In 20th-century Nam Dinh, a province in northern Vietnam, pho was served as a street food. Vendors would weave throughout the city bearing a shoulder pole. On one end, a collection of bowls and ingredients. On the other end, a coal stove and bubbling beef broth. Eaters would simply stop the chef and request a bowlful of the soup. Today, Pho Street formalizes the process in Philly.
Come to the newly opened branch of this restaurant, only a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square. The Vietnamese eatery dishes out the classic pho dac biet, which teems with six different types of beef: eye-round steak, flank steak, brisket, soft tendon, tripe, and meatballs. Seafood, chicken, and vegetarian varieties are available, too. Pho Street also offers other traditional Vietnamese dishes, from broken rice to vermicelli noodles.