Pho Xe Lua was no exception. For 6 bucks you can get a large noodle soup and for an extra 3 dollars, you can get an XL noodle soup with extra meat and they are extremely generous with the extra meat.
Address: 907 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Price: $6-7 for pho, ~$10 for dinner entrees
Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu, Sun 11 am – 10 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Finally ventured out to Baltimore Avenue today to try out this Vietnamese restaurant that I saw on Yelp the other day. This ‘cafe’ is actually a pretty large restaurant and good for both casual dates and large groups. Portions for the pho is medium sized but the entrees are rather large. I got the Pho Sate which is a pho with a thicker broth and the Shrimp Sate which was pretty delicious. Maybe it was because I didn’t order anything special but I didn’t feel very mind-blown when I walked out of the restaurant. Nevertheless, overall I think it’s still a really good choice if you’re in that area or you’re craving noodles. Four out of five stars!
Address: 816 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Price: Pretty cheap. $8 for pho, $13-15 for entrees
Hours: Daily: 11:30am-9pm