Huong Tram, fka Nam Son, Pho-cus on the Chicken

A bit over a month ago, Nam Son on Washington Avenue changed owners and became Huong Tram. The menu is still Vietnamese, though slightly downsized from the seemingly infinite selection of the former menu.  The space is a bit remodeled but you can still enter from either 16th Street or through the shopping plaza on Washington.  The adjacent bakery is still under the Nam Son name.

The classic pho with brisket was fine, but not as dynamic as some other places in the area. It needed a lot of sprucing up with condiments.

The pho ga on the other hand, made with chicken instead of beef broth, was soothing and complicated.  As a red meat lover, it is hard to acquiesce and admit the white meat has won, but I have to tell it like it is. Either way, the soup bowls are still huge and the prices are low.

Not pictured, but the chicken wing appetizer here is also very good. Other perks: there is a whole lot available for parking and an easy grocery trip (though it may be the smelliest grocery store in Philly) next door.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • cheap, big menu
  • Great pho ga
  • parking and long hours

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Better beef pho elsewhere

Huong Tram, 1601 Washington Ave, 215 545-4067



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