When diners-in-the-know speak of pho in Philadelphia, they're usually hipster denizens of South Philly talking about haunting the blocks of Washington Avenue between 11th and 13th, looking for the magical elixir of rich North Vietnamese broth filled with bánh phở rice noodles, meat (beef brisket and flank along with chicken), or tripe (edible stomach lining from cows).
There, along Washington Avenue, restaurants like Pho 75 pack local eaters in day and night. The same can be said of Chinatown's excursions into the noodle soup culinary aesthetic such as Pho Xe Lua (907 Race) and Pho Cali (1000 Arch). Most of these locations have been around for a minute doing what they do best, several to the exclusion of any other dish.
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