Best Value

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Philadelphia, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Banana Leaf and Paloma. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.

8 Tommy DiNic's
Founded by an Italian family that had been operating butcher shops and sandwich stands in South Philly since 1918, Tommy DiNic's is still ran by the same family, serving some of the finest sandwiches in the nation. In fact, the Travel Channel voted Tommy DiNic's roast pork w/broccoli rabe and provolone the best sandwich in the nation not too long ago. The rest of the menu is equally as appealing and worthwhile as well. With most sandwiches in the shop running well under ten bucks, it's easily in the running for the best bang for your buck in all of Philadelphia. ((215) 923-6175)

7 Sang Kee
This eatery can easily be missed upon first glance. With fresh produce hanging in the front, you might miss the restaurant that's on the side next to the big windows. Delicious won ton soup and all the traditional Chinese specialties, such as crisp duck and golden scallion pancakes. Whether you select chicken, beef, pork, or seafood, you can't go wrong. (215-925-7532)

6 Lee How Fook
Authentic Chinese dishes of gingered beef with scallions, shrimp in black bean sauce, and a myriad of other tasty combinations are available from this family-owned and operated Chinatown restaurant. The salt-baked squid and shrimp are particular favorites. (215-925-7266)

5 Tacconelli's
When you call Tacconelli's for a reservation, you aren't reserving a seat — you're actually reserving your pizza. And you absolutely must call ahead if you want to be sure of getting what the locals consider the VERY best pizza in Philly — try a white pizza with garlic oil and spinach. The casual no-frills restaurant has a few tables and the menu is limited to pizza and non-alcoholic beverages (you can bring your own beer and wine, however), and closing time depends on how long the pizza dough lasts, which is usually about 8:30 or 9pm. (215-425-4983)

4 Marra's
In a city of great pizza, some of the best is found at Marra's. This cozy, comfortable establishment serves up authentic, thin-crust pies cooked in a brick-oven. Though pizza is the most popular item on the menu, Marra's has plenty of other Italian favorites such as mussels, homemade lasagna and squid on Fridays. Casual dress. (215-463-9249)

3 Paloma
If you're looking to stray a bit off the gastronomical straight and narrow, few places in Philly can match the delightful daring of Paloma, a restaurant a few miles northeast of Center City that delivers fascinating amalgamation of haute French and Mexican inspirations. Rich, flavorful and artfully presented, owner-chef Adán Saavedra's cookery is unlike that you'd find anywhere else, and his attention to detail and creativity truly reward diners. NB The snug space (and superb food) dictate that reservations are strongly encouraged; last seating is at 8:30pm. (215-533-0356)

2 Ray's Cafe & Tea House
It's no wonder that Ray's Cafe & Tea House is perennially crowded. Authentic and affordable Taiwanese specialties such as beef noodle soup and Taiwanese rice noodles populate the menu, and the plump dumplings are without peer in Philadelphia. However, the main draw comes from the exquisite coffee and tea that Ray's produces. Using a siphon coffee maker, the full flavor and aroma of the premium grounds are released. The process itself is a show worth watching — the coffee brews upward before falling back into the pot. (215-922-5122)

1 Banana Leaf
Wood paneling and painted bamboo shoots give this Malaysian restaurant an authentic feel, one that is fully born out in the menu. Guests are faced with a combination of exotic and familiar dishes. The seafood lo mein is a particularly benign dish when compared to the crispy pork intestines. However, never fear! The helpful servers will steer you towards (or away) from certain dishes if you ask. (215-592-8288)


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Tommy DiNic's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
COST: $
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Sang Kee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $
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Lee How Fook 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $
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Tacconelli's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
COST: $$
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Marra's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: South Philly
COST: $
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Paloma 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French, Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: NORTHEAST PHILLY
COST: $$
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Ray's Cafe & Tea House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $
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Banana Leaf 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian
Neighborhood: Chinatown
COST: $