Guest article submitted by NativX.
The Philly food scene is one of the best in the country for so many reasons. One of the Philly Native’s favorites is the fact that so many amazing restaurants let you bring your own. Some even take it a step further and claim BYO is a huge reason why Philly dominates the food scene. It’s a great way to save some cash and to be able to try more of the great places around town – without breaking the bank. We’ve hit 10 local favorites that are hot right now!
Audrey Claire – 276 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hit the atm (cash only), ask for a seat at the chef’s counter and watch them work their magic in this Rittenhouse gem. If you’re lucky the chef might even toss a little sample your way! A few of our favorites include the Brussels sprouts, Scottish salmon, and the penne arrabiata.
A Mano – 2244 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Great Italian BYOB near the art museum. Whole Foods is right around the corner so you can stop in for a bottle of wine before you go. Open for dinner and is cash-only. If you are a seafood fan the octopus is a must!
Figs – 2501 Meredith St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Love the cozy feel in this Fairmount BYOB. A great place when the weather is nice to enjoy their outdoor seating. Love their baked brie, which is the perfect dish to start off sharing on a date night. Also a great weekend brunch spot!
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Dmitri’s – 944 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Seafood fans look no further, Dmitiri’s serves some of the best Mediterranean style food you’ll find in the city! Just a heads up, this Northern Liberties hotspot does not take reservations and is only open for dinner so you may encounter a wait. Start with the hummus and calamari for an appetizer to share and get the whole Bronzino for your entree. YUM!!
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Sunday dinner with the fam at Dmitri's Mediterranean bistro in Nolibs. Dishes in order of appearance: The Mediterranean plate appetizer (beers, baba, hummus, tzatziki cucumbers, lentils, olives, and asparagus), whole Bronzino fish (grilled) with accompanying potatoes and greens, Seafood Combination (Tilapia, shrimp mussels, clams, scallops, and squid in a rich tomato seafood broth), and another Bronzino fish (Filleted). #phillyfoodporn #philly
Bufad Pizza – 1240 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Grab a growler of your favorite beer from Prohibition Taproom then head to Bufad for some delicious wood fired pizza! Great for a casual date night when you’re looking to have some fun but need to take it easy on the wallet. Pesto fans rave about their pesto and fennel pizza topped with capicola.
Radicchio Cafe – 314 York Ave (4th Street), Philadelphia, PA 19106
A charming, old-school Italian experience, churning out life-changing pasta dishes. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. A true home run that lives up to the hype!
Wedge & Fig – 160 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
While this isn’t a new restaurant, some may still consider this a “hidden” gem. Be sure to get there before the crowds take it over because it seems that word is getting around…and rightfully so! Very cute deli style inside with a great back area that is open when the weather is nice. Love their cheese boards & charcuterie.
Pumpkin – 1713 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Some people might consider their menu a little small, but there’s a reason…It’s all amazing!! They focus on a few seasonal items at a time and absolutely crush them all. You’ll love the cozy atmosphere. Our recommendation, everyone order something different and pass the plates around because you’re going to want to try it all. Be prepared though, it can get a little high on the price meter.
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Res Ipsa – 2218 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
One Philly Native raves about their breakfast sandwiches and highly recommends the chef’s tasting for dinner which is $50/Person and will leave you needing to be rolled out of there you’re so full.
Bibou – 1009 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
French food at it’s finest. Be sure to save some room (yes, we know it’s not as easy task), for the soufflé. Trust us, it’ll be totally worth it! Keep an eye on their twitter as they are known for tweeting out last-minute availability.
With 300+ BYO restaurants, we couldn’t name them all, but we’d love to hear your favorites in the comment section!
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