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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.
Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies
Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.View More
More than 25 delectable choices of gelato and sorbet will make it impossible to resist
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.View More
A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses
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.View More
Upscale comfort food in a retro chic environment
Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.View More
The original and still among the best
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).View More
A South Philadelphia landmark for brunch and great diner food
Simply stated: everybody who knows goes to Melrose.View More
Breakfast and lunch comfort fare comes to Graduate Hosptial
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.View More
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.View More
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.View More
Stuff yourself at Sabrina’s second location
The Italian Market darling for brunch boasts an outpost in the Fairmount neighborhood, where hungry diners fill up on oversized portions of comfort food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Hint: The brunch line is worth the wait.View More
Your friendly, neighborhood ice cream shop
Hugely popular with Fairmount kids of all ages (that definitely includes adults), Philly Flavors serves a huge variety of ice cream treats and award-winning water ice made from scratch.View More
Northern Liberties gastropub serving eye-opening eats
Since 2011, this gastropub has been winning over diners with innovative dishes and an impressive canned beer list.View More
Homestyle Southern food worth the wait
With plates packed with latkes, grits, challah French toast and drop biscuits with sausage gravy, it’s amazing the crowds aren’t even larger.View More
Awesome hot dogs from an unassuming corner spot on Washington Avenue
A self-proclaimed “mini-diner,” Moe’s has expanded its menu from 14 hot dog and sausage options to sandwiches, fish, salads and breakfast fare. Don’t worry — they still serve the original treats, many topped with homemade condiments.View More
An international house of breakfast
Diners at this breakfast destination find a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and a huge menu of delicious brunch goodies.View More
Full Vietnamese flavor
Owner Benny Lai introduced a smaller version of Chinatown’s Vietnam Restaurant to West Philadelphia. The inviting café features sleek décor, Vietnamese fare, a warm atmosphere and friendly service. Those waiting for a table can migrate to the glossy wooden bar to watch mixologists craft tropical-style cocktails.View More