Best Pho, Ramen, Pasta and Other Noodles in Philly

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

So many noodles in so many forms. From Asian to Italian, from quick lunches, to luxurious dinners, here are the best noodle dishes in Philadelphia, culled from Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue.

Best Pho in Philadelphia

Pho Ha
Pho is super-abundant in Philly these days, but Pho Ha’s aromatic broths and oily chili paste lift it to the top ranks. 610 Washington Avenue, East Passyunk, 215-599-0264.
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Beau Biden at 19: A Look Back

Beau Biden from Philadelphia magazine’s April 1988 feature “Second Generation,” with Rena Potok, left, and Deserie Blavat. Photograph © 1988 Jim Graham

Beau Biden from Philadelphia magazine’s April 1988 feature “Second Generation,” with Rena Potok, left, and Deserie Blavat. Photograph © 1988 Jim Graham

For Philadelphia magazine’s April 1988 issue, then-staff writer Lisa DePaulo brought together 15 sons and daughters of Philly’s famous — among them Dr. J’s son Cheo, Georges Perrier’s daughter Genevieve, and Wilson Goode Jr. — for a story headlined “Second Generation.”

Even in this group of young men and women who would in many cases become notables in their own right, Beau Biden — then a 19-year-old freshman at Penn who had already been through the early tragedy of his mother’s death and the excitement and ultimate disappointment of his father’s first presidential bid — stood out, DePaulo says: Read more »

How Philly Doctors Are Saving the World

For our latest Top Doctors cover story, we went beyond the doctor’s office to the labs where Philadelphia-based researchers work to eradicate diseases that claim millions of lives each year. To read about their bold advances, scroll down or use these links to jump to a specific topic: Read more »

The (New) Jim Kenney for Mayor

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

In many ways, this has been the weirdest of Philadelphia mayoral elections.

We mean that not in the sense of weird things happening — honestly, with the exception of Lynne Abraham doing a face-plant at a televised debate, it seems like not much has happened at all in this campaign — but more in the following sense: This doesn’t feel like the election Philadelphia was supposed to be having right now. Yes, ours is a city with large problems — widespread poverty, a school system that utterly fails families, a tax system that repels business — but it’s also, somehow, a city on the move and on the rise, with a palpable sense of energy about it. Population is growing, construction is booming, and Philadelphians of all ages, races and income levels are feeling more optimistic about the city than they have in ages. Surely, with that as the backdrop, this should have been a mayoral election that produced a candidate — or candidates! — ready to build on the undeniable momentum of the Nutter years and at long last wrestle Philadelphia’s toughest problems to the ground. Read more »

Philadelphia’s New Boom

A view of Center City from Penn Medicine’s Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, taken on a February morning at sunrise. Photograph by Chris Sembrot

A view of Center City from Penn Medicine’s Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, taken on a February morning at sunrise. Photograph by Chris Sembrot

Were you here in 1987? (Actually: Were you even born?) If you were, maybe you remember the thrill of One Liberty Place rising in the sky — an honest-to-God Philadelphia skyscraper at last, looking down on Billy Penn’s hat. How about the early ’60s, when Society Hill emerged from a hardscrabble neighborhood and Penn Center gave a new sleekness to downtown?

We find ourselves in one of those moments again — a period when our physical surroundings are changing quickly and drastically around us. What’s different this time is the breadth of the change, with new buildings and revitalized neighborhoods and inviting public spaces emerging all at once all across the city. We’re calling it the New Boom, and on the following pages we give you an inside look at the eight trends that are fundamentally reshaping Philadelphia — and a sneak preview of the revitalized city we’ll live in for the next half century.

Edited by Ashley Primis

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Great Group Dates in Philadelphia

Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Jump

Sign your crew up for a block of time at Sky Zone trampoline park — jump times start every hour — grab your free Sky Socks, and feel like kids together for a while. Pre-gaming not recommended. Multiple locations.

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Great Cheap Dates in Philadelphia

The Chocolate Cafe in Shane Confectionery. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The Chocolate Cafe in Shane Confectionery. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

1. The Franklin Special

How apt that this Founding Father-themed date would go easy on the budget. (A penny saved … ) Stroll across the Ben Franklin Bridge’s southside walkway, enjoy the (toll-free) view of the city, and then warm up with hot chocolate at the Franklin Fountain spin-off Shane Confectionery. Shane Confectionery, Old City, 215-922-1048.

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Great Dates for Grown-Ups in Philadelphia

Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Let the tweens get giddy on 64-ounce sodas over at the dirty multiplex; take your main squeeze for Toblerone and a foreign flick at the artsy Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898). If you’re hoping for a little more, um, action, catch a Big 5 basketball game at Philly’s classiest sporting venue, the Palestra (University City, 215-898-4747), and debate which ’Nova/St. Joe’s Holy War game was the best. After, stroll over to the Shake Shack (University City, 267-338-3464) for a black-and-white milkshake … one straw.

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