Best Philadelphia BYOB Restaurants
Here are my selections for the best BYOBs in the Philadelphia metro area:
Probably the bestÂ B.Y.O.B.Â to take your favorite nymphet,Â Lolita specializes in modernized Mexican cuisine with house specialties like grilled salmon with applewood-smoked bacon, chipotle-garlic grilled beef tenderloin and soft corn tortillas with orange-glazed pork. As sexy as food gets.Â
7. La Fontana Della Citta – 1701 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 (b/w Latimer and Spruce St.)
For top-notch Italian victuals served by authentic Europeans, with great outdoor seating, this place is one of the best B.Y.O.B.s in Rittenhouse. Bottle of red? A bottle of white?Â Â Perhaps a PBRÂ pounderÂ suits your appetite?
6. La Viola – 253 S. 16th St. Philadelphia, PA 19102
You can probably tell IÂ enjoy Italian food, but outside of New York City, Philly offers probably the best ciboÂ anywhere in the US. La Viola provides inexpensive, delicious Italian specialties, served withÂ white tablecloth, candlelit class all the way.Â I recommend hitting up Monk’s Belgium emporium right across the streetÂ beforehand to whet your appetite on the finest selection ofÂ suds in the city.
5. Effie’s – 1127 Pine St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
For earthy, Greek-oriented fare, on what is probably the best street in Philadelphia, Effie’s is friendly, authentic and full of zest.
4. El Azteca Uno – 714 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
3. Terrace Street Bistro – 3989 Terrace Street Philadelphia, PA 19128
While it serves beer on Thursdays and Sundays (and free Mimosas on Sundays), I had to include this gem which offers some of the best value in Manyunk ($35 per person for a 4-course, 5-star meal).Â Located in the Roxborough/Manyunk section of the city, theÂ ambiance is snug but endearing.
As one of the classiest B.Y.O.s in Philly (it’s located just off the Belmont Hills exit of 76), La Collina is the perfect spot for that special romanticÂ date .Â It’s old-fashioned Italiano in every way. MenuÂ is expensive, however, so bring your c-card.
1. Audrey Claire – 276 S. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Probably the polarÂ opposite of Ernesto’s, Audrey Claire is always bustling, especially in summer, where its open-window, elbow-to-elbowÂ atmosphereÂ makes you feel as if you’reÂ dining with family. Â Their mussels are the best in the city, and most of their meat and seafood dishes offer great value for your dollar.
* I would like to send a well-deserved shout out to theÂ soon to be betrothed, Ron-Ron the Chef (a.k.a. Lawyer Ron, a.k.a.Â Captain Ron), for his help in compiling this list.