Since the 19th century, South Philly has been an entry point for communities of new Americans, so it’s no surprise that it’s also known for great restaurants. Today, about one in four Philly residents are immigrants or children of immigrants, with the largest communities coming from China and Vietnam.
The heart of Philly’s Vietnamese community is the Passyunk neighborhood in South Philly, where a shopping center on Washington Ave. has become known as “Little Saigon,” featuring small, non-fancy restaurants that rely on their food alone to draw a crowd. As a result, South Philly has become almost as well-known for its Vietnamese food as its Italian food. If you’re looking for a great meal as you explore the neighborhood, check out one its most popular Vietnamese restaurants, Pho 75.
If you’re not from Philly but the name sounds familiar, that may be because Pho 75 is part of a chain with locations in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. “Pho” is the Vietnamese soup that’s become a favorite around the world, made with beef broth, noodles, and a variety of add-ins. It’s the only dish served at Pho 75, with impressive add-in options that include over ten different cuts of beef. They also offer dessert and drinks including their popular Vietnamese coffee, which is made with condensed milk.
Many visitors have called Pho 75 the best Pho in Philly, and some have even called it the best in the US. But you don ‘t have to take their word for it—if you want to keep exploring, you’ll find several other Vietnamese restaurants within a short walk from here.
Cover image: Kham Tran, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.