Good food in Philly is like glitter in my wardrobe—it’s everywhere. The secret is out that Philly is a Mecca for stuffing your mouth. And while old classics (Pat’s, Geno’s, Ralph’s, etc.) and newer, swankier venues owned by Stephen Starr and Jose Garces get most of the press, what really makes eating in Philly exciting is the abundance of low-cost, mom-and-pop kitchens staffed by people from every corner of the world.
Never had Cambodian before? Khmer Kitchen in Pennsport will blow your mind and stretch the boundaries of your familiar Thai palette. Similarly, new in town is Sate Kampar off of the Passyunk foodie corridor, whose Malaysian skewers are finger lickin good. Pho 75 and Vietnam cover both ends of the Vietnamese spectrum. Slurp up the best ramen in the city Terakawa in Chinatown, right down the street from the best soup dumplings at Dim Sum Garden. Grab some cervezas and head over to Tacqueria La Veracruzana for some al pastor tacos, or any of the other great Mexican spots on 9th Street. Finally, head north to the New Wave in Port Richmond for pierogies and kielbasa. Paging Dr. Freud!