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Eat Well On Any Budget

Under $10 a person:

Jim’s Steaks

For an iconic Philly lunch or late night snack, stop into Jim’s Steaks and taste a delicious cheesesteak (piled high with grilled steak, your choice of provolone or American cheese) or a hoagie (filled with spicy Italian salami, capiccolla, ham and provolone cheese).

Located in Old City, 400 South Street

Capriccio Café

Located on the beautiful Benjamin Franklin Parkway and steps from the LOVE statue, pop into this café (with a lovely patio) for a mid-day cappuccino and buttery croissant. If you’re looking for something more substantial there are a number of grilled panini sandwiches and fresh salads on the menu.

Located in the Parkway Museums District, 110 North 16th Street

Pop’s Homemade Water Ice

In business since 1932 (when Pop’s was just a push cart), this spot has become a historical Philly icon and a must-visit during the summer. The house-made water ice is as good as it gets, made fresh everyday using quality ingredients.

Located in South Philadelphia, 1337 Oregon Avenue

$11 to $20 a person:


The chefs at Bierstube work hard to match their stellar new German cuisine with the restaurant’s largest collection of German beers in Philly. Enjoy their outdoor biergarten in the summer months, brunch on Sundays and Lobsterfest Sundays where diners can enjoy a 1¼ pound lobster with veggies for $14.99.

Located in Old City, 206 Market Street

Yakitori Boy

This modern and colorful lounge is Philadelphia’s first Izakaya — basically a Japanese pub. Yakitori fare emerged out of Japanese street food, so think a lot of skewers of perfectly seasoned meats, seafood and vegetables grilled to perfection and served tapas-style. Wash it all down with a glass of premium sake and then head to the lounge’s second floor for some karaoke.

Located in the Convention Center District, 211 North 11th Street

$21 to $30 a person:

Bistro Romano Restaurant and Dinner Theater

Housed in a charming 18th century granary, a meal at Bistro Romano is really a night out. While the restaurant’s standard menu boasts a variety of classical Italian dishes with a gourmet spin (white truffle gnocchi, anyone?), the real fun happens with a murder mystery. For $45.95, guests can sit down to a four-course meal (plus an hors d’oeuvre reception) and try to figure out who the murderer is in the show. It’s a killer deal!

Located in Old City, 120 Lombard Street

Talulah’s Garden

This renowned chef Stephen Starr gem is the perfect setting for dinner on a warm summer’s evening. On the menu are seasonal and locally sourced dishes that celebrate the best of the season’s bounty. The patio is stunning — think lots of lush greenery and bright twinkle lights.

Located in Washington Square, 210 West Washington Square

$30 and up per person:


Any visitor to Philadelphia should try at least one of famed chef Jose Garces’ fantastic restaurants. Amada is a feast for the tapas lover: there are over 60 authentic Spanish bites on the menu including charcuterie platters (featuring Serrano ham), patatas bravas, Spanish olives and stuffed croquettes. Wash it all down with a tall glass of chilled sangria.

Located in Old City, 217 Chestnut Street


Iron Chef Morimoto is the mastermind behind this restaurant, which boasts traditional Japanese dishes that are elegant, refined and beautiful to look at. The a la carte menu features a variety of sushi, a raw bar, hot entrees and cold dishes or you can give up all choice and opt for the Omakase, a multi-course menu designed to highlight the best of the chef’s style.

Located in Washington Square, 723 Chestnut Street

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