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My husband and I just started a pretty tight budget (we have been spending waaaay to much on dinners) but still want to go out a few times a week for a nice dinner. Any good suggestions where we can find some cheap (yet delicous food) for less than $40 a couple. We still want to have a nice dining experience in a nice atmosphere, we just don't want to pay alot for it! We love all types of food. We live in Ambler but are willing to drive a bit if we have to (though center city might be out of the question because parking alone will take a big chunk of our budget). Any suggestions will be appreciated!!!!

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  1. Finding good food close to Ambler is tough enough, let along good, cheap food! Here's a few spots within a 20 minute drive.

    For seriously cheap and good Mexican food, check out Taqueria Michoacana in Norristown. We also frequently head to Tierra Columbiana for Cuban/Columbian food, just off the Boulevard. Both of these have full bars, so watch to make sure you don't make up what you save on food, by running up a bar tab. Persian Grill in Lafayette Hill is another option.

    A good place to consider downtown for a great inexpensive meal with fairly easy street parking-- Jamaican Jerk Hut, which is BYO. Bring your own bottle of rum to mix with their fresh juice and enjoy live music on the deck. Just be prepared for service that runs on island time too.

    I also have to mention that we have been taking advantage of KC's Alleys specials lately too-- especially their half price burger night on Mondays. I not much of a fan of KC's normally, but a it's good for $3 burger without having to travel.

    Finally, the Flourtown Farmer's Market has great deal on Saturday at 4PM when the vendors are closing. Great for an easy picnic meal during the summer.

    1. If you are willing to drive into the city than head to Dmitri's on 3rd and Catherine Sts. for amazingly fresh and amazingly good food at low prices... My girlfirend and I are also on a tight budget but go their at least once a week and pay no more than $60 (including tip) and we order PLENTY of food! An added bonus is that it is a BYO so bring a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy! You will find it hard to resist not to go back every week!!
      Also, in Ambler might want to check out Trax Cafe (also a BYO) for inexpensive, yet good food! Good Luck!

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      1. re: jandrewmanne

        >>If you are willing to drive into the city than head to Dmitri's on 3rd and Catherine Sts. for amazingly fresh and amazingly good food at low prices... My girlfirend and I are also on a tight budget but go their at least once a week and pay no more than $60 (including tip) and we order PLENTY of food!<
        Pardon me if I step on some toes (I don't mean to) but when did $60.00 for two (without beverages as Dmitri's is a BYOB) "Cheap Eats?? Since "mid price" in most restaurants is $17.00 entrees and appetizers in the $6.00 range. I'd cal, Dimitris "mid price" - as well as SMALL and Crowded. Granted they have good food (though I only have to walk three blocks to get there!). I'm not sure I'd call it CHEAP. If you want LOTS of food for under $60.pp INCluding a glas of wine or a beer, places like Marrakeesh or the restaurant next to Cedars, will do the trick. (No, I'm not promoting those restaurants. It's just that I don't consider Dimitis that cheap anymore.)
        SteveR

      2. Using Taste of Portugal as a reference (from another of your posts)...

        You might try one of the 'Pho' Vietnamese restaurants along Adams Avenue about a block up from Taste of...on your right in the Rising Sun Plaza. Pho 75 i think it's called. Very cheap local eatery, and good.

        Taking Adams to a right on Rising Sun and then into Fox Chase / Rockledge area you might also consider Austrian Village on Huntingdon Pike. Cheap, basic, good Austrian/Germanic foods. (think Weinerschnitzel, spaetzle, etc) Catch it at the right time on Sat evening and you'll catch the band with lederhosen and some polka.

        In the entirely opposite direction...go to Upper Darby and seek out Sol De Peru and Sabor Latino on Garrett Road. Maybe a bit of a drive for you but if you canmake it to Taste of Port you can make it here. Both very good and little known and very authentic. The Peruvian is truly a little gem...authentic blue corn beverages, Inca cola, etc. THe owner is very hospitable and will come out and talk to you extensively and answer any questions.

        Korean your thing>? the Stonewell on Ridge Pike in conshohocken is very good too. They also do sushi.

        All of these are rarely crowded (except the Pho on a Saturday afternoon.)