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budget dinner in philly

my girlfriend and I are heading to a concert in philly, and I'm looking for suggestions for a pre-show meal. we're only looking to spend around $50 total for the meal, but I'm sure a great meal can be had for that. We're both pretty adventurous eaters, so unusual is better, but anyplace that puts out a good, affordable meal will do.

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    1. re: Tonyjlive

      the concert's at the electric factory, so we'd want to be eating somewhere near there if possible, though its not crucial.

    2. You can get a great meal in South Philly. Try Nam Phuong vietnamese on 11th just south of Washington. There are also mexican places, Tacqueria Verecruzana is on Washington btw 9th and 10th, or La Lupe which is on 9th near Federal. Definitely under $50 for two ppl.

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      1. re: JugglerDave

        I'll second Nam Phong - you'll eat well and spend very little!

      2. In my opinion this is an easy one. A few blocks away is Chinatown so I would have to go with Lakeside Chinese Deli. You can get out of there for $30 total with tip and have some of the best Chinese food in the city, also it's a byob so you can get your drink on before the concert if so desired. And if you want to be adventourous you most certainly can be, or you can play it safe. Search the board for past posts for ordering ideas as this is a favorite of many. Service is great and decor is nothing pretty, however, can't beat the food and price.

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        1. re: Tonyjlive

          Except that Lakeside closes fairly early, and isn't really a dinner place. Many here will recommend Szechuan Tasty House or Shiao Lan Kung instead, or, certainly, Vietnam.

          1. re: Hardart

            Lakeside closes at 8, but it's definitely a dinner place as long as you get there in time for dinner.

            Our bill is often less than $20.00!

            1. re: sylviag

              careful though, as they aren't open everyday

        2. How about Penang in Chinatown (Tasty food, quick service, lively atmosphere, and inexpensive) or Rangoon (One of my fav restaurants in Chinatwon)? I like Miran Korean in C.City too. Mexican restaurants on Wash. Ave are a good option too.

          1. Dimitri's, at 3rd and Catherine

            1. Kabul -- Afghani food at 2nd and chestnut -- you can probably spend $30 for two there. Great Kabobs.

              1. Vietnam in Chinatown! You can get a meal for about 30 including tip and a few bucks more will get you some alcohol!

                1. I would suggest hitting the Northern Liberties neighborhood for dinner... I've parked on Spring Garden and then just walked to the NoLibs for dinner and back to the Electric Factory for the show. Lots of good choices in that area: The Abbaye, North 3rd, and the Standard Tap are all affordable and tasty gastropubs. And, if you park on Spring Garden, you avoid paying to park in a lot near the show.