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Best BYOB in Philly area right now? Want to treat retiring dear friend with oenophile husband.

Where would you go?

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    1. Wow, tough start! I assume you'll be bringing your own distinctive wines to satisfy the oenophile. If so, I'd say the preferred BYOB right now is probably Fond, though I haven't yet been. On a personal note, I am a great lover of Melagrano, Pumpkin, Russet, Modo Mio, and Mercato (though a few issues with service there a ways back pushed me away, so it's been a while - perhaps others could weigh in). I would rank them in the following order for myself (with a relevant criteria in parenthesis): Russet (tolerance for a louder room), Melograno (best overall experience among my personal favorites), Pumpkin (intimate), Modo Mio (ability to stuff yourself!, cash only), Mercato (highest potential, hardest to predict). You can see I skew towards Italian. I also like La Viola as a good value, but if you are looking to treat someone it's not a great fit.

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      1. re: tfalbo

        I've really enjoyed Cochon lately. I'm not sure what their stemware and wine service is like. Food aside, ss I understand it Bibou is one of the best BYOBs to enjoy very good wine because of the stemware and service.

      2. Koo Zee Doo is really good and great for a group. Dishes are very large and meant to share.

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        1. re: Philly Ray

          Hands down Bibou. Hard table to get, but definitely putting out some of the best food in the city.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I agree. After that I would say Fond and The Farm And The Fisherman. Either one.

        2. I'd go to Bibou. There are a few great BYOBs in the city and Bibou is the greatest. The other ones, in no particular order, are Fond, Will, Kanella, and Koo Zee Doo, but Bibou is in a class by itself, above them. Especially for a special occasion like this, Kanella is a bit too casual and KZD's food is a little too heavy. Fond would probably be my second choice but really, go to Bibou.

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          1. re: Buckethead

            Bibou, I agree. And I also like Fond. Modo Mio is loud and crowded (but great food). I didn't like Russett. I would add Will as my second choice.

          2. As not mentioned yet, l will add Farm & Fisherman.
            Excellent food, great setting, great stemware.