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rocknroll52 Oct 28, 2008 11:50 AM

Looking for recs for a moderate price BYOB for weekday dinner in Center City area. We are a group of 6-8 adult French students, hoping to find a relatively quiet place for conversation with pleasant service where we will not be rushed. French influenced cuisine and/or French speaking waiters a plus!

  1. saturninus Oct 28, 2008 02:04 PM

    BYO and French, hm...

    Coquette is French inspired I believe

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    1. re: saturninus
      urbanfabric Oct 28, 2008 02:56 PM

      Unfortunately, Coquette is not BYOB. It's french inspired, noisy, and after a miserable brunch there a couple of weeks ago, I think it's taken a downturn.

      Cochon is lovely, is it less loud on a weeknight?

      1. re: urbanfabric
        fission1 Oct 28, 2008 05:39 PM

        Cochon can get noisey on weekends, but seems to be better during the week. Any small BYOB may have a noise issue but I have had some very good meals there.

        1. re: fission1
          rocknroll52 Oct 29, 2008 04:18 AM

          Yes we actually went to Cochon once. We liked it although it did get noisy but we weren't rushed and the chef's wife actually does speak French! The location is somewhat inconvenient for our group, though.

    2. f
      fission1 Oct 28, 2008 02:12 PM

      Cochon is a good choice

      1. s
        sylviag Oct 28, 2008 03:24 PM

        We are not strong on French dining in our area. Now Italian - thousands!

        If you can go a little bit out of the center, Nan, at 40th and Chestnut, is a very good French/Thai byob. I doubt that anyone there speaks French (but I don't know that) but the puff pastry dishes, etc. are delicious. And it is quiet enough to talk.

        The other places that come to mind are not byob. I have never been to Cochon.

        1. r
          rocknroll52 Oct 30, 2008 04:41 AM

          It does not have to be French, that is just a plus

          What do you think of Figs and Modo Mio?

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          1. re: rocknroll52
            sadiefox Oct 30, 2008 06:44 AM

            I really love Modo Mio. I have been there a few times and it was just delicious. And SO reasonably priced. The prix fixe option is the way to go (I think it's around $32 for 2 courses). The bread is the best and the complementary sambuca shot is yummy. Other on here have complained about the service, and I have to agree it's not the best. It depends on the waiter. But it's never been bad enough to ruin my meal. I would recommend it.

            1. re: sadiefox
              rocknroll52 Oct 30, 2008 07:11 AM

              Thanks Sadie. I have a question about the menu there. All the pastas are 11 dollars. Are they small plates? Would a salad or app plus a pasta make a meal? Or would one still be hungry? Some of the people in my group are on limited budget.

              1. re: rocknroll52
                JanR Oct 30, 2008 08:30 AM

                You won't leave Modo Mio hungry. $32 is the price of three courses, not two. The plates are on the small side but adequate.

                1. re: rocknroll52
                  sadiefox Nov 3, 2008 07:49 AM

                  Oops, that was a typo on my part.

                  The website actually says 4 courses for $32 -- an app, pasta, entree, and dessert. I believe that's what it was on my last visit as well. Even on a limited budget, it hardly makes sense to order a la carte.

                  And yes, I agree that you will not leave hungry. As for your specific question as to whether an app plus a pasta would make a filling meal, it depends on your appetite and what you order. I would not say portions are tiny, but the pastas are meant to be eaten before an entree.

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