Finding the Best Pho in Philly

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Philadelphia Inquirer critic, Craig LaBan has spent the last three months becoming a pho expert. LaBan has traversed Washington Avenue, explored Chinatown and peeled back the mystery of East Kensington’s pho culture to come up with his list of the best pho in Philadelphia.

Along the way, LaBan discovers, tips, tricks and some off-the-menu requests that can elevate your pho sojourns as well.

Check out our map of LaBan’s pho ยป

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Quick Bites

Tom Drinker’s West opened quietly over the weekend at 39th and Chestnut. Six kinds of fries, pizzas and sandwiches make up the menu. [The Insider]

Today the Sang Kee Noodle House in the Sheraton at 36th and Chestnut opens. It’ll be open till 11pm and combine the noodle dishes of the Chinatown location with the sautee dishes of Wynnewood. [The Insider]

Chris D’Ambro who was praised for his ambitious menu at Bocca in Old City is resurfacing at Columbus Inn in Wilmington, Delaware. He’ll be executive chef at the new restaurant, scheduled for a winter opening. [Meal Ticket]

Vegetarians rejoice, Blue Sage founder Mike Jackson is opening Thoreau in the city. Vegetarians temper that enthusiasm, he’s taken the cursed spot at 1033 Spring Garden that hosted Root and Palate. [The Insider]

Burger Maestro is opening today at the Bellevue. Look for affordable burgers with fun toppings. Prices for the burgers start at $4.99 and Chicago style hot dogs at $2.50.

The former Les Bons Temps was rumored to be heading in an Italian direction earlier in the year but that never happened. Now comes word that it will become a French spot, Cafe Maurice, from chef David Cunningham and owner Edward Bianchini. [The Insider]

Pho Saigon has brought Vietnamese to Columbus Boulevard at the Riverview Shopping Center. [Meal Ticket]

Chickie’s and Pete’s has opened a new video game bar, Play2 at 15th and Packer. [Thrillist & KYW1060]

In other gaming news, David Brenner’s Amsterdam Billiards is looking to take over the soaring Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut. With the sad state of affairs of activity that typically goes on at this corner, a pool hall will be a welcome upgrade. Even if it weren’t a high-end one designed by DAS Architects! [The Insider]

Stephen Starr and fiance January Bartle are tying the know this Sunday. the reception will take place at Barclay Prime. [Philly Gossip]