I GREW UP IN CHICAGO, so I’m used to deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago-style hot dogs. When I moved to Philadelphia, I was a hard critic. Luckily, the City of Brotherly Love never disappointed.
I worked full-time in the restaurant business and insisted that chefs, managers, coworkers, and locals tell me their favorite spots to eat. Because I always operate on a strict budget, these finds became regular hangouts only if they were cheap. Most of the goods here are available for under $10 a pop.