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Philadelphia Cheap Eats Comfort Food Joints

FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 04:06 PM

I've been creating a Google Map of above average cheap eats comfort food joints on my website:

I would like to gather some more names to investigate further. If you have any please post here. Thank you Danny

These are the ones I have so far

Capogiro Gelateria
Dalessandro's Steaks
Devil's Alley Bar & Grill
Grey Lodge Pub
Honey's Sit N Eat
John's Roast Pork
La Fourno Pizza
Little Pete's
Lorenzo Pizza
Los Taquitos de Puebla Restaurant
Moriarty's Restaurant
McNally's Tavern Chestnut Hill
Oregon Diner
Pat's King of Steaks
Sarcone's Deli
Standard Tap
Steve's Prince of Steaks
Tony Luke's

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  1. bluehensfan RE: EastCoastWineMan Jan 27, 2009 03:06 AM

    Good Dog
    Reading Terminal Market (esp. Dutch Eating Place and DiNic's)
    El Fuego
    Naked Chocolate Cafe (although the old location seems to be oddly better)

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    1. re: bluehensfan
      Bigley9 RE: bluehensfan Jan 27, 2009 09:24 AM

      I second Slice and add Los taquitos de Puebla

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        FrugalDanny RE: Bigley9 Jan 27, 2009 11:39 AM

        not sure which slice?

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          Bigley9 RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 12:17 PM

          Slice at 10th and Federal - great thin crust pizza

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            FrugalDanny RE: Bigley9 Jan 27, 2009 12:29 PM

            ok done

    2. FrugalDanny RE: EastCoastWineMan Jan 27, 2009 06:42 AM

      taking a look and adding
      good dog
      reading market
      el fuego thks

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        gjassman RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 09:40 AM

        Chink"s Steaks
        Tony's Place (Tomato Pie)

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          urbanfabric RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 10:19 AM

          I'd say Royal Tavern and their sister Cantina restaurants (in South Philly and NoLibs).

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            FrugalDanny RE: urbanfabric Jan 27, 2009 11:36 AM

            added royal & cantina dos segundos

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              cwdonald RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 01:53 PM

              Syrenka's Luncheonette, and the New Wave Cafe, both in Port Richmond.

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                FrugalDanny RE: cwdonald Jan 27, 2009 07:09 PM

                added thks

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            mazza3 RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 07:00 AM

            la lupe
            el jarocho
            prohibition taproom

            you just made me hungry and thirsty....jerk! :)

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            1. re: mazza3
              FrugalDanny RE: mazza3 Jan 28, 2009 08:32 AM

              go get something to eat
              lupe jaroche sketch mapped

            2. FrugalDanny RE: Michelle T Jan 28, 2009 10:00 AM

              on the map thks

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              1. re: FrugalDanny
                bluehensfan RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 10:17 AM

                Brown Betty Petite near Rittenhouse for cupcakes
                And oddly nobody notcied the Geno's omission...or would it not qualify for "above average?"
                Cafe Estelle
                Tartes in Old City

                1. re: bluehensfan
                  FrugalDanny RE: bluehensfan Jan 28, 2009 10:43 AM

                  is it above above average (:-D)

                  mapped betty estelle tartes

                  waiting to hear other opinions on geno

                  tria is nice a little spendy to me


                  1. re: FrugalDanny
                    bluehensfan RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 02:25 PM

                    Never eaten at Geno's, but "wit" Pat's across the street, they are kind of a two-fer...

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                TwoBellies RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 10:43 AM

                how about Pudges Blue Bell>?

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                  FrugalDanny RE: TwoBellies Jan 28, 2009 11:04 AM

                  nice...going to save it for penn map thks

                2. juice RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 12:36 PM

                  Plaza Garibaldi
                  Nick's Roast Beef (Old City)
                  Mrs. K's (breakfast)

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                  1. re: juice
                    FrugalDanny RE: juice Jan 28, 2009 05:42 PM

                    mapped thank you

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                    samsmom1127 RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2009 07:50 AM

                    We just tried Paesano's, the new sandwich place opened by the chef at Modo Mio, just across the street from the restaurant on Girard Avenue. It was fantastic. A roast suckling pig sandwich, a hot dog wrapped in proscuitto, a chick pea pancake (sort of like Italian falafal), an order of roast potatoes, and two dessert crispelles (along with three cans of soda thrown in for free) for $22.00. We ate this over two days. I can't believe the quality for the price.

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                      FrugalDanny RE: samsmom1127 Jan 29, 2009 08:19 AM

                      sounds great..mapped it

                    2. rabidog RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2009 12:48 PM

                      what's the google map link?

                      taqueria veracruzana
                      xe lua viet thai
                      chef king (pretty darn good chinese delivery - 10th + sp garden)
                      jose's (10 + sp garden also)
                      taco riendo
                      spaghetti warehouse (kidding, kidding!!!)

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                      1. re: rabidog
                        FrugalDanny RE: rabidog Jan 29, 2009 12:53 PM

                        i'm not allowed to post a link...but my profile has my site listed...once there look for philly down to the right. thks by the way i'll strt working on your suggestions.

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                          FriedClamFanatic RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2009 06:21 PM

                          Hey, WOW kewl site! Roadfood taken to a new level. Wish you luck.and hope that you get a CoL raise from all your advertisers to get you at least into the 1970's

                          In the meantime, although not in the city, Jimmy John's Hot Dogs on Rte 202 in Chadds Ford has been an instituion since 1940 ( I figured you could relate to that on a wage/ad revenue level)

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                        ken from conshy RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2009 02:05 PM

                        Pho 75 two locations Adams near Bvd. in NE Philly and Washington Ave S. Philly
                        Saigon Cafe next to Pho 75
                        Mama's 20th below Market - falafal
                        Steve's Steak Bustleton Ave. NE Philly

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                        1. re: ken from conshy
                          FrugalDanny RE: ken from conshy Jan 29, 2009 04:07 PM

                          thank you ken

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                          ramonasaur RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2009 04:14 PM

                          Pho-Ha! 6th& Washington.
                          I'm phoddicted. 5 bucks for a huge bowl of beef noodle soup, 6-something for the even more delicious weekend stew specials. the other week when it was like 9 degrees out the heat there was broken (it was fixed the next day), but the place was still packed with diners.

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                            FrugalDanny RE: ramonasaur Jan 29, 2009 04:46 PM

                            good one - done

                          2. rabidog RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2009 04:57 PM

                            is cafe de laos cheap enough to make your list?

                            hrm, if it is, i guess it wouldn't be fair not to mention these:

                            vietnam palace
                            vietnam cafe
                            ...can someone help me out with the name of that HUGE vietnamese place, stand-alone bldg, at (i think) 11th and washington? nothing on the menu over, like 6? has it already been listed?
                            david's mai lai wah - this really doesn't get enough credit, i don't think. i've been there a couple times (granted, late, and after the bars have closed, so my judgement is a bit impaired) and the food is cheap, and solid.
                            saad's halal place
                            fu wah (deli, take out)
                            mama's (oh someone mentioned this - i second it - and also there's the location at 6th and south which is not vegetarian)

                            ...this thread makes me wish that lakeside deli was still open...

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                            1. re: rabidog
                              cwdonald RE: rabidog Jan 29, 2009 05:44 PM

                              well the successor to Lakeside is Dim Sum Garden and their wonderful soup dumplings... right by the chinatown bus station.. and a worthy addition to this list.

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                                rabidog RE: cwdonald Jan 29, 2009 09:28 PM

                                OK, OK, i am going to try this dim sum garden i swears!!! :) the question is... how are their sesame balls??? chinatown bus station - there are 2 btw (tho they are both on 11th) but i'm assuming you mean the one that's covered by a building (is that the convention center? i should really know this).

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                                  Bigley9 RE: rabidog Jan 30, 2009 05:54 AM

                                  yes, the bus station covered by the hilton? Parking garage? - after your loop through the reading terminal, go grab soup dumplings - it's in that block of 11th : )

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                                    gbean RE: rabidog Feb 4, 2009 06:44 AM

                                    Bring a straw to suck that lovely broth! LOL.

                                2. re: rabidog
                                  ramonasaur RE: rabidog Jan 29, 2009 06:19 PM

                                  i absolutely second fu wah (47th & baltimore) and their banh mi / tofu hoagies -- $3 for a filling hoagie with marinated tofu, pickled carrot, cilantro & sauce.
                                  also delicious abyssinia (45th & pine? i think?) and saad's (around there too).

                                  also, has anyone mentioned koch's yet? (43rd & locust) -- not super cheap but the sandwiches are HUGE (last time i was there the counter guy recounted a customer who dislocated his jaw trying to get his mouth around one) and they give you free meat and cheese and pickles while they make yours to order.

                                  and tony luke's on oregon... mmmm.

                                3. Rondo RE: FrugalDanny Feb 2, 2009 09:05 AM

                                  For Vietnamese, just went to Nam Son, 16th & Washington, yesterday. Son and I each had pho and split a bbq pork banh min. He got iced French coffee w/condensed milk. They give you a pot of tea. The bill was less than $20. The pho was better than Vietnam and other places I've had it.
                                  Italian, add Dolce Carini on Chestnut St between 19th and 20th (I think). Great steak sandwiches and I hear their pizza is good but haven't tried it yet.

                                  1. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 12:18 PM

                                    The Current Philadelphia Cheap Eats Comfort List:

                                    Brown Betty Petite

                                    Cafe Estelle

                                    Cantina Dos Segundos

                                    Capogiro Gelateria

                                    Chinks Steaks

                                    Dalessandros Steaks

                                    Davids Mai Lai Wah

                                    Devils Alley Bar

                                    Dim Sum Garden

                                    Dolce Carini

                                    El Fuego

                                    Good Dog Bar & Restaurant

                                    Grey Lodge Pub

                                    Honey's Sit N Eat

                                    John's Roast Pork

                                    Koch's Deli

                                    Little Pete's

                                    Lorenzo Pizza

                                    McGillin's Olde Ale House

                                    McNally's Tavern

                                    Moriarty's Restaurant

                                    Mrs K's Koffee Shop

                                    New Wave Cafe

                                    Nick's Roast Beef

                                    Pat's King Of Steaks

                                    Pho 75

                                    Pho Cafe Saigon

                                    Pho Ha

                                    Pho XE Lua Viet Thai

                                    Plaza Garibaldi

                                    Royal Tavern

                                    Sarcone's Deli



                                    Standard Tap

                                    Steve's Prince Of Steaks

                                    Syrenka Luncheonette

                                    Taco Riendo

                                    Taqueria Veracruzana


                                    Tony Luke's

                                    Tony's Place

                                    Vietnam Restaurant

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                                    1. re: FrugalDanny
                                      bluehensfan RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 01:22 PM

                                      No DiNic's or Dutch Eating Place or anything at all at the Reading Terminal Market?...it's one big cheap eating place! :)

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                                        ramonasaur RE: FrugalDanny Feb 3, 2010 05:45 PM

                                        also, the New Wave Cafe in port richmond/kensington, on allegheny at mercer (between 95 and aramingo). really, really good polish food, and i don't think anything on the menu is more than 9 bucks.

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                                          Delucacheesemonger RE: FrugalDanny Feb 5, 2010 06:47 AM

                                          Vote for Nick's at 20th and Jackson, Tacconelli's, Chink's, Primo's Ardmore, Famous 4th St Deli

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                                            barryg RE: Delucacheesemonger Feb 7, 2010 07:29 PM

                                            Famous is comfort food at its best but it is NOT cheap. You pay dearly for the quality, but they are the best at what they do.

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                                          PhillyCook RE: FrugalDanny Jan 29, 2010 06:46 AM

                                          Brown Betty (there's an original in No Libs, not just the Petit at Rittenhouse)

                                          Abbaye (try the Abbaye Cheesesteak -- best cheesesteak in the city, with chimay marinated beef tips and gripped veggies, comes with a side of terrific homemade fries, all for under $10. Great beer list, too)

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                                            Elaine RE: FrugalDanny Feb 4, 2010 12:01 PM

                                            Cedars, Sahara for great middle eastern; Italian Trattoria at the Restaurant School for good pasta. Has anyone mentioned Campo's for sandwiches?

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                                            1. re: Elaine
                                              naneharvey RE: Elaine Jun 6, 2010 02:45 PM

                                              I second Cedars (better than Alyans and not much pricier).

                                              Also Maoz (two locations) -- cheap and pretty tasty and open late

                                              Johnny's Hots -- combo is a hotdog & fishcake on a roll. 1234 North Delaware Avenue

                                            2. FriskLamb RE: FrugalDanny Feb 9, 2010 07:09 PM

                                              Porkys on N. 5th - great pork sandwiches.
                                              Grace Tavern on south near graduate hospital - poboys and sandwiches in general.
                                              Cisco's in Flourtown for the best value cheese steaks - Bethlehem Pike ($4.50)
                                              Fairlane dinner in Erdenheim on Bethlehemn Pike
                                              Billy Murphys - Conrad street - East Falls - great wings and sandwiches.

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                                                gakski RE: FrugalDanny Feb 13, 2010 06:06 AM

                                                Lee How Fook, Pete's Clown House, Krakus Supermarket Cafe.

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                                                  dpdoughphilly RE: FrugalDanny Mar 27, 2010 12:32 AM

                                                  Nicks Famous Roast Beef at 20th and Jackson. Make sure you get a combo (means with provolone), on the outside (means that they slice some of the crusty spicy goodness and put in the sandwich), overboard (means that they dunk the entire sandwich in the house rendered jus). And the gravy fries have the chunks that have fallen into the jus from carving the beef for sandwiches.

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                                                    roccostwin RE: FrugalDanny Sep 6, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                    picnic @ 3131 walnut st. philadelphia, pa.

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                                                      MainLiner RE: FrugalDanny Sep 9, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                      European Republic is a great deal for a wrap and OUTSTANDING Belgian frites.

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                                                        FriedClamFanatic RE: FrugalDanny Sep 9, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                        For the food and the crowd, the Melrose diner is always a great trip!

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                                                          Philly Ray RE: FriedClamFanatic Sep 10, 2013 04:47 AM

                                                          When was the last time you were at the Melrose? The last time I was there, it wasn't very good. I much prefer the Penrose or the Oregon Diner.

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                                                            FriedClamFanatic RE: Philly Ray Sep 10, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                            Admittedly.it has been about 5 years.and I only tend to go for breakfast/brunch type meals.but there was often a an "interesting" crowd in there

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                                                          bugablue13 RE: FrugalDanny Sep 11, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                          Herschel's deli in Reading Terminal. Old school stuff though, not the sliced sandwiches. The matzoh ball soup and latkes are to die for. And I'm Italian :)

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