by CBS3’s Jim Donovan for KYW Newsradio —

To combat the recession, diners continue to look for casual cost-cutting options.

In the latest edition of the Zagat restaurant guide, 5,500 Philadelphians rated their dining experiences in the past year.

Publisher Tim Zagat says 40 restaurants were rated a “best buy”:

“Philadelphians have more good deals than most other cities.   The average price of a meal is less than the national average here.”

Among the spots recognized as a best buy was Campo’s in Old City. Denise Campo is the owner:

“We try to offer the best that we can for the price.”

Zagat suggests that when dining out, check with your favorite restaurants for special promotions and deals.  Campo’s, for example, offers uniformed workers a ten-percent discount.