by CBS3’s Jim Donovan for KYW Newsradio —

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

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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”:

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“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.”

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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.