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Happy First of February! Welcome back to Foodie Fridays! It’s been a while, so I thought I’d give this a New Year boost and talk about one of my favorite hidden secrets in Philly: the Vietnamese restaurants of South Philly.

If you drive around on Washington between about 11th and Broad, you’ll see a couple of Vietnamese restaurants, including the famous Pho 75 (not a favorite) and Pho Ha (the boyfriend’s favorite pho place… But hidden between a party hall and a grocery store, around 11th and Washington, you’ll find this gem, Nam Phuong.

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There aren’t many places me and the boyfriend agree on in terns of Vietnamese, since he loves pho and I’m not a fan (especially now that I’m not eating meat), while I tend to like vermicelli dishes. My one exception being this place, where I get the eggplant with garlic sauce. Mmm…

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Look at all the rice! This is actually eggplant with lemongrass and was a little spicier, but as should happen at a favorite restaurant, I loved it almost as much. Plus I got peppers! I would have gotten a pic of the boyfriend with his pho, but he finished before I even had the chance! Also, they make one delicious vegetarian summer roll. Unlike most rolls, there isn’t way too much lettuce to battle with.

In conclusion, just go and get pretty much anything and you’ll be happy. Enjoy!

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