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Best Philadelphia Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Philadelphia.

Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods Vegan
11/20
4504 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Vegan, raw foods and even something for the omnivores in West Philly. More...

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant Irish
12/20
Dining Room at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA 247 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Cozy Irish pub near Rittenhouse Square. More...

Bridget Foy's South Street Grill American
13/20
200 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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South Street mainstay serves consistent American fare. More...

Caribbean Delight Caribbean
11/20
1124 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Island spice on South Street. More...

Cedars Middle Eastern
13/20
616 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Affordable, friendly Middle Eastern restaurant is a step up from the usual. More...

Dalessandro's Philly Steak Sandwiches
Quick Bite
600 Wendhover St.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
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Dalessandro's in Roxborough still draws a crowd. More...

Dim Sum Garden Chinese
12/20
1020 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bargain dumpling house offers a sure thing from Shanghai. More...

Dmitri's Greek
13/20
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Tiny Greek seafood spot in Queen Village. More...

Effie's Greek
12/20
1127 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Authentic Greek hospitality and food in a tiny mid-town taverna. More...

Elevation Burger Burgers
12/20
Wynnewood Shopping Center
50 E. Wynnewood Ave.
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Elevating the humble burger to a higher consciousness. More...

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen Deli
Quick Bite
700 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

A Jewish deli tradition for matzoh ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and much more. More...

Federal Donuts Donuts
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Federal Donuts, Philadelphia, PA 1219 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Fried chicken and donuts: a fine match. More...

Fette Sau Barbecue
Quick Bite
1208 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Southern-style barbecue by way of Brooklyn. More...

Fu-Wah Mini Market Deli
Quick Bite
810 S. 47th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Lai family mini-mart and tofu hoagies in West Philly. More...

Fuel American
13/20
1225 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Fuel for healthy living at an affordable price. More...

The Gold Standard Cafe American
11/20
4800 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Tasty American fare at The Gold Standard Café. More...

HipCityVeg Vegan
Quick Bite
127 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Vegan food for people who don't like tofu. More...

Jamaican Jerk Hut Jamaican
11/20
1436 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Jamaican fare at a sunny South Street spot. More...

Jim's Steaks Philly Steak Sandwiches
Quick Bite
400 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Jim's Steaks is a local fave. More...

Joe's Peking Duck House Chinese
11/20
Marlton Crossing Shopping Center
145 Rte. 73S
Marlton, NJ 08053
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Crispy duck flies off the plate in South Jersey. More...

Kabul Afghan
11/20
106 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Tasty Afghan specialties at a storefront restaurant in Old City. More...

Karma Indian
12/20
114 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Authentic Old City Indian restaurant delivers. More...

La Fourno Italian
11/20
636 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Pizza is just the beginning at this bustling trattoria. More...

Little Pete's Diner
11/20
Philadelphian Apartment House
2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Down-home comfort food 24/7 at this eatery across from the Art Museum. More...

Loco Pez Mexican
13/20
2401 E. Norris St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Funky Mexican joint keeps 'em coming back for cheap margaritas and tacos. More...

Mai Lai Wah Chinese
11/20
1001 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Late night feasting is just the beginning at this Chinatown fave. More...

Manayunk Brewery American Regional
12/20
Dining Room at Manayunk Brewery, Philadelphia, PA 4120 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
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Sip handcrafted beers while enjoying views of the Schuylkill River from the outdoor dining deck. More...

Marra's Italian
11/20
1734 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Old-school Italian in South Philly. More...

Melrose Diner Diner
11/20
1501 Synder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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The original diner of everyone’s dreams. More...

Monk's Cafe Belgian
12/20
264 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Come for the 200 Belgian beers and stay for the hard-to-match pub cuisine. More...

More Than Just Ice Cream American
12/20
1119 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Family-friendly fare and standout desserts. More...

Morning Glory Diner Diner
12/20
735 S. Tenth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Line up for one of the best breakfasts in town. More...

Nam Phuong Vietnamese
13/20
1110 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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No frills Vietnamese restaurant for authentic pho and beyond. More...

Nick's Roast Beef of Old Philly American
11/20
16 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Nick's in Old City delivers the beef. More...

Penang Malaysian
12/20
Dining Room at Penang, Philadelphia, PA 117 N. 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Spicy Malaysian cuisine in Philly's Chinatown. More...

Pho 75 Vietnamese
12/20
Wing Phat Plaza
1122 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Eat Vietnam’s favorite beef noodle soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner. More...

Pietro's Coal Oven Pizza Pizza
12/20
1714 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Thin-crust pizza and more at this kid-friendly eatery. More...

Roberto Cafe Italian
12/20
2108 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Puglia-born brothers dish up authentic trattoria fare at this cozy South Street storefront. More...

Royal Tavern Gastropub
13/20
Dining Room at Royal Tavern, Philadelphia, PA 937 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Italian Market gastropub with one of the city's best burgers. More...

Sang Kee Peking Duck House Chinese
12/20
238 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Chinatown spot for crispy Peking duck. More...

Smile Cafe Thai
12/20
165 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Extensive menu of Thai fare including juicy dumplings and bright tasting pad thai. More...

South Street Souvlaki Greek
11/20
509 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dependable gyros and Greek fare in the heart of South Street. More...

Standard Tap American
12/20
901 N. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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This gastropub sets the mark for rival establishments around the city. More...

Tony Luke's Old Philly Style Sandwiches Sandwiches
Quick Bite
39 E. Oregon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Topnotch roast pork sandwiches in South Philly. More...

Tria Eclectic
13/20
Dining Room at Tria, Philadelphia, PA 123 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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A tasty trio of fermentation---wine, beer and cheese---make this café stand out from the pack. More...

Varga Bar Gastropub
13/20
Dining Room at Varga Bar, Philadelphia, PA 941 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Tasty gastropub fare complemented by craft beer and wine by the glass. More...

Villa di Roma Italian
13/20
936 S. Ninth St., #36
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Villa di Roma throbs with life and gallons of red sauce. More...


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