Whether you prefer to head into brothy battle armed with a spoon, chopsticks or both, Philly's got the Asian soup destination for you. Vietnamese pho has always been a huge deal in this city, but more recently, proper Japanese ramen-yas have been popping up across the landscape. There are even a few decidedly non-Asian bars and restaurants that flip the script by offering up soups as sometime specials. You just gotta know where to look.
Pho Xe Lua, or "Choo Choo," as it's lovingly referred to by locals, is the move when you're craving Vietnamese amidst a million Chinese options. Side up your soup with seafood dishes like the ginger/scallion lobster.
The specials board is what really separates SPTR from other bars of its kind. Look out for the elusive "Round Guy Ramen."
Solid place for a quick solo bite at the bar, thanks to the solid Japanese beer selection and stand-bys like the tuna pizza and tonkotsu ramen.
My jammiest jam here is pho "B15," with brisket, flank steak, fatty flank steak, tendon and tripe.
If you can take the heat, ask for extra-spicy — they will NOT hold back, and that's a hard trait to find among soup specialists!
Largest menu of the Philly ramen joints, plus recurring specials for seafood and veg heads looking to sidestep the whole pork thing.
The "RB Burger" isn't so much a burger as it is a badass steamed pork belly bun, dressed up with lettuce, tomato and special sauce. Sick!
A quite-utilitarian pho parlor that also happens to be one of the best. Don't go in expecting a large menu, but do expect knockout soups.
Cool and unexpected appetizer selection here, well beyond your average ramen-ya. Best part: It's BYO, but they'll throw you a free beer if you order an app.