Archive for 'North Philly'

Korean House Report: Korean Noodle House vs Every Day Good House (plus bonus Korean Spa report)

There is nothing like an excursion to Olney and Elkins Park for some legit Korean food.  Today, I present you with two Korean dining reports plus a bonus report about the nearby Korean spa. It’s a tale of noodles and nudity.

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El Sabor Restaurant

Just when I think I have tried all the North Philly corner Puerto Rican joints with under 10 Yelp reviews, I stumbled across El Sabor Restaurant, which has been in business for almost 30 years. Forgoing the dining room off to the side, we picked up some decedent items from behind the counter.

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Got the White Girl Version at Cafe Pho Ga Thanh Thanh

Cafe Pho Ga Thanh Thanh is Kensington’s spot for one thing- pho ga, Vietnamese chicken broth and rice noodle soup. Small bowls are $8 and can come with a medley of dark meat and other chicken parts, or, as was offered to me- with just plain ol’ white meat. I don’t love skin and bone in my soup and was not ashamed to accept their Americanized soup. Sorry not sorry.

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We Du Agree, Dubu Puts Out Top Notch Korean in North Philly

Dubu opened a few months ago by the H-Mart in Elkin’s Park, which you can hit by going north and north and north on Broad. With a background in NYC Korean restaurants, the Dubu team aimed to bring quality Korean food to Philly, with a tofu-focused menu. To emphasize that fact, their namesake ”dubu” is Korean for tofu.

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Legend of Yaroa: The Cheese Covered Meat and Plantain Bowl at Empanadas Rosario

Empanadas Rosario is a Dominican take out window in North Philly serving cheap Dominican snacks, sandwiches, stews, and rotisserie chicken.  I noticed it as I walked by when I visited Tierra Colombiana, because anything with the word empanda in the name is going to catch my eye.  Alas it was closed, so I promised myself I would come back.

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Flaming Portuguese Sausage at Iberia

While Philly has plenty to boast about in terms of offering cuisine from places like Mexico, China, Italy, and Vietnam, there are some countries whose foods do not have such presence here. Portugal would be one of those countries. When I visited Tierra Colombiana, I noticed a Portuguese restaurant across the street and vowed to check it out.  While many of the Portuguese restaurants I have visited have been more upscale- Iberia seemed pretty casual which had me wondering about the food quality. But I liked what I saw when I looked at the menu- lots of meat and shellfish, and sausage on fire.

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Meat Stuffed Plantains at Tierra Colombiana

Photo via Cuban Food USA 

Tierra Colombiana, the less frou-frou and more distant sister to the Gayhorhood’s Mixto, serves Colombian, Ecuatorian, and Cuban food in North Philly.  It also doubles at a night club. But there was no way I was dancing after all the food I put away.  There are a lot of big plates on the menu, but my group focused on the appetizers so we had more to sample.

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