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Philadelphia Neighborhoods: 5 places to eat great ethnic cuisine in South Philly

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Forget Pat’s and Geno’s. We all know that South Philadelphia’s food culture encompasses much more than just cheesesteaks.

The area is home to a vibrant mix of ethnic communities and it is only apropos that South Philadelphia’s gastronomical offerings reflect that. From homestyle Vietnamese dishes to Middle Eastern shawarma straight off a vertical spit, it’s pretty easy to get a taste of the world from the many ethnic (and authentic) restaurants in the area.

1) Nam Phuong Restaurant 1100 Washington Avenue

South Philadelphia: Five Places to Eat Ethnic Cuisine

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Spotted: Check out these ‘garden sticks’ at South Philly High

We happened to be passing South Philly High recently and noticed these neat little vertical gardens lined up along Broad Street.

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Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, said the ”garden sticks” are planted with flowers, vegetables and herbs. They were donated by Urban Jungle and designed and painted by Southern’s students through a City Year service project.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Wonky intersection at 10th, Reed & Passyunk to be rebuilt this summer

The city plans to spend several hundred thousand bucks to improve pedestrian and traffic flow at the hazardous intersection of 10th, Reed and Passyunk.

Sam Sherman at Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation said that the city is in charge of the project, which we were tipped off to by a helpful reader who sent us a picture of the spray paint lines a couple weeks back. That also tipped us off to the fact that there has been some action at the shuttered Triangle Tavern, finally.

The biggest of the new planned bump-outs.

The biggest of the new planned bump-outs.

Sherman said the city plans to focus on traffic-calming measures like expanding the curbs to shrink the distance a pedestrian needs to cross, improving signals, adding pedestrian crossing signals, redoing the sidewalks and adding ADA-compliant ramps.

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Take the subway late night, pay the train conductor?

All-night service on the SEPTA subway lines starts on Saturday, but if you’re getting on a train in South Philly after midnight, chances are, you’re going to have to pay the train conductor. Like on the bus.

A SEPTA official demonstrates how you'll pay after midnight at most South Philly stations. Pic from

A SEPTA official demonstrates how you’ll pay after midnight at most South Philly stations. Pic from

SEPTA says that when its experiment with overnight subway service begins at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, June 15, only about a third of its stations will be staffed with anyone in the teller booth at the top of the platform. Only Lombard-South and Pattison Ave (AT&T) stations will have tellers down here.

Trains are set to run every 20 minutes overnight, and the conductor will collect transfers, tokens, passes and cash but won’t make change.

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