Food & Drink

5 Great Places for Cheap Eats

Where to Fill Up Without Laying It All Down

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Everyone’s on a budget these days. Check out our favorite places to break bread — without breaking the bank.

Asian Invasion
Just because you want to eat cheaply, doesn’t mean you have to go hole-in-the wall. Head to sleek Sampan during happy hour to fill up on snacks for just $2 each. Dumplings, satay, and sliders, plus generous drink specials, make it the perfect place to eradicate workday woes.

Market Value
If you’re planning a party but are short on cash, make your way to the South 9th Street Italian Market to load up on reasonably priced ingredients. Though you’ll have to jostle your way through crowded sidewalks, the outdoor stalls heaped with produce are worth the trip. Got money left over? Spring for a colorful pinata at one of the nearby Mexican shops.

Giant Portions
Nestled in a South Philly shopping center, Nam Phuong is the place to go for authentic Vietnamese fare. Take your pick from bowls overflowing with pho, noodles, congee, and other delicacies. Since even those with ravenous appetites will undoubtedly leave with leftovers, we recommend splitting one of the gargantuan meals with a pal.

Something for Everyone
He wants the duck fat fries; you won’t touch them. For those engaged in the never-ending animal consumption battle, find a happy medium at Divan Turkish Kitchen. Veg fiends will be content sopping up creamy hummus with pita bread, while meatheads can sink their teeth into kebabs. You’ll both want to save room for baklava and rice pudding.

That’s Italian
Rittenhouse restaurants are almost always pricey, but the smattering of small plates at Cichetteria 19 won’t empty your wallet. Request a sidewalk table at the Venetian eatery and sample carpaccio, olives, and hearts of palm sandwiches that’ll leave you satisfied but not stuffed.

Photo: David Joseph / Courtesy of Sampan

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Nam Phuong
1100-1120 Washington Ave
@ 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
South 9th Street Italian Market
S 9th St
bt Wharton & Fitzwater Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cichetteria 19
267 S 19th St
bt Manning & Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19103
124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
918 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19146