When we think affordable weeknight dinner, we immediately think of Lolita, a tiny Mexican spot in Midtown Village that’s always crowded but not annoyingly so. The narrow space is dimly lit, and works just as well for splitting a bottle of wine and some queso fundido with a few friends as it does for a date or solo dinner at the bar. If you’re here in the summer, they also set up a bunch of four-tops out front on the sidewalk that you can call ahead and claim.
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Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Oyster House has been around forever, and it still has one of the best oyster Happy Hours in the city.
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Sancho Pistola’s is the northernmost member of the Pistola family, and it works just as well for watching an Eagles game as it does for eating tacos.
Cantina Dos Segundos
Cantina Dos Segundos in NoLibs has reliably good Mexican food and margaritas by the pitcher.
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