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May 8, 2007 07:17 PM

Need to find a BYO in Conshohocken area that is not Blackfish

Can anyone point us in the right direction to a really good BYO in the Conshohocken area? We tried Blackfish and although the food was really good, we left hungry. It is an important dinner with soon to be in-laws and I really want to impress with a "gem" of a find. Help please!

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  1. Well, you've put us on the spot! ;-)

    YMMV, but I would consider Tratorria Totaro (639 Spring Mill Avenue; Conshohocken; 610-828-7050). I can say with relative certainty that you won't leave hungry as the owner Vince serves very generous portions. My wife and I love the calamari appetizer, the whole small grouper entree, and the chocolate bread pudding dessert. If you are looking for a place with a fancy decor, you'll likely be disappointed.

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      1. re: joluvscards

        Somebody replied that Totaro's is not a byo. I must refute that comment, but willl explain. Totaro's Bar and Restaurant on Hector St is not a byo, but Vince Totaro's Trattoria on Spring Mill is!!! AND its my favorite BYO:) They are actually brother's with locations one block from each other. If you're looking for a quaint byo with excellent and affordable food - go to Totaro's Trattoria!

    1. You could try From The Boot in Lafayette Hill on Germantown Pike, just a couple of minutes from Conshy. It's a good little Italian BYO. There's also Sorrento on Ridge Pike in Lafayette Hill but I would go to From The Boot first.

      1. Fayette St. Grill, right across the street from Blackfish.

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        1. re: JanR

          does it have to be BYO? pepperoncini is the hidden gem in conshy. elm & poplar. ask to be seated in the back room furthest from the bar. awesome food... i still can taste an awesome crab/artichoke risotto i had last august on the night before i moved from the neighborhood.

          gypsy saloon and stella blu... my memory fails me and i can't recall if they were BYO or had licenses...... CUTE decor, and the food was fine, no complaints, but i didn't find either anything to write home about.

          whatever you do don't go to coyote crossing!

          1. re: rabidog

            Thanks for the suggestions, we do prefer BYO, we love good wine and really dislike the huge mark ups at restaurants.

        2. "A gem of a find" in the Conshy area? I don't THINK so!
          And there are not many fine BYOB's.
          There is Stella Blu but they have a bar.
          Then there's the expensive, upscale and iimpressive Savona (right over the bridge in Gulph Mills) who will allow you to bring your own but has a hefty corkage fee. (But your in-laws-to-be would love it!!)
          You're asking a tough one.
          Blackfish is the only decent restaurant that is also a BYO in that area IMHO.

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          1. re: idia

            Idia, if you think the only decent BYO in Conshohocken is Blackfish, you must be the owner or something. The Fayette Street Grill and Trattoria Totaro are far better than decent. We have tried both of these restaurants over the past couple of weeks and have to say that the food at both restaurants was delicious! Trattoria is pretty, welcoming and very reasobably priced considering the high quality food and very generous portions. The Fayette St. grill has a great fixed price menu and the food was yummy. You should give them a try.

            1. re: oogle

              I am sorry if you felt insulted by my post and, no, I am not the owner of Blackfish and have only been there myself 3 times. (If he is reading this, he must be getting a great kick out of it.)
              I have dined at the other two restaurants you mentioned and they were both fine but I had no clue that Trattoria Totaro was a BYOB and for that I apologize because I know you were looking for that.
              Remember, you said that you wanted to IMPRESS your in-laws.
              I was simply giving you my opinion based on the fact that I thought the atmosphere for new in-laws might be an important factor and in that sense, I preferred Blackfish.

              Anyway, I was only giving my humble opinion. We all have different tastes. Don't take it to heart. It's alll subjective.

              1. re: idia

                Hi again, not insulted at all, just wanted to share some other really good byo restaurants in Conshohocken with you. Trattoria Totaro is not Totaro's (which is not a byo). The owners of each restaurant are brothers but completely seperate restaurants. Trattoria is on Springmill Ave at 7th. Have you been there? If you haven't, try it. We went on a weekend and had to wait a bit for a table because we didn't realize that reservations were necessary for the weekends but I am sure if you went on a Monday or Wednesday you could get right in. If you go, let me know what you think and I will give Blackfish another try, okay? I just don't like leaving dinner in need of more food and I am a small person. Thanks for the reply and happy dining!

                1. re: oogle

                  Well I am certainly glad we got that straightened out because I now realize I have never even been to Trattoria Totaro.

                  I have been to Totaro's which is not a BYOB as far as I know.
                  I will certainly consider trying it at some point because I do like BYO's, but what interests me even more is their take-out Italian food. I happen to live quite close so it would be a neat alternative for busy days when I just don't feel like cooking.

                  That's for the heads up.

                  1. re: oogle

                    From time to time I read posts where people say they leave a restaurant and still need more food. I don't see how, if you order well, you can still be hungry. The point at some of these upscale restaurants is not to have a huge plate of food and eat like it's a thanksgiving meal... it's to taste the chef's creations and take their "ride"... If you go into a place like blackfish and order an app, entree and dessert, there's no way you can not leave full. I wonder how many people get only an entree and expect it to fill them up? If you do that, you've missed the whole point of the dining experience. I hear the same thing about Majolica. I've eaten at both places and don't see it. And no, I don't work at either one. By the way, the oilve garden has never ending bread basket and salad bar...

                    1. re: sanfrantransplant

                      I disagree. I have had an appetizer, entree and dessert and left restaurants hungry.

            2. There actually a couple decent BYOs in Conshy. Try the Spring Mill Cafe. It's French cuisine in a 200 year old house. The atmosphere is really homey and the food is excellent. There is also the Fayette Street Grille. The food is good, but it's definitely lacking in atmosphere.

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              1. re: amblerdude

                I haven't been to SPMC in a long time - because of my lifestyle stuff, not because of lack of love. I prefer Michele's classic French cuisine to the North African specialties, but that's probably personal preference more than anything else. There is nothing "edgy" about the place, but if you like cosy & French, this is your place.

       <-- with sample menus, recipes, events like themed dinners
                164 Barren Hill Rd
                Conshohocken, PA 19428
                (610) 828-2550

                And I almost forgot: It's BYOB.