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chicgirl Dec 11, 2008 10:09 AM

Hi I am looking for a great byob restaurant in the Yardly or Philly area that offers gift certificate. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    jellymelly Dec 22, 2008 11:47 PM

    branzino is good--i've been a couple times. my favorite dishes were the mussels and the gnocchi. but i've never found it that hard to find a decent byob in philly. they're everywhere.

    if you're into sushi, shinju is a really yummy byob sushi place. it's small but has great rolls. and if you're into margaritas, lolita is a byot (bring your own tequila) mexican restaurant. you bring the tequila, and they mix margaritas for you. lots of fun. it's not your typical tex-mex mexican (not quesadillas, tacos, etc.). it's more authentic mexican food.

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      chicgirl Dec 11, 2008 01:48 PM

      - sidebar I am from Chicago and a foodie I can't buy a Visa/Amex/Mastercard I just need suggestions on what is the best byo in Philly. The only bit of looking that I have done is Branzino, Ava, Figs, Little fish and or Chloe. What one is best?

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      1. re: chicgirl
        Buckethead Dec 11, 2008 01:58 PM

        In my opinion, the best BYOs in Philly are Cochon, Kanella, and Matyson. I haven't been to Branzino or Little Fish, both are well-regarded here though. My one experience at Chloe (a mediocre one) is probably too old to be relevant. Ava is not in the same league, I'd cross it off your list.

        1. re: Buckethead
          Hungryin theBurbs Dec 11, 2008 02:21 PM

          I agree with Buckethead's top three. They are all excellent. Branzino is very good, but not at the same level as those three. I have heard great things about LIttle Fish, but haven't tried it. The rest on your list are perfectly nice, but nothing special.

          1. re: Buckethead
            chicgirl Dec 11, 2008 03:10 PM

            Great! thank you so much - I think that after looking at all three web pages I am going to go with Cochon... any help ever needed in the Chicago area please let me know.

          2. re: chicgirl
            rabidog Dec 11, 2008 05:09 PM

            have not been to ava or figs but little fish is my favorite restaurant in the entire city right now.

            1. re: rabidog
              Buckethead Dec 11, 2008 05:51 PM

              I keep meaning to get over there for the Sunday prix fixe..

              1. re: Buckethead
                rabidog Dec 12, 2008 11:38 AM

                sunday dinner - ME too! it sounds excellent! however, i've only been for the regular dinner service, but i can absolutely swear by the halibut... it is one of the best things i've ever eaten!

                i haven't tried kanella and i can't wait to! the menu sounds wonderful. hopefully soon! :)

              2. re: rabidog
                Hungryin theBurbs Dec 11, 2008 07:04 PM

                If you haven't tried Kanella, you really should. I've been several times now with veggie friends, and they love it. There is a good variety of veggie and fish dishes, as well as great stuff for meat lovers.

              3. re: chicgirl
                JanR Dec 23, 2008 03:35 AM

                Little Fish, definitely.

              4. BestFoodBlogEver Dec 11, 2008 12:02 PM

                Instead of looking for a particular restaurant that offers gift certificates, why not pick up a Visa/Amex/Mastercard gift card and put together a nice package that includes a printed menu from a restaurant that you would like to offer as a gift?

                The sentiment is the same, but then you aren't restricted to just those restaurants that offer gift certificates.

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                1. re: BestFoodBlogEver
                  jl0328 Dec 11, 2008 12:31 PM

                  Most BYOBs don't take credit cards....

                  1. re: jl0328
                    Boognish Dec 11, 2008 12:45 PM

                    Really? Which ones don't?

                    The only byob I've been to that eschews the CC's was Dmitri's.

                    1. re: Boognish
                      Buckethead Dec 11, 2008 01:16 PM

                      Mr. Martino's is another one that's cash-only but I think most BYOs do take cards. At least the ones I've been to.

                      You could also consider an OpenTable gift cert, that way they can decide where they want to go. A lot of smaller places aren't on OpenTable though.

                      1. re: Boognish
                        rabidog Dec 11, 2008 05:08 PM

                        modo mio, il cantuccio and la locanda don't either.

                        i thought little fish didn't but on a recent visit noticed a CC sign in their window so i guess they do now.

                        1. re: Boognish
                          joluvscards Dec 11, 2008 05:14 PM


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