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11 Philly Restaurants for Affordable Takeout

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The pandemic has impacted plenty of social activities, but gathering around the table to enjoy a meal together remains one of the best ways of connecting and having fun. Many of Philadelphia’s restaurants have perfected their takeout game over the past several months, too. Local eateries have gotten creative, with engaging meal kits and shareable meals, to make dinnertime a little more exciting. Restaurants like Marathon and On Point Bistro specialize in cooking comforting classics with flair. Other spots have dishes — like crunchy fried chicken, unique burgers, barbecue, and pizza — that will please a crowd.

Use this guide to find affordable, tasty meals at restaurants all over Philly. Every business on this map is open for takeout, and some even have outdoor seating for when you need fresh air.

A number of Philadelphia restaurants offer patio service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit phila.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Slice Pizza

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With locations in the Italian Market, Fishtown, Rittenhouse, and the suburbs, Slice Pizza is easy to find, and perfect for game day or any day. Mix a little fun into dinner by ordering a $10 DIY pizza kit that comes with dough for stretching, sauce for spreading, and cheese for sprinkling. Or choose from one of nearly 20 pizza combos — like margherita or sausage and peppers. Slice prides itself on offering an array of vegan and gluten-free options, too. 

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House

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Even the pickiest eaters will love a plate full of fresh noodles from this Chinatown mainstay. The restaurant serves a few dozen hot and cold noodle dishes, plus soups — combined with a variety of meats, seafood, or vegetables. Each comes with a choice: either long, pulled noodles or wide, ribbony shaved noodles. The large menu also offers rice dishes, dumplings, scallion pancakes, fresh vegetables, and more Chinese specialties. 

Saad's Halal Restaurant

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With a mix of Middle Eastern favorites and American standbys, Saad’s has something for everyone. The West Philly eatery features a wide variety of vegetarian items, including crunchy falafel, hummus with pita, and stuffed grape leaves. Halal meats, including lamb, shish kabob, and ground beef-based kafta, are also available. Meal deals — like a half rotisserie chicken over rice with vegetables, two sides, garlic sauce, and pita bread for $23.75 —  make for an especially good bargain.

bāo • logy

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Groups get to have fun with meal kits, which involve a little prep and cooking. The potsticker kit, for example, includes enough dumpling wrappers and filling (plus instructions and chili-garlic dipping sauce) to make 40 tasty potstickers. Plenty of ready-to-eat food is also available, particularly the Taiwanese restaurant’s popular gwa bao. These bright white, pillowy, handheld buns can be stuffed with fried chicken, oyster mushrooms, succulent pork belly, and more. Grab a side of dark purple forbidden rice, too.

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Campo's Philly Cheesesteaks

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This family-run cheesesteak shop, which has been around since 1947, makes a good version of Philly’s iconic sandwich, plus hoagies. Aiming to please all diners with its delivery options, Campo’s makes 50 different sandwiches and will serve any of them on a seeded roll, Italian bread, gluten-free roll, vegan roll, or even a whole wheat wrap. Finish your order with a Coke, and mealtime is set.

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Hatch & Coop

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It’s all about breakfast and fried chicken at Midtown Village’s Hatch & Coop. Egg sandwiches and bowls and available all day here, but fried chicken sandwiches steal the show. Look for spicy fried chicken, bacon-topped fried chicken, and even fried chicken served on a toasted waffle. The casual restaurant is also known for its tater tots, brownies, and ice cream sandwiches. 

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Crunchik’n

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The family behind Crunchik’n makes everything from scratch every day. The casual restaurant is known for its crunchy Korean fried chicken, which spends 24 hours in a special marinade and is brushed with a sweet or spicy glaze after frying. The Crunchik’n rice bowls and sweet potato-based Japchae noodles are also great options.

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Marathon On the Square

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The family behind this welcoming restaurant first opened a Marathon location in 1984, and the eatery has been serving Philly neighborhoods ever since. Only the location at 19th and Spruce is open now, but takeout and delivery are available. Matzo ball soup is a go-to here and a great way to start a meal. Follow it up with a salmon salad boosted with Moroccan influence, blackened chicken on ciabatta, or a veggie breakfast wrap that’s available all day. Call ahead to order.

On Point Bistro

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Since its opening a few years ago, this Point Breeze cafe has become a neighborhood favorite for locals. Start the meal with a shareable snack like cheesesteak spring rolls, burrata with toasty bread, or pan-seared Brussels sprouts. The entree menu is full of internationally influenced dishes, like a lamb burger, fish tacos, and gnocchi with bacon.

Lucky's Last Chance Queen Village

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With locations in both Manayunk and Queen Village, Lucky’s Last Chance is the place to go for both traditional and wild burgers. Adventurous eaters should try the burger topped with peanut butter and jelly or the award-winning “Pickle Monster,” stacked high with fried pickles, dill pickles, pickle aioli, and pickle potato chips. (Ideal for ordering before watching the game, or anytime, really.) Cool down with a Coke or strawberry lemonade.

Mike's BBQ

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Philadelphia hasn’t ever been known as a barbecue town, but the smoked meat scene is on the rise. Mike’s BBQ leads the pack with perfectly smoked brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and pulled pork. The brisket cheesesteak is a speciality here, but don’t skip the crowd-pleasing side dishes — like mustardy Carolina slaw, cornbread, and gouda mac and cheese. Complete the meal with a cold Coke and some banana pudding for dessert. 

BBQ beef and a pickle slice from Mike’s BBQ in Philadelphia.
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Slice Pizza

With locations in the Italian Market, Fishtown, Rittenhouse, and the suburbs, Slice Pizza is easy to find, and perfect for game day or any day. Mix a little fun into dinner by ordering a $10 DIY pizza kit that comes with dough for stretching, sauce for spreading, and cheese for sprinkling. Or choose from one of nearly 20 pizza combos — like margherita or sausage and peppers. Slice prides itself on offering an array of vegan and gluten-free options, too. 

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House

Even the pickiest eaters will love a plate full of fresh noodles from this Chinatown mainstay. The restaurant serves a few dozen hot and cold noodle dishes, plus soups — combined with a variety of meats, seafood, or vegetables. Each comes with a choice: either long, pulled noodles or wide, ribbony shaved noodles. The large menu also offers rice dishes, dumplings, scallion pancakes, fresh vegetables, and more Chinese specialties. 

Saad's Halal Restaurant

With a mix of Middle Eastern favorites and American standbys, Saad’s has something for everyone. The West Philly eatery features a wide variety of vegetarian items, including crunchy falafel, hummus with pita, and stuffed grape leaves. Halal meats, including lamb, shish kabob, and ground beef-based kafta, are also available. Meal deals — like a half rotisserie chicken over rice with vegetables, two sides, garlic sauce, and pita bread for $23.75 —  make for an especially good bargain.

bāo • logy

A burger from the restaurant bāo • logy in Philadelphia.
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Groups get to have fun with meal kits, which involve a little prep and cooking. The potsticker kit, for example, includes enough dumpling wrappers and filling (plus instructions and chili-garlic dipping sauce) to make 40 tasty potstickers. Plenty of ready-to-eat food is also available, particularly the Taiwanese restaurant’s popular gwa bao. These bright white, pillowy, handheld buns can be stuffed with fried chicken, oyster mushrooms, succulent pork belly, and more. Grab a side of dark purple forbidden rice, too.

A burger from the restaurant bāo • logy in Philadelphia.
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Campo's Philly Cheesesteaks

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This family-run cheesesteak shop, which has been around since 1947, makes a good version of Philly’s iconic sandwich, plus hoagies. Aiming to please all diners with its delivery options, Campo’s makes 50 different sandwiches and will serve any of them on a seeded roll, Italian bread, gluten-free roll, vegan roll, or even a whole wheat wrap. Finish your order with a Coke, and mealtime is set.

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Hatch & Coop

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It’s all about breakfast and fried chicken at Midtown Village’s Hatch & Coop. Egg sandwiches and bowls and available all day here, but fried chicken sandwiches steal the show. Look for spicy fried chicken, bacon-topped fried chicken, and even fried chicken served on a toasted waffle. The casual restaurant is also known for its tater tots, brownies, and ice cream sandwiches. 

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Crunchik’n

Boxes of fried chicken from the Philadelphia restaurant Crunchik’n.
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The family behind Crunchik’n makes everything from scratch every day. The casual restaurant is known for its crunchy Korean fried chicken, which spends 24 hours in a special marinade and is brushed with a sweet or spicy glaze after frying. The Crunchik’n rice bowls and sweet potato-based Japchae noodles are also great options.

Boxes of fried chicken from the Philadelphia restaurant Crunchik’n.
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Marathon On the Square

The family behind this welcoming restaurant first opened a Marathon location in 1984, and the eatery has been serving Philly neighborhoods ever since. Only the location at 19th and Spruce is open now, but takeout and delivery are available. Matzo ball soup is a go-to here and a great way to start a meal. Follow it up with a salmon salad boosted with Moroccan influence, blackened chicken on ciabatta, or a veggie breakfast wrap that’s available all day. Call ahead to order.

On Point Bistro

Since its opening a few years ago, this Point Breeze cafe has become a neighborhood favorite for locals. Start the meal with a shareable snack like cheesesteak spring rolls, burrata with toasty bread, or pan-seared Brussels sprouts. The entree menu is full of internationally influenced dishes, like a lamb burger, fish tacos, and gnocchi with bacon.

Lucky's Last Chance Queen Village

With locations in both Manayunk and Queen Village, Lucky’s Last Chance is the place to go for both traditional and wild burgers. Adventurous eaters should try the burger topped with peanut butter and jelly or the award-winning “Pickle Monster,” stacked high with fried pickles, dill pickles, pickle aioli, and pickle potato chips. (Ideal for ordering before watching the game, or anytime, really.) Cool down with a Coke or strawberry lemonade.

Mike's BBQ

BBQ beef and a pickle slice from Mike’s BBQ in Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia hasn’t ever been known as a barbecue town, but the smoked meat scene is on the rise. Mike’s BBQ leads the pack with perfectly smoked brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and pulled pork. The brisket cheesesteak is a speciality here, but don’t skip the crowd-pleasing side dishes — like mustardy Carolina slaw, cornbread, and gouda mac and cheese. Complete the meal with a cold Coke and some banana pudding for dessert. 

BBQ beef and a pickle slice from Mike’s BBQ in Philadelphia.
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