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Best Low Cost Dining in the Philadelphia Area (Part 1)

Going to a new city shouldn’t break the bank in terms of food.

There are always plenty of options you can choose from that won’t make your wallet cry at the first sight of the bill, including a major hub like the Philadelphia area. So just for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to eat while in Philly that won’t wreck your budget.

Joes Steak + Soda Shop 

Located at 1 W Girard Ave this low priced eatery has some of the best food for your buck. With steaks running $6-$9.25, depending on your hunger level, and an array of burgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese and more.

Started in 1949 by Samuel “Chink” Sherman and currently operated by Joe Groh, Joes Steak + Soda shop has continued to be known as one of the best cheesesteaks in the area and worth a trip in your cheap eat adventure of Philly.

Same Same

Located at 614 N 2nd St and started in 2013 by Chef Chad Kubanoff, Same Same features authentic Vietnamese Food with a modern twist. Receiving “two bells” from food critic Craig LaBan, this eatery features high quality food for a low price.

The menu features more than sandwiches and all main dish choices are in the $9-$11 range. They even offer vegetarian and vegan options throughout their dinner/lunch times. Come by anytime, except Monday when they are closed, and prepare to be thrilled and filled up with delicious food.

Matt & Marie’s

The focus of this eatery that’s located at 2 Logan Sq. is top-notch Italian sandwiches. The sandwiches can range anywhere from $6.25- $8.50 and while filling, will not break the bank.

Matt & Marie’s opens early for breakfast and is the perfect lunch spot if your office happens to be nearby.

Matt & Marie’s uses only the freshest bread, meat and other ingredients. And it’s run by two people who strongly believe that you should be able to get a good sandwich no matter how long of a lunch break you have. And they deliver on that promise.

Chestnut St. Philly Bagels

1705 Chestnut St is home to Chestnut St Philly Bagels, a new spinoff of South St Philly bagels, located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Here, you can get a hefty bagel with cream cheese for only $3 and for those of you that might have a larger appetite, you can fully load your bagel to make it a sandwich and still have it fall under the $10 range.

If you’re in the mood for killer snack options that will bring back some favorite childhood memories, try the pizza bagels ($4) or the bagel dogs ($5).

Dos Tacos

Philly’s newest Mexican Taquiera is located at 120 S 15th St. Opened by “A chef and two nightlife guys”, this eatery has a menu of about 10 items and range from $7-$9. Feeling the hunger pains, for $20, you can get a whole rotisserie chicken with pico de gallo, sour cream, elotes (corn on the cob) and eight tortillas.

Dos Tacos is open from 11am to 9pm Monday-Wednesday and until 3am Thursday-Saturday.

Stay tuned for our next posting, where we’ll complete the list of delicious Philadelphia area eateries for the lowest cost possible.


Dine in Style in the Philadelphia Area

Whether you live in or frequently travel through Philly, we will help you get to the best places for authentic, delectable Philadelphia cuisine – at any price point. We’ll gladly drive you in Philadelphia with our limo service to take you to all of your favorite eating establishments.

Private, door-to-door service in a sedan or limo may be far more affordable than you realized, and it is certainly the most convenient way to travel on the busy Philadelphia area roadways. Why not get a quick online quote and see how easy it can be? It’s super-convenient and there’s no obligation to book transportation now, so what are you waiting for?

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Best Low Cost Dining in the Philadelphia Area (Part 1)

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