Sampan is a Pan-Asian restaurant in Midtown Village, and while the large, loungey, and very purple space may feel a little outdated, the food here is still good. We’re especially into the small plates, like the chicken bao bun and rabbit egg roll, which are all $5 or less during Happy Hour. And if you’re not into the vibe inside, you can get the whole Happy Hour menu out back at the Graffiti Bar, which is a lot less purple.
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Hershel’s East Side Deli
Hershel's is a deli inside Reading Terminal Market with a great pastrami sandwich.
The Center City location of Davio’s is the original one, and it’s a mix between a fancy Italian restaurant and a kitschy steakhouse.
Loco Lucho’s Latino Kitchen
Loco Lucho’s is a Puerto Rican stand in Reading Terminal Market with a great Cuban sandwich.
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DK Sushi is an outpost of Double Knot inside of Franklin’s Table that serves excellent sushi, including a $35 mini-omakase.
You have to walk down an alley next to Sampan to get to Graffiti, an outdoor bar with TVs and cheap drinks during Happy Hour.
1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge
When you’re looking for reasonably priced sushi, but still want it to feel a little special, head to 1225 Raw in Center City.
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Double Knot is an all-day cafe with a basement izakaya that serves some of the best Japanese food in the city.
Giuseppe & Sons
Giuseppe & Sons is a two-floor Italian spot in Center City that’s part casual lunch shop and part upscale restaurant.
Middle Child is a contemporary diner/deli in Midtown Village that serves breakfast and lunch every day but Monday.
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