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Inexpensive and delicious near 22nd and Walnut

A friend and I are looking to meet for dinner around 22nd and Walnut this Saturday around 7:30 / 8. We have plans to meet friends at Roosevelt's at 9:30 and need a place for dinner beforehand.

I'd like it to be close by, so that we don't have to re-park, and since it will be cold, not walk too far.

We would like it to be inexpensive (entrees $15 or less), vegetarian options (I want to try Erawan but am not sure if they make vegetarian, fish sauce free dishes) and not too spicy. My friend has acid reflux and can't eat anything crazy like Ethiopian, etc.

I have a feeling that Fellini's is bad.

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  1. My first suggestion would be Tampopo on 20th near Chestnut (unless fast-casual Korean is too exotic or too casual).

    My second suggestion is Devil's Alley on Chestnut near 19th. Although mostly a pub/"ribs/burger" place, they have a large array of a la carte veggie side dishes (corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw, etc.) including some less common ones (maple-glazed carrots), good grilled sweet potatoes.. They also have a vegetarian savory grilled bread pudding appetizer that is pretty good, fried green tomatoes, and a bunch of salads.

    1. Tampopo is an excellent idea. Since this would only be my second foray into Korean (I have only been to Giwa) how does the menu compare? Is there more to try?

      I am a fan of Devil's Alley and that's another great suggestion. The price point is good and I like their mac and cheese.

      1. If you don't think 15th would be too far for you to walk, how about Good Dog?

        Also, if Chinese would be ok, I've heard good things from reliable sources about Square on Square, at 19th and Chestnut.

        There's a good kabob place on Sansom, I think between 16th and 17th. You'd want to check how late they stay open though, since it might be more of a lunch place. I can find out the exact name if you're interested.

        Finally, there's the Continental, also 19th and Chestnut.

        1. Good Dog is a favorite of mine, but I am hoping to minimize my walk on this cold night.

          I've always wanted to try Square on Square, but the online menu seems to lack much as far as vegetarian options.

          Right now, I'm thinking Tampopo, Devil's Alley or the Continental.

          I really want to try Erawan - anyone ever try to order vegetarian there?

          Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!

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          1. re: saturninus

            I am not a vegetarian, but I do recall that when we attended the group dinner at Erawan, there was a vegetarian table.

            1. re: vicarious

              haha, i think the vegetarian part consisted of me! granted, i did not specify fish-sauce-free meals, though, and i do indulge in seafood from time to time. i'm sure you could ask them to skip the fish sauce, though, they are most accommodating at erawan.

              the original poster is correct about fellini. i made that mistake once. all lard, no flavor!

              1. re: rabidog

                There are definitely true vegetarian dishes at Erawan -- I went there with someone who is very allergic to all fish and she ate veggie dishes there and was fine.

          2. Look no further than Snack Bar... 20th St. and Rittenhouse Square... amazing revoltuinary fare served tapas style in a totally comfortable, lounge-like atmosphere... trust me... it is the best choice for your needs.

            1. $15 pp for dinner? vegetarian options?
              I don't think that will work.

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              1. re: saturninus

                It's too late for the original poster, but if you go to Tampopo, it would totally work. There is nothing fancy about Tampopo, but the food is good. And I work near there, so eat there often with a vegetarian co-woker. One coule easily have a bento box with tofu, order of edamame and drink and get out udner 15. Easily.

              2. We ended up eating at Erawan, and were very pleased.
                The location was also perfect for where we were going, but parking was hard to come by!
                They were very accomidating that I was a vegetarian - my curry was delicious with so many levels of flavors, as was my tofu soup. It was a bit more pricey than I am used to for casual thai (my curry was $15) but I will definately go again!