While most folks stick to the giant pho halls on Washington Avenue, a few off-the-beaten-path places have cult-like followings that won't dare cheat on their favorite bowl of broth. Café Châu at 7th and Jackson Streets in South Philly is one of those storefronts, and Eater Philly just got word that they're closing up shop soon. If you've ever wanted to try the place out, go early this week (they're closed on Monday).
Phone calls weren't immediately returned, but chef Scott Schroeder, who is a regular, says they're looking for a place to re-open close by. There is also a chance they will take their bowls to Jersey, but everyone is hoping that won't be the case. Besides the pho, Café Châu has a strong banh mi game, and makes a delicious bowl of Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew) and Bun Rieu (tomato soup and crab meat), as well. For a more detailed love letter, CP critic Adam Erace gushed over the goods at the shop in late 2010.