Great Affordable Restaurants
Published: April 2010
By Salma Abdelnour
From modern Mexican to haute Asian, here are our six picks around the world.
Philadelphia: Pizzeria Stella
Dinner for two $31.
The Scene: A Naples-meets-NYC-style pizzeria from restaurateur Stephen Starr.
The Dish: Pizza topped with clams, broccoli rabe, pancetta, and mozzarella.
The Steal: Glasses of wine are $5.50, draft beers go for $4, and pies start at $9.
Atlanta: Miller Union
Dinner for two $59.
The Scene: Chef Steven Satterfield cooks up local cuisine in a mid-century warehouse building.
The Dish: A farm-fresh egg baked in celery cream; chicken-liver mousse on cranberry-walnut toast with pickled radish.
The Steal: Tuesday night’s Harvest Dinners: family-style three-course meals for $30.
Dinner for two $45.
The Scene: Chef Rick Bayless’s newest venture: a retro diner serving up Mexican food.
The Dish: Fried-to-order breakfast churros and a cup of Mexican hot chocolate made from house-ground cacao beans.
The Steal: After 3 p.m., caldos—hearty soups filled with slow-cooked pork carnitas and potato-masa dumplings—are $10.
San Francisco: Frances
Dinner for two $72.
The Scene: Nouveau California dishes served in a Zen-chic neighborhood bistro.
The Dish: Star chef Melissa Perello’s applewood-smoked bacon beignets topped with crème fraîche and chives.
The Steal: “Market shots,” mini cocktails at $3 for three ounces, made of fruits found at the farmers’ market that day. Or try the $1-an-ounce house red and white wines.
Dinner for two $42.
The Scene: Chef Angus An’s Thai restaurant with stylish bamboo walls and granite counters.
The Dish: The koh soi gai soup has house-made curry and egg noodles.
The Steal: At lunch and late night, pair the special pad thai—the noodles are fresh—with a Singha beer for $15.
Hong Kong: Café Gray Deluxe
Dinner for two $90.
The Scene: Amazing harbor views at the ultra-glam dining room atop the Upper House hotel.
The Dish: Steak tartare and a side of chef Gray Kunz’s signature house-made ketchup; sea bass in ginger bouillon.
The Steal: The $37 lunch prix fixe, which changes seasonally.