Philadelphia's Best Dinner's Under $20 Dollars

Philadelphia's Best Dinner's Under $20 Dollars

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Philadelphia, PAPhillyBite Dinner under $20 - In a top-notch eating city like Philadelphia, there’s no need to spend big money to dine well. Philly’s restaurant scene makes excellent eats available at all price points, including pretty darn cheap.


Whether the occasion is a power lunch, a romantic supper or a late-night nosh, true Philadelphia deliciousness can be enjoyed at low cost. Here are just a few options for  under $20 dinners (drinks excluded)—meals that are both inexpensive and impressive:

Dinner Under $20:

Bar Bombon – The vegan Latin food at this chic Rittenhouse Square hangout appeals equally to eaters’ ethics and savings accounts. Standouts include nopales and rice enchiladas, fried yucca and tres leches cake. 133 S. 18th Street, (267) 606-6612, barbombon.com
Cheu Fishtown – Regulars come early and often to the River Wards outpost of the popular Center City ramen spot of the same name. Daily happy hours mean apps such as chicken wontons and fried dumplings for $4-$5; every hour, shareable entrees—bibimbap, lamb ho fun and ramen—tend to top out at $15. 1416 Frankford Avenue, (267) 758-2269, cheufishtown.com
Fountain Porter – Sometimes after a night on the town, only a burger will do. The spare menu at this East Passyunk spot focuses squarely on that offering, and for $5, leaves enough cash for a beer (or three) to wash it down. 1601 S. 10th Street, (267) 324-3910, fountainporter.com
Hardena/Waroeng Surabaya – The beloved Indonesian enclave in South Philly tempts with authentic flavors and generous pricing. Gado gado salad, curried rendang and vegan collard greens in coconut milk each clock in at 12 bucks and under. 1754 S. Hicks Street, (215) 271-9442, hardenaphilly.com
Kanella Grill – The menu at this casual, date-appropriate Washington Square West bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot keeps it simple and affordable. Cypriot and Greek dishes such as kebab platters served with bread, rice, fresh salads and homemade condiments, taste like a million bucks. 1001 Spruce Street, (267) 928-2085, kanellarestaurant.com
Love and Honey – A three-piece with cornbread for $9.25 means there’s no good reason not to take out fried chicken from this Northern Liberties fave. The CIA-trained chefs also make some mean sides and pies. 1100 N. Front Street, (215) 789-7878, loveandhoneyfriedchicken.com
Ngon Ngon – Truth be told, countless Vietnamese restaurants in Philly sell inexpensive pho, banh mi and noodle bowls. This small South Street-area eatery leads with a charming, laid-back atmosphere—a good backdrop for low-key romance. 615 S. 3rd Street, (215) 457-5553, ngonngonrestaurant.com
Taqueria La Prima – Formerly known as Prima Pizza Taqueria, this Italian Market staple has given up on the pizza to focus on what it does best: tasty, inexpensive tacos, tamales and tortas—all served until 3 a.m. 1104 S. 9th Street, (215) 339-5000

 

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