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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: 5 great Southeast Asian restaurants

A version of this post was published in partnership with, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

By Christasia Tiease Wilson and Greta W. Iverson

Nhan is the owner of Cafe Nhan

Nhan is the owner of Cafe Nhan at 1620 W. Passyunk Ave.

South Philly has always been bustling with new cultures. With new immigrants, traditions and families, different types of restaurants have been introduced to the community. For those who wish to try something different, there are a ton of highly accessible restaurants with authentic cuisines from Southeast Asia. Whether you’re in Point Breeze, Newbold or Girard Estates, there’s probably a Southeast Asian restaurant within walking distance.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Circles chef opening Thai taqueria at 429 South St. called Tuk Tuk Real

Chef Alex Boonphaya, the owner of the tasty Thai place Circles at 1516 Tasker St., is planning to open a Thai taco joint at 429 South St.

He’s partnering with his Mexican-born sous chef, Silvestre Rincon, to open Tuk Tuk Real, which will meld the cuisines from both countries. It’s going in the former spot of Paul’s Idaho Fries, a boardwalk-inspired french fry and funnel cake place.

Future home of Tuk Tuk Real at 429 South St.

Future home of Tuk Tuk Real at 429 South St. Image from Paul’s Facebook page.

Expect 45 seats for dine in, takeout and delivery for lunch, dinner and late night seven days a week. As for the name, here’s the explanation from a news release:

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square :  Point Breeze 

South Philly’s Best of Philly winners – and there are plenty of them

best-of-philly-2013Once again, South Philly represented a disproportionate share of Best of Philly winners in Philly mag’s August issue, which marked the 40th year the publication has been running this list.

Some winners are not surprises, but they’re honors just the same. Then there are some quirky little winners like the best car wash. Ok.

Without further ado…


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