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May 20, 2008 12:38 PM

Best Philly Special Occasion BYO?

For my BF's birthday, I picked up a high end Chardonnay and happened upon an amazing 30 year Cab. To celebrate his b-day in style, I wanted to take the wine somewhere we could enjoy a great meal that would balance well with the wines. Because of the varietals, I was thinking French, but so many places are fusion now that it may not matter.

Any recommendations on where we should go for a Saturday night? Money is not an object for this meal, but because I will be bringing the wine I realize that takes many high end places off the list. Thanks so much!

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    1. A second for Cochon, that came immediately to mind.

      Perhaps also Marigold?

      1. There are some good suburban options: Gilmore's in West Chester, Birchrunville Cafe, Sola in Bryn Mawr, Blackfish in Conshohocken. Notwithstanding the recent review in the Inquirer, I was pretty underwhelmed with our recent dinner at Marigold. You should also know that many non-BYOBs will allow corkage. You might find this link helpful:

        1. Second for Marigold. love it. warm atmosphere.

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          1. re: scarletcerise

            I took the BF for his big bday to Marigold (under Solomonov, but I hear good things about O'Shea) and we had a fantastic experience and meal. Taken care of from the minute we stepped in the door. I do also think Matyson is a guaranteed hit with food and service.

          2. cochon was my first thought.