Food & Drink

The 15 Best Philly Foods for Under $10

Published On 10/21/2015 Published On 10/21/2015

Maybe you’ve been taking that special someone on dates that cost over $20 (why the eff would you do a thing like that?!), or maybe you’re saving some money so you can keep up with those Comcast bills. Whatever the reason, Philadelphia is the perfect place to be a little parsimonious and still eat like a champ thanks to all the things on our list of 15 great Philly foods you can get for $10 or less, none of which are cheesesteaks. Or pretzels. Or from Wawa.

Noodle bowl, $9.50

Same Same

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Northern Liberties

This traditional dish is filled copiously enough with herbs, veggies, and toasted peanuts that you’ll probably have leftovers the next day. Opt for the $4 spring rolls and $2.75 custard for dessert and you’ve got yourself a meal.

Annabelle Do/Buena Onda

Nachos, $9

Buena Onda

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Fairmount

Casual street food gets a Jose Garces twist at Buena Onda, where tacos start at just $3.50 a pop and shareable appetizers all clock in below $9, whether you opt for the $7 guac or the black bean-, queso-, and tomato-topped nachos.

Smokey Pint

Brisket sliders, $9.50

Smokey Pint

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Bridesburg

Almost the entire scrumptious barbecue menu at Smokey Pint costs less than $10 despite the fact it’s some of the city’s best BBQ, with portions that look like they’d go for... well, more than $10, presumably, and beer prices that are also fittingly low.

Scratch Biscuits

The PA Dutchman, $8

Scratch Biscuits

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Midtown Village

Any biscuit concoction you can imagine at Scratch -- whether it’s the brisket brisket for $8.50 or the plain jane for $3 -- is a no-brainer wallet-wise, especially since if you grab one for breakfast at this MV spot, you won’t be hungry until it’s time to come back for something on the lunch/dinner menu.

Waffles & Wedges

Nauti waffle, $10

Waffles & Wedges

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Rittenhouse

Channel your inner Leslie Knope and stuff yourself full of one of the dozens of waffle possibilities at W&W. You can opt for a more traditional buttermilk waffle for $4, or one of the 15 more exciting sweet and savory waffle concoctions, ranging from $5 to $10.

Mama's Vegetarian

Mama’s sandwich falafel large, $7

Mama’s Vegetarian

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Rittenhouse

The lunch lines at Mama’s may look intimidating, but don’t give up: the staff knows how to deal and will move quickly to provide you with fries and a soda for $2.50, spicy $6 avocado sandwiches, or this over-stuffed large falafel sandwich. Get a bit of everything and you’re still going to be spending close to the $10 range.

Honey's Sit N Eat

Weekday bargain breakfast, $4.95

Honey’s Sit 'n Eat

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South Street, Northern Liberties

Head there before work from 7am to 9am Monday through Friday and you can score a bounteous breakfast for less than $5. You get two options: two eggs, potato latke, grits, toast, and coffee, or a short stack of pancakes, side of meat, and coffee, both for just $4.95.

Knead Bagels

House-made ham, $8.25

Knead Bagels

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Market East

It’s not too late to hop on the Philly bagel revolution pioneered by spots like Knead that will make you yearn for New York no more, and that will serve you plenty of deluxe bagel sandwiches, all comfortably below $10.

Matt & Marie's

American-Italian hoagie, $6.25

Matt & Marie’s

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Logan Square

This is a perfect sandwich shop for the legions of Center City workers looking for a quick-and-easy Philly staple around the corner. The fresh Italian sandwiches at Matt & Marie’s range from $6.25 to $8.50 and the spot is open for breakfast or lunch.

Pizzeria Vetri

Pizza al taglio, $6

Pizzeria Vetri

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Fairmount

Regular pizzas at Vetri will cost you upwards of $12, but the always-changing al tagio specials usually clock in around $6 to $8. The cheaper fare at Vetri also includes $4.50 rotolo and fairly priced canned beer.

Los Jimenez

Unos ricos tacos de pancita, three for $8

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina

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South Philly

Your choice of three tacos at Los Jimenez will run you on average $6 to $9, but they taste like the place has spared no expense. The fresh, authentic tacos are enough to keep you satisfied, but also light enough on your wallet that you can try something else from the rest of the spot’s inexpensive menu, ranging from the $8 enchilada entree to the $6 chips and guac.

Dos Tacos

Ta-Korea, two tacos for $8

Dos Tacos

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Rittenhouse

This taquera-style newcomer has plenty of discounted taco specials throughout the week, including a limited menu through 3am weekends and guac going for $1.50. The aptly named spot provides you with, of course, two tacos of your choosing, all of which fall below $9.50.

Oyster House

Happy hour buck-a-shuck oysters, $1

Oyster House

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Rittenhouse

If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket and you’re looking to get fancy, look no further than $1 oysters and discounted beers at $3 a piece. You can also opt for the coveted weekend happy hour for the same deal from 9pm-11pm on Saturdays.

Dim Sum Garden

Soup dumplings, $5.25

Dim Sum Garden

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Chinatown

Located almost within sight of the brave travelers of the Chinatown bus, this spot serves up traditional Dim Sum in a flash for eaters on the go and on a budget. You can order soup dumplings and also try the $3.50 sui mai dumplings, making your meal still clock in below $10, and almost any other side you choose won’t cost you more than a Lincoln.

Mac Mart

BBQ-in-a-bowl, $8

Mac Mart (address and info)
Food Truck
This Philly food truck favorite gives you the option of stuffing yourself to the brim by getting a cup filled to the brim with mac 'n’ cheese. Oh, and even bigger portions with more gourmet toppings aren’t too harsh on your wallet either, like the $10 crabby mac doused in Old Bay.

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Marielle Mondon is a Philly-born freelance writer who could easily rack up a $60 bill eating one of these $10 foods. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MarielleMondon.

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1. Same Same 614 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

It may be named Same Same, but the menu definitely is a bit different. This fast casual Vietnamese restaurant serves spring rolls, rice noodles, and Bahn Mi sandwiches with unique toppings (including a sandwich that is almost like the classic cheesesteak).

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2. Buena Onda 1901 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

Taking inspiration from the Baja Peninsula and run by chef Jose Garces' Garces Group , Buena Onda serves tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas. The taqueria operates on a sustainable plan, partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and composting and recycling as much as they can.

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3. Smokey Pint 2549 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19137 (The Northeast)

This brew and BBQ restaurant is a brick and mortar version of the popular Oink & Moo food trucks, and serves the same quality barbecue alongside craft brews in a casual setting. Most of the beers are local, and the menu includes sliders, tacos, pulled pork, and ribs.

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4. Scratch Biscuits 1306 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Here you can make biscuits a part of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals.

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5. Waffles & Wedges 1511 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Here you'll find enough sweet and savory waffles to keep you full all day long.

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6. Mama's Vegetarian 18 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Don't let the word "vegetarian" in the name fool you -- Mama's is serving up some pretty kick-ass eats. The menu is on the smaller side here, but this kosher Middle Eastern restaurant just off the square means business with its dishes, like its latkes platter and eggplant sandwich. You'd also be smart to try basically anything involving the falafel: sandwiches, platters, soups. Be sure to top it all off with the baklava.

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7. Honey’s Sit N' Eat 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

Honey’s Sit N' Eat, a premier breakfast/Southern comfort food spot on Philadelphia's South Street, serves all of your favorite morning specials, and then adds three different kinds of bacon just to make you sweat. Made mostly of locally farmed and fresh ingredients, this eatery encourages sweet, gluttonous indulgence with a conscience. Normally it's one or the other.

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8. Knead Bagels 725 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

What really sets this bagel shop apart are its unique spreads like scallion lemon honey cream cheese, lime cream cheese, kimchee cream cheese, and hummus. The staff will recommend the best spreads for your favorite bagels. Chat up these bagel mixologists (bagologists?) for a breakfast that’s just for you. But once you try it, you'll Knead it in your life every day.

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9. Matt & Marie's 100 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This sandwich shop is the perfect spot for your favorite breakfast and lunch dishes.

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10. Pizzeria Vetri 1939 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Spring Garden)

The pizza-making outpost of acclaimed local chef Marc Vetri slings enormous calzones, wood-fired pizzas, and bottled cocktails for two.

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11. Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina 2654 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA 19148

These hearty tacos will keep both your wallet and your stomach full.

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12. Dos Tacos 120 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

This taqueria serves Mexican street food, but with unique twists and flavors from Chef Sylva Senat. The inside is small but the eats are worth it, like the yucca fries or the kamikaze taco. Plus, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights they stay open and serving a late night menu until 3 am.

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13. Oyster House 1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Philadelphia)

Drop on by the Oyster House for their famous Buck-a-Shuck happy hours and get shuckin'.

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14. Dim Sum Garden 1020 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Located on an obscure corner in Center City, Dim Sum Garden is a diamond in the rough. Its kitchen is dedicated to handmade food that far exceeds than its humble setting. Dim Sum Garden makes all its own noodles, hand-rolling and cleaver-slicing the dough into chewy, thick strands. Try the skewered shrimp, crisp with seasoning but soft inside.

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15. Mac Mart , Philadelphia, PA

Philly's only mac and cheese truck serves up unique one-of-a-kind cheesy creations like their heart attack mac with bacon, caramelized onions, and parmesan panko bread crumbs. With over 20 different mac combinations to choose from you will not be disappointed after a visit to this truck.

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