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Top 10 Philly BYOB’s

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Why not celebrate by checking out some of Philly’s famous BYOB’s? We love our BYOB’s here at The Atacan group and we decided to take some time to ask ourselves which BYOB’s are OUR personal favorites around the city. Here is the top ten list of Philadelphia BYOB’s from The Atacan Group:

1. Melograno– This Rittenhouse Square Italian restaurant sits blocks away from the park at 20th and Sansom. Melograno was recognized with three bells by Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban. They have also been featured in the New York Times and Bon Appetit Top Tables.

2. Lolita– Located at 13th and Chestnut in Washington Square West, is a Mexican BYOT (T-for tequila…) Lolita has been praised by Philadelphia Magazine and Where to go next by Food and Wine Magazine. They have very reasonable prices and they constantly draw large crowds. It is a very cool lounge-y atmosphere with incredibly authentic Northern Mexican cuisine.

3. Matyson– Another Rittenhouse Square spot on S. 19th between Chestnut and Market. This BYOB has great fresh food, only using local produce and livestock. They have very cool weakly tasting menus showcasing whatever is fresh and in season. No corkage fee and there is a Wine and Spirits located right around the corner at 19th and Chestnut.

4. Mercato– This BYOB focuses on “market-fresh, Italian-inspired food” and is located at Carmac and Spruce Streets, just East of Broad St in the old Camac Food Market building in Washington Square. Entrees change very often, reflecting seasons. They also offer three, four, or five course menus with wine recommendations. Mercato is a cash only establishment.

5. Sonata– Sonata resides in the heart of liberties walk in Northern Liberties. They are a very contemporary American style BYOB. Their dishes are always served using high-quality ingredients from local suppliers and they are presented in an imaginative style.

6. Fond– Is another contemporary American BYOB. It’s in the heart of South Philly in East Passyunk on E Passyunk Ave off Tasker St. They have received great reviews. Check out this short clip from the Today Show to hear the critic from Zaggat surveys praise the chef who is a former Le Bec Fin Chef. Fond was considered one of the “Top up and coming restaurants in America” by Zaggat.

7. Umai Umai– is a BYOB for you sushi connoisseurs. It’s considered the best sushi restaurants in the city by many. It’s located in the Art Museum Area at Brandywine and 22nd St.

8. Chloe– A cozy store front dining room with a 40 seat capacity that is almost always filled to the max. This quaint BYOB is located in the heart of Old City near 2nd and Arch. It has a homey feel and a new American style of cuisine.

9. Dmitris– is a tiny Greek Restaurant BYOB that has been around for years. This neighborhood favorite is cash only and located at 3rd and Catharine in Queen’s Village. Many consider it to be one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Philly. Be sure to try the Octopus and Shrimp Scampi, which is their specialty!

10. La Viola– Another tiny BYOB located on 16th St. Between Latimer & Spruce in Rittenhouse Square. Its an Italian restaurant and is often crowded. They have great seafood. Be sure to ask about the fish of the day!


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