Cheap Eats! Top 5 Budget-friendly Restaurants in Philadelphia, PA
You find yourself in one of the biggest cities in America, you're hungry, but you don't want to spend an arm and a leg on something to eat. What do you do?
The good news is five of the top 100 restaurants for cheap eats in America can be found in Philadelphia -- and one of those restaurants is in the top ten.
Even better, these five budget-friendly eateries showcase a wide variety of culinary tastes, so you're sure to find something that's quite tasty.
Within the past few weeks, editors at USA Today looked at Google ratings for more than 28,000 restaurants across 50 cities in America and they included everything from fast food joints to little mom-and-pop places.
The only qualifiers are that a restaurant has to be designated as one dollar sign on Google’s cost scale and have 200+ reviews.
With those benchmarks in mind, here are the five best places for food in Philadelphia when you only have a few bucks in your pocket...
92. Cucina Zapata - 3101 Ludlow St.
We'll start this culinary journey with a great Mexican food truck in the city -- Cucina Zapata.
Over the years, the quality of food that you can find coming from a food truck has skyrocketed and a prime example of that is Cucina Zapata, which is now nationally ranked on this list.
Fish tacos, coffee, sweet potato curry chicken, Cap'n Crunch burritos, and much more.
Cucina Zapata can be found on the campus of Drexel University at 31st and Ludlow.
82. Al-Baik Shawarma & Grill - 3217 Willits Rd.
If you are in the mood for Mediterranean food, Al-Baik Shawarma & Grill is worth a visit.
One reviewer recently commented,
Best mediteranean food in the city handsdown.
Others have commented that the staff is simply amazing -- "Excellent fresh food, bright & clean atmosphere, and the owner and staff were so gracious and welcoming. Prompt & friendly service."
81. Bold Coffee Bar - 1623 Ridge Ave.
You can't start a cheap eats list without a place to grab a terrific cup of coffee and that is exactly what you will get at Bold Coffee Bar.
As one reviewer said,
They really hit the mark with calling themselves Bold! I visited almost everyday this week to try out different lattes and each latte was unique with bold flavors. I had the toffee nut crunch latte, lavender honey latte, and caramel macchiato. All three were so pleasant to drink.
You'll find Bold Coffee Bar in the Spring Garden section of the city, between Girard College and Broad Street.
26. Frankford Corner Store & Deli - 7544 Frankford Ave.
Frankford Corner Store and Deli is one of those great little neighborhood spots. While it looks rather monotone on the outside, what you can find inside is anything but.
Amazing breakfast sandwiches, French toast, BLTs, giant pickles, and more. And from what the locals say, if you stop by a few times, you'll be treated like family.
You can find Frankford Corner Store & Deli right on Route 13 about a minute north of Cottman Avenue.
10. Czerw's Polish Kielbasa - 3370 Tilton St.
And in the top ten is a place that you need to try just on looks alone...
Czerw's serves, of course, kielbasa in any number of flavors along with sausages, pork butt, bacon, and even good old-fashioned hot dogs.
For the past 84 years, Czerw's has been the purveyors of old-fashioned Polish foods. Using the "Old World" technique, our kielbasa is smoked in traditional brick-oven smokehouses.
You can find Czerw's in the Port Richmond section of the city, just minutes from the Allegheny Avenue exit off of I-95.