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Dec 11, 2008 10:09 AM

BYOB help

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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  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: BestFoodBlogEver

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

      1. re: jl0328

        Really? Which ones don't?

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

        1. re: Boognish

          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

            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.

        2. - 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

            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

              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

                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

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

                1. re: rabidog

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

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    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

                    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. 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.