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Best BYO in Near Downtown Phila?

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panmalv May 20, 2007 11:58 AM

My wife and I are visiting Philadelphia to celebrate her 40th birthday, staying at the Ritz-Carleton. We are being joined by two old friends for dinner out, who don't have a big budget. Any suggestions for a nice, intimate, but not too expensive BYO so we can bring in a nice bottle and keep the bill down? Ethnic is fine, and we do have a car if something is really worth the drive.

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    illafoodie RE: panmalv May 20, 2007 08:55 PM

    Melograno, Audrey Claire, and Mercato are my favorites... however, they don't take reservations on weekends, so you would probably have to wait a little while. Marigold's kitchen in west philly is also wonderful (since you have a car). You can find out more about these places on the other boards, or probably find menus online.

    1. joluvscards RE: panmalv May 21, 2007 04:08 AM

      Matyson is our fav, not particularly cheap tho entrees in the mid 20's. How bout one of our fine Italian byo's like Branzino. It has a beautiful atmosphere and the prices are lower.

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        epfoodie RE: panmalv May 21, 2007 12:45 PM

        There are so many good BYO's-- My first choice would be Chloe in Olde City (cash only- plan on $120 incl. (apps/dinner/dessert and tip)-- well worth it. Sabrina's in S. Philly (takes cards) entrees are sizeable, everything on their eclectic menu is very good & it's reasonable. Pesto in S. Philly (on Broad, you can't walk but it's a short straight ride from the Ritz-) Italian- wonderful. Try the fried calamari late night at the Ritz in the "Rotunda"- it's really, really good! Either remember to bring wine with you - or plan for a bit of an adventure-- there are not any close liquor stores to the Ritz. Happy B'Day!

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          epfoodie RE: panmalv May 21, 2007 12:47 PM

          other thoughts- if the bill needs to be under $50 per couple- Sang Kee in Chinatown (not fancy, cash only, great food) or Las Cazuelas (not spelled right) in N. Libs on Girard @ Lawrence b/t 4th & 5th

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            idia RE: epfoodie May 21, 2007 02:19 PM

            Branzino. A neat BYOB in Center City Philadelphia.

            Try this one.
            You found a winner!
            Bon appetit.

            http://philadelphia.menupages.com/scr...

          2. arizonagirl RE: panmalv May 21, 2007 02:32 PM

            L'angelo's in South Philly is a very intimate not expensive BYOB. It serves Italian and is wonderful. My second choice would be Pesto on South Broad St. enjoy

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              hungry_san RE: panmalv May 21, 2007 02:45 PM

              Try Mandoline. It can get cramped but its worth it and a little cheaper than Matyson.

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                sylviag RE: panmalv May 21, 2007 06:04 PM

                I'll add my vote for Branzino. It's on 17th St, just north of Spruce - about six blocks away. Excellent food, lovely ambience (ask for the upstairs room), not too pricey. Make a reservation.

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