Vietnamese coffee and hoagies at Cafe Vinh Long

Cafe Vinh Long is a family-owned Vietnamese cafe located in the Lower Moyamensing neighborhood of South Philadelphia. This authentic coffee shop has been a staple along the 7th st business corridor for nearly 20 years. The neighborhood has changed plenty throughout the decades, but the made-to-order Vietnamese hoagie (banh mi) and coffee (ca phe) has remained the same as when the shop first opened.

The owners brought the recipes and coffee extraction method from South Vietnam when they arrived in Philadelphia in the late 80's. They opened Cafe Vinh Long (originally named Minh Chau) at a time when Vietnamese restaurants and coffee shops were a rare commodity in Philadelphia.

Today, we can find Vietnamese dining in nearly every neighborhood. Vietnamese coffee is sold at pho restaurants, Asian bakeries, and hip coffee shops. There's even Cà Phê Roasters, a Vietnamese coffee roaster in Kensington.

At Cafe Vinh Long, Vietnamese coffee is not reinvented. It is the same coffee your grandparents would have found at their favorite coffee hut served on the sidewalk of Vietnam. It's simple, it's robust, and it's delicious.













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Cafe Vinh Long
2230 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 334-8505

Best Charcuterie Boards in Philadelphia

Charcuterie and cheese are amongst the best things in life. We've listed some of our favorite spots in Philadelphia for charcuterie boards below. (The cheese list will be much longer.)

 

Tria

1137 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tria has three locations in the city, all worth checking out. The mostarda on the charcuterie board really makes it. Get the charcuterie board, some featured cheese, and your choice of wine or beer.

Royal Boucherie

52 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Chef Nick Elmi puts together a delicately thorough charcuterie board with items like foie gras terrine, pate, wild boar terrine, chicken liver mousse, and house cured meats.

Jamonera

105 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jamonera's charcuterie board allows pairing of jamon serrano with various cheeses, banderillas, house pickles and more.

Di Bruno Bros.

930 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

How could a list be complete without Di Bruno Brothers? Di Bruno has a few locations throughout the city, but the original Italian Market location is our favorite. The best charcuterie board is one you construct yourself. The knowledgable staff and cheesemongers at Di Brunos will pair your charcuterie with the best cheese.

Philadelphia C-CAP Ignite Benefit

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a program that empowers underserved youth through the culinary arts by providing job training, life skills, and work opportunities. C-CAP partners with 150 public high schools throughout the country to support 15,000 students nationwide each year to develop their interest and skills for careers in the culinary and hospitality industry.

Every year for the past five years, C-CAP Philadelphia has hosted an Ignite Benefit to raise donation for the program. We were fortunate enough to attend this year's benefit at the Crystal Tea Room to enjoy the grand tasting of culinary creations from over 20 of Philadelphia’s chefs who were assisted by talented C-CAP students and alumni. In addition to enjoying the fine cuisine and drinks, guests were also encouraged to bid on silent auction items and learn more about the programs that have been helping C-CAP Philadelphia students for over 25 years.

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This year's chef lineup includes some of our favorites, including chef Ari Miller of Musi. The Ignite Benefit was eye-opening and an amazing opportunity to meet both seasoned and up-and-coming chefs. The food and drinks were delicious and bountiful, but it was the inspiring students that made the event truly unforgettable!

In Philadelphia, C-CAP prepares 1,000 high school students in 17 schools for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. In addition to job training and internships, C-CAP provides curriculum enrichment for high school culinary classrooms, career exploration and advising opportunities, scholarships through cooking competitions, college advising, teacher professional development and product donations for classrooms.

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Learn more about C-CAP at ccapinc.org and keep an eye out for next year's amazing benefit.

Dalessandro's versus Chubby's cheesesteaks

The best cheesesteak in Philadelphia debate is a tiresome and endless one. Every Philadelphian has their personal favorite spot and every other person will tell you that Geno’s and Pat’s are tourist traps. We are not going to resolve the great cheesesteak debate today, but we will attempt to address the Dalessandro's versus Chubby’s one once and for all.

Dalessandro's and Chubby’s come up regularly when you ask a local for the best cheesesteak recommendation. Usually, Dalessandro's is mentioned and someone will quickly tell you to check out the underrated Chubby’s across the street. The two shops sit across from each other, separated by Henry ave in Roxborough.




 










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In our experiment, we ordered a cheesesteak each from Dalessandro’s and Chubby’s steaks. Both places had a line, but Dallesandro's had a much longer wait time. Dalessandro's bread seemed higher quality and their meat was more heavily seasoned, although still a bit lacking in flavor. The onions from both shops were buttery, but not so thoroughly distributed. They kind of just dropped the onions on top of the meat. Chubby’s onions were also overwhelmingly drenched in butter. Personally, we prefer our onions cooked in steak grease.

As the lines of people had foreshadowed, Dalessandro's cheesesteaks beat out Chubby's in this competition. We would recommend you check either of these cheesesteaks if you’re in the Roxborough neighborhood, but there are enough quality cheesesteaks in the city that you don't have to go out of your way.