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This is a spread of food at Gou Restaurant.
8.3

Gou Restaurant

Haitian

North Philly

$$$$Perfect For:KidsBYOBWalk-InsTakeawayDeliveryLunchBreakfastDinner with the ParentsBig GroupsSerious Take-Out OperationCasual Weeknight Dinner

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This Olney restaurant is where you go for classics like pwason fri and fluffy black rice, as well as rasta pasta with grilled shrimp. It’s the best Haitian restaurant in Philly. The BYOB has lots of large wooden tables, so it’s an easy place to walk in with a few friends at the last minute, pass around some wine, and eat big pieces of oxtail. While there are lots of dishes on the menu, they have our favorite griot in the city. The tender braised bits of pork have a lemony flavor, giving it a nice blend of salt and citrus. Since they close at 10pm, it’s a good solution post bar hopping or after being sucked into the Phillies game and realizing you have nothing to eat at 8pm.  

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