Welcome to Philly’s Cheap Eats Revolution

Photograph by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

Photograph by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

We’ll always ooh and aah over a bowl of hand-rolled pasta, always have sous-vide short ribs in our dreams, always bow down to the almighty tasting menu. But these days, the most exciting tastes in Philly are coming from the most unlikely of places: the takeout counter. As chefs turn their talents to elevating quick-serve food, something amazing has happened: The most pedestrian bites are suddenly fresher, more interesting and a whole lot better. Now, we dream about lunch. Here, 94 ways to join this fast-food revolution.  Read more »

Cheap Eats: 15 Binge-Worthy Bowls at Philly Eateries

From top: Honeygrow's BBQ stir-fry, Poke Bowl's Poke Bowl, and Bryn and Dane's Acai Bowl | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

Clockwise from top: Honeygrow’s Red Coconut Curry stir-fry, Poke Bowl’s Poke Bowl, and Bryn and Dane’s Acai Bowl | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

This week on Foobooz, we’re publishing our guide to Philly’s new world of cheap eats: upscale quick cuisine that’s as exciting as a meal at Vetri — at a fraction of the price. Today, an ode to bowls — and all the delicious things Philly eateries are cramming inside them. Check out our favorite one-bowl meals below. Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see all our Cheap Eats goodness in one place.  Read more »

Cheap Eats: Philly’s Most Serious Salads

Daily Salad from Malvern Buttery | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

A Daily Salad from Malvern Buttery | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

This week on Foobooz, we’re publishing our guide to Philly’s new world of cheap eats: upscale quick cuisine that’s as exciting as a meal at Vetri — at a fraction of the price. Today, we’re all about serious salads that can stand on their own as hearty, filling meals. Below, check out 21 of our favorites in the city and ‘burbs. Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see all our Cheap Eats goodness in one place.  Read more »

Cheap Eats: The Philly Diner’s 2016 Bucket List

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Hungry? Match the numbers above to the descriptions below | Photograph by Claudia Gavin

This week on Foobooz, we’re publishing our guide to Philly’s new world of cheap eats: upscale quick cuisine that’s as exciting as a meal at Vetri — at a fraction of the price. Check out our roundup of one-dish wonders at eateries all around the region below. Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see all our Cheap Eats goodness in one place.  Read more »

Cheap Eats: Philly’s Tastiest Tacos — By Neighborhood

Tacos at Buena Onda | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

Tacos at Buena Onda | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

The biggest food story of Philly in 2016? The upscaling of quick cuisine. Philly chefs are turning their attention to sandwiches, salads and tacos, Philly restaurant owners are dreaming up killer concepts, and Philly eaters are demanding that every meal is just better — better tasting, better quality. The result is our new fast-food revolution, where takeout is as exciting as a meal at Vetri. This week on Foobooz, we’ll be publishing our guide to this new world of cheap eats. (There’s not a cheesesteak mentioned!) Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see it all in one place.   Read more »

Cheap Eats: 25 Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia Right Now

House Roasted Turkey from Woodrow's Sandwich Shop | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

House Roasted Turkey from Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop | Photo by Davide Luciano, styling by Claudia Ficca

The biggest food story of Philly in 2016? The upscaling of quick cuisine. Philly chefs are turning their attention to sandwiches, salads and tacos, Philly restaurant owners are dreaming up killer concepts, and Philly eaters are demanding that every meal is just better — better tasting, better quality. The result is our new fast-food revolution, where takeout is as exciting as a meal at Vetri. This week on Foobooz, we’ll be publishing our guide to this new world of cheap eats. (There’s not a cheesesteak mentioned!) Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see it all in one place.  Read more »

Cheap Lunch at Mama’s Vegetarian Now Even Better

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If you’re a practical cheapskate like I am and you work anywhere near Mama’s Vegetarian on 20th Street, then you know that there’s really no reason to eat at a food truck when Mama’s Vegetarian aka Mama’s Falafel is in the neighborhood.

For $3.50, I can get a small Mama’s falafel sandwich on my choice of a wheat or white pita plus as much from the pickle bar as I can cram into the little to-go side containers that they give you. And believe me, I can cram in a lot. (I’ve also been known to slide one of those insanely hot long-hots into the bag.) But now, they have sweetened the deal even more. Read more »

Cheap Eats: Sumo Sushi

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We all know sushi has gone the way of many ethnic cuisines: it has been Americanized and diversified, split into fast, authentic orders in small bars or aesthetically exciting plates served in large and trendy spaces reminiscent of laser lit European nightclubs. I don’t know the detailed history of sushi’s ascendance in America, but sometime after its birth in the 1970s and boom in the late 1980s, numerous sushi spots have become synonymous with stylish interiors (multi-colored lighting systems included), and many Americans have become sushi connoisseurs, creating hierarchies for the seasoned diner who knows his or her way around a sashimi salad and the novice who struggles with California rolls. Multiple dollar signs are also part of the equation. So where does one go in Philadelphia for a little bit of everything: quality food, good ambience with fixed lighting, and great service, all for a reasonable price? Enter Sumo Sushi.

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Cheap Eats: So Crepe

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While studying abroad in Paris last fall, I got so used to buying and eating crepes that I experienced a reverse culture shock when I came back to Philly and could only find crepes in classy and expensive French restaurants. Thankfully, So Crepe opened about two months ago to fill both the void in my stomach as well as in the market for good, cheap crepes in Philly.

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Cheap Eats: Franzone’s

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Franzone’s may be the best pizza in the Philadelphia area that you have never heard of. It doesn’t have the name or pedigree of a Nomad or Osteria, but to those with a very specific taste for a very specific kind of pizza, it may be better than all of them. And at $9.50 for a small pie and $12 for a large plain, it is certainly the best value.

Franzone’s has been written up in a number of Philadelphia publications–raved about by those who’ve discovered it and fallen for its charms–but it still rarely sees anyone other than locals come through its doors. In some ways that’s a good thing. The place has character. The lack of notice keeps the place honest and local. After all, Franzone’s is a Bridgeport institution, and Bridgeport, as a closely knit working-class community, has Franzone’s as its center.

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