by Tara Nurin - 221 Reviews - 105 List
From weekdays to the weekend, we've found "cheap eats" specials all across the Philadelphia area. (Photo courtesy of McGillin's Olde Ale House)
Updated: January 29, 2010
Mondays: Open wide for $5 wrap specials all day Monday at this wrap repository and bar. An assortment of specialty wraps normally priced at $6-$8 shave up to three bucks off themselves for diners who come in person, rather than order for delivery. That's okay because now that there's a bar at this former fast-food joint, sitting inside and eating is much more entertaining.
Tuesdays: During the punky bar's longstanding Taco Tuesdays, $1.50 beef and veggie hard-shell tacos feed a hungry South Street crowd from noon to 9pm or until whenever they run out. Mexican junk food is turned into a snack that satisfies all the food groups with the addition of lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Veggie tacos sub refried beans for beef but the half-priced margaritas shouldn't meet any opposition from either herbivores or carnivores.
Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, and to be fair, every night from Monday to Saturday, diners in the bar of this grandiose highrise restaurant can sample a discount menu of four sharable pizzas, a plate of meatballs, baked polenta and mascarpone, mussels, a cheese plate and more. The medium-sized portions will set you back $9 and the special runs from 5pm until close.
Thursdays: Every Thursday from 5pm to 1am, Chef Michael O?Halloran cooks up ten different varieties of Asian dumpling (okay, so the Philly Cheesesteak flavor might be a loose interpretation) and serves them mix-and-match style, three to a plate, for $.50 each. Race your friends to jab the most with your chopsticks, or play ?guess what flavor this one is.? With kinds that change weekly and range from curried vegetable to sweet potato, bacon and green apple, this is a fun and filling way to eat on the cheap.
Fridays: Rated by Zagat as one of the Philly region's three best Northern Italian restaurants, this fine-dining emporium is slumming it by offering Frugal Fridays, when entrees like the Lobster Fra Diablo, Fried Oysters and Veal Carbonara are reduced to $10. Other options---think sliders, mussels and flatbreads--are reduced substantially and broken down by price, ranging from $3 to $8.
Saturdays: A $6 sirloin steak served with a side salad makes for a nice alliteration but more importantly, it makes for an inexpensive and substantive dinner. Every Saturday after 5pm, the $6 steak comes with a potato and vegetable, plus an optional $.99 salad. Pitchers of some domestics run from $5 to $6.50, which promises you can get drunk and full for less than 13 bucks.
On Sundays between 11am and 3pm, a full brunch costs $15. What you'll get, aside from the pleasure of nibbling brunch in a sexy Spanish tapas lounge, is the choice of three menu combinations, each of which includes four of the restaurant's brunch tapas. Translated, this means that your plate of eggs cooked one of three different ways arrives accompanied by three side dishes, which are also available a la carte as full small plates. No comprendes? Sample the sabor for yourself.