- Neighborhood: Chinatown
- 1022 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-925-1231
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
- Alcohol: BYOB
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
In Philly, Southeast Asian flavors are the gift that keeps on giving. In Point Breeze, South Philly and Chinatown, along Washington Avenue and even out in the ’burbs, there are enclaves whose composition and abstract representation of geopolitical borders are constantly shifting and changing. This means Thai and Laotian food on traditionally Vietnamese-heavy blocks, and awe-inspiring Malaysian food in Chinatown. It also means a deepening and broadening of available flavors, so if you’re looking to explore the subtle differences between Malaysian and Indonesian food, Vietnamese that goes beyond a bowl of pho, or Thai more complicated (and delicious) than a simple plate of pad Thai, there are many options.
So Anthony Bourdain, who is in town filming The Layover tweeted this morning that he was working off his hangover at Pho 75. Joining him for his Vietnamese breakfast was Michael Solomonov.
After that Bourdain tweeted a comment that we were thrilled to see.
We intend to be the first food/travel show to do a cheesesteak-free Philly show. #lettheotherguydoit and no steps
7/25/12 11:22 AM
For lunch Bourdain ate lunch at the Old City location of Sichuan hot spot, Han Dynasty. We saw this one coming as Bourdain hung out with Han Chiang last night at Dirty Frank’s.
Since then he’s gone dark but we expect he’s showing up at a Solomonov spot tonight, but which one, Zahav, Percy Street BBQ or Federal Donuts?
We won’t have the Arrow Swim Club to kick around anymore. HughE Dillon reports the Northern Liberties swim club is being taken over Brian Nagele who runs the Philly2Night web site and King’s Oak on the Piazza. The new concept will be more affordable than the $1,000 memberships sold last summer. Chenango, the restaurant will be rebranded Yellow Fin Grill. [Philly Chit Chat]
Ramen Boy by the Yakitori Boy team should be open at 204 N 9th Street before January comes to an end. [Phoodie]
Benny Lai has opened Grill Fish Cafe next to his Vietnam Cafe in West Philadelphia. [Meal Ticket]
Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House is moving to bigger digs. The popular Chinatown restaurant is taking over the Pho 75 space at 1022 Race Street. [The Insider]
Interstate Draft House in Fishtown has a new chef. Julio Rivera is out and Adam Scott is in. Scott who has experience at Hawthornes and the Doylestown Country Club will make the menu a bit less Mexican. [Meal Ticket]
Pumpkin on South Street has gotten a facelift. Check out the new seating and wood panelling from reclaimed materials. Check out some photos below.