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a good byob to try?

Usually around this time of year, my husband and I go out for a nice "holiday meal", just to celebrate the year, and spend a bit of the xmas bonus. I'm struggling to choose where to go this year. I would like some suggestions of a center city area byob which will be predictably good. I have been to Matyson, Melograno, Raddichio, Lolita, Django. All were very good, but I'd like to try something I haven't been to before, and I'm blanking.

I know there are many italian byo's - but I'd rather not have Italian, unless it is new-world and modern like Melograno.

On the same BYO topic, I was at Nan last weekend, and was disappointed. Does anyone know if the chef job has changed hands? I heard a few years ago that their chef was having some health problems, and wondered if he hung it up.

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  1. Pumpkin

    Modo Mio if you dont confine yourself to Center City

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    1. re: JT007

      yeah, modo mio is awesome in the new-world sense you mention. everything is so carefully prepared, fresh breads and pastas. and they would put hardly a dent in the christmas bonus... the more-than-filling four course dinner is $30. i could have easily dropped one of the courses and still been satisfied with the tab... not to mention all the complimentary morsels the kitchen sends out. people here have commented about the service, but i've never noticed what they have. i feel special every time i go there.

      my other recent BYO venture was to raddichio in old city, but wasn't nearly as impressed... too cramped, service didn't feel as genuine, and frankly the 'regular' patrons sitting next to me annoyed me. spun a chair around from my table and sat right down in it to face another table and talk loudly, their back right up against our small table the whole time! too awkward for me, and their sauces, while fine, are about on par with what i make at home when i'm strapped for ingredients. i might give their sister fishtown joint a try... but that place was not for me.

      i've heard great things about pumpkin... JT, was was your experience there? what kinda grub? suitable for a group of vegetarians? i have a group coming up to visit soon and would like to give them a BYOB tour of philly, too.

    2. Audrey Claire's cute and reliable. Their "small" dishes are better than big dishes, I think. When my wife and I go we order a bunch of small dishes. Limited seating probably in the winter, when you can't sit down outside.

      Twenty Manning's okay and some people love it. Personally I'm an Asian food snob so I tend to like authentic places better than fusion Asian (unless it's really interesting).

      Both are owned by Audrey Claire? or something like that?

      (I'm not Audrey Claire and I am not related to her in anyway). :)

      1. Apamate was good. Marigold Kitchen always get great reviews.

        1. Modo Mio and Marigold Kitchen. Both are great for different reasons.

          1. Second on the Pumpkin rec. Also, Salento on 23rd and Walnut is Italian, but not your typical red gravy Italian menu. My wife had a gnocchi dish there that was insanely good, and I'm usually not a gnocchi fan.