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Philadelphia is a serious restaurant town, but that doesn’t mean eating here has to cost a fortune. In fact, there are countless fun and affordable places for a kid-friendly meal.

While there are plenty of high-end eateries to choose from, visitors can also have their pick of countless places where they’ll find an equally satisfying and less expensive dining experience.

With menu options running the gamut — from a famous soft pretzel (25¢) to an authentic pork taco ($2.50) to an ultra extravagant cheesesteak ($100) — the delicious choices are infinite.

The following selections are just a few suggestions for great family-friendly dining — with establishments that offer quality kids menus or similarly appropriate dining options.

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  • Pizzeria Stella

    Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies

    Pizzeria Stella

    Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

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  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    More than 25 delectable choices of gelato and sorbet will make it impossible to resist

    Capogiro

    Everyone is raving about the gelato at Capogiro, from Town and Country and Oprah’s O Magazine to Food and Wine and the New York Times.

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  • Di Bruno Bros.

    A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses

    Cheesecave at the Chestnut Street Di Bruno Bros.

    The Di Bruno Bros. specialty store on Chestnut Street is an absolute must-see if you appreciate food. At all. Seriously. This place is very close to a boutique foodies heaven.

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  • Jones

    Upscale comfort food in a retro chic environment

    Jones interior

    Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

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  • Pat’s King of Steaks

    The original and still among the best

    Pat’s King of Steaks

    Pat’s claim to fame is that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Since then, Pat’s has grown from a little stand at the southern end of South Philly’s Italian Market to one of the most famous cheesesteak shops in the world, albeit still in the same location (and still the only location).

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  • Melrose Diner

    A South Philadelphia landmark for brunch and great diner food

    Melrose Diner

    Simply stated: everybody who knows goes to Melrose.

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  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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    Brewery micro-chain has inviting beer, great food and awards galore

    Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

    The award-winning Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the kind of place where old friends can enjoy a round of brews at the billiards tables, or dine on seared ahi tuna and prime rib.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

    The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

    What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

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  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Another member of Philly’s cheesesteak royalty.

    Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Steve’s Prince of Steaks has been a cheesesteak institution in Northeast Philadelphia for more than three decades and now that they’ve opened a location in downtown Philadelphia, more and more happy customers are becoming “loyal subjects” of the Prince…, as the slogan on Steve’s t-shirt happily declares. And for good reason: the cheesesteaks at Steve’s are legit.

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  • Shank’s Original

    Classic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies on the South Philadelphia waterfront.

    Shank’s Original

    Visit Shank’s Original for a highly reputed cheesesteak and an old-school South Philly experience transplanted to the waterfront. The tradition of Shank’s dates back to 1962 when Shank’s and Evelyn’s (“Shank’s”) opened its doors to the Italian Market near 10th and Catherine Streets. In 2009, Shank’s closed it’s original location and opened a new location on Columbus Boulevard. The new location is right at the base of Pier 40 on the Delaware River.

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  • Dalessandro’s

    Excellent cheesesteaks in the city’s northwestern ridge.

    Dalessandro’s Steaks

    Dalessandro’s has been serving delicious — if sinfully greasy — cheesesteaks from their corner locale for as long as anybody can remember. Legend has it that the grillmasters at Delassandro’s season their sizable flattoped grill with fat before adding the meat.

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  • Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef

    Home to the “Best Sandwich in America”

    DiNic’s Roast Pork in Reading Terminal Market

    Located in the famous Reading Terminal Market in Center City, DiNic’s has been wowing locals and visitors alike for decades with its amazing roast pork sandwich. In 2012, its roast pork sandwich was deservingly crowned “The Best Sandwich in America” by Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.

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  • DiNardo’s Famous Crabs

    Shell-cracking seafood in Old City since 1976

    The famous hot and spicy Baltimore-style crabs at DiNardo’s.

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1976, family-owned DiNardo’s Famous Crabs in Old City is widely known for their shell-cracking feasts.

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  • Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat

    Breakfast and lunch comfort fare comes to Graduate Hosptial

    Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat

    This Honey’s is the second Honey’s location. The original location opened in Northern Liberties in 2005, and has basically been overflowing for breakfast and lunch service at 4th and Brown ever since.

    The new location has pretty much the same menu as the original — look out for delicious favorites like Challah French Toast, Brisket Soft Tacos, Fried Green Tomatoes, Country Fried Steak, Patty Melts, Milkshakes and a lot more — but the new location is larger than the original, so we’re hoping the waits on weekends won’t be as long.

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  • Lil’ Pop Shop

    Everything tastes better on a stick

    For those who think everything tastes better on a stick, Jeanne Chang is your new hero: her whole-other-ballgame artisan popsicle flavors include mango sriracha, apple pie “a la mode” and peanut butter curry.

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  • Bobby’s Burger Palace

    Cheap eats from a superstar chef

    With toppings like watercress, fresh goat cheese and more, chef/restaurateur Bobby Flay’s signature burgers—not to mention his savory sides and more than 10 milkshake flavors, a few of which are spiked—are undeniably delicious. All beef is certified Angus and cooked to order. This modern burger joint, which offers unconventional options like the “Philadelphia,” topped with provolone, grilled onions and hot peppers.

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