Great Affordable Restaurants

Great Affordable Restaurants

Courtesy of Starr Restaurants
Courtesy of Starr Restaurants
Courtesy of Starr Restaurants
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.

Chicago: Xoco

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.

Vancouver: Maenam

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.

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