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Tiny, sleek Japanese-Korean eatery with a deep menu featuring items ranging from sushi to bibimbop.
Fans of this Japanese-Korean BYO in Logan Square "could eat here every day and not get bored", thanks to an "enormous menu" that ranges from "fresh", "inventive" sushi to "outstanding" bibimbop, served by an "attentive, but laid-back" staff; there's a "young, casual" vibe in the "sleek" setting that's about as "big as a minute", but that doesn't deter devotees from "coming in for more."
A tight menu of creative French & American fare in a small, stylish BYOB bistro.
His albacore starter may be the best raw tuna dish in town, firmed ever so slightly in tepid olive oil before being dressed with the delicate sweetness of shaved Asian pears and a powder of frozen horseradish and yuzu "snow" that melted in mouth with a cooling sparkle. A bracing edge of mustard oil, chile-spiked ponzu, and fermented daikon cubes were the perfect foil to assertive Spanish mackerel seared crackly warm on the skin side and sashimi raw on the reverse. A study in Berkshire pork - loin roasted, belly braised, tender shoulder pulled then formed into a patty - was memorable for its elegant necklace of huckleberry, kale, and chestnut sauces.
Elmi's foie gras terrine was even more beautiful, a silken slab of creamy pink marbled with bitter cocoa and paired with a fine mince of cuminy, caramelized celery root - an earthy sweetness that gave the luxurious liver an unexpected exotic twist.
-Craig LeBan, Philadelphia Inquirer
Ulivo restaurant is a neighborhood BYOB located at 521 Catharine Street at Passyunk Avenue in the Queen’s Village section of Philadelphia. With its vintage copper ceiling and Tuscan tile the 50 seat dining room creates a warm and comfortable space for neighbors and patrons to relax.
Owned and operated by Chef Joe Scarpone, the food is Italian in spirit; simple, seasonal cooking with deep flavor. Our menu changes daily and is driven by our commitment to using seasonal produce and sustainably-raised meat and fish and features hand-made pasta.
There is no other restaurant in Philly that's as devoted to the pleasures of house-smoked fish and rich sauces scented with anise and mustard. The seared scallop appetizer comes over an actual mustard soup, in which house-baked pumpernickel croutons bob in broth that's vivid orange with pureed carrot and mustard grains, then streaked green with tarragon oil. An even creamier mustard broth is the backdrop for a whole brook trout, its bones replaced with buttery Jerusalem artichoke stuffing, then topped with the peppery crunch of wilted mustard greens.
Before Lachman's done with us, we will know our lohikeitto from our zuurkool, and how those creamy bitterballen pork croquettes clearly help foster a sense of genuine gezelligheid - even if that expression of conviviality is otherwise considered to be untranslatable abstract Dutch.
That's because while Noord's flavors may be distinct, it's a kindred spirit to the legion of other 35-seat chef-owned BYOs that represent some of the best, most intimate aspects of Philly's dining scene. With its penchant for updating rustic flavors rather than modern cuisine (sorry, no "new Nordic" crispy lichen here), I almost think of Noord as a northland cousin to Cypriot Kanella - but with herring and Smørrebrød bread samplers decked with smoked fish.
-Craig LeBan, Philadelphia Inquirer
Ask a regular and they'll tell you this East Passyunk Crossing BYO is "as close as it gets to Italy in Philly", serving "old-fashioned, authentic" cuisine delectable enough to make guests leave their "plates so clean they don't need washing"; the "understated" atmosphere is embellished by "interesting drama" from the colorful clientele, while "accommodating" servers ensure a "never-fail-you" experience.
What do we love more than our pizza? This very excellent, and dare we say, poetic, quote from Philly's toughest culinary critic and most elusive diner. Now, just for fun, do you agree or disagree? Read the full review here.
"...as far as I’m concerned, they are all chasing Nomad Pizza, whose most elemental pizzas, the Margherita and Marinara, are as close to perfection as I’ve tasted this side of Napoli. It begins with the dough, which is left to ferment for several days before cooking, and develops a complex malty sweetness. In the oven, it takes on an elegant constellation of char-spots, and an irresistibly savory, luxurious chew that dusts my lips with flour when my teeth sink deep into its crackly crust. It has a profoundly roasted flavor that lingers for hours after the meal is over. But Nomad’s toppings are not to be overlooked, either, including an uncooked sauce that’s not too sweet, too tart, or too salty, but a sunbeam of vivid tomato that brightens all the other ingredients — the milky sweetness of buffalo mozzarella with the Margherita, the dusky herbaceousness of oregano, whole basil leaves and zesty garlic with the Marinara, or the piquance of salami kissed with a golden drizzle of local honey on the Spicy Sopressata..."
The Farm & Fisherman is a 30-seat BYOB owned by husband-wife team Josh & Colleen Lawler. This intimate setting allows for a truly hands-on approach from these two accomplished chefs. Josh served as the former chef de cuisine at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a renowned restaurant considered one of the pioneers in the locavore/farm-to-table movement. Colleen served as sous chef at the New York Times 3-star restaurant Picholine, known for its focus on quality and creativity. Together, Josh & Colleen have merged the combination of their experiences and focus to return to Philadelphia where they are both from and met while attending Drexel University. The menu, which changes with the nuances of the seasons, features the finest sustainably sourced ingredients including meat, fish, and poultry.
Craig LaBan, in his enthusiastic 3 bell review of The Farm and Fisherman, said “This BYOB exemplifies the best of the farm-to-table movement…This is a restaurant that should restore our faith in the possibilities of a philosophy that's far more than a fleeting trend.” Philly Magazine also recognized the restaurant awarding it with the Best of Philly 2012 award for Best Farm-to-Table saying “this fresh and inventive BYO is the real deal.”
Winedown café is Berks’ Counties premier destination for people who love wine, cheese and great gourmet snacks. We serve real wines & cheeses crafted by passionate people. We seek out the best products from around the world. Our ever-changing wine menu is complemented by our gourmet menu of tapas, artisanal sandwiches and more.
MORE THEN JUST WINE, GREAT COCKTAILS & A GREAT BEER LIST TOO!
This unique inn and restaurant sits on 50 acres in front of a beautiful mountain “beau-mont(agne).” Built in 1948 by Peter Masonis, purchased by the Vaskas brothers in 1957, and sold to the Harkins family in 1988, The Beaumont Inn has a long history of excellent customer service, food and wine.
The Inn eventually closed in 2006, but was renovated and restored by Rob Friedman of Friendman Farms. He brought on several CIA trained chefs and Sommelier Tom Sobieski , a Wine School of Philadelphia diploma candidate.
The botanical garden surrounding The Beaumont Inn is a collection of over 200 varieties of plants with the theme of a progression of bloom from March to November. You can also enjoy a drink, dinner, or our bar menu outside on our new flagstone patio or reconstructed terrace overlooking Leonard Creek. The 3500 square foot completely furnished patio & terrace include two gas fire pits & tiki torches for a wonderful evening ambiance. We also plan on having live music outside on weekends.
Welcome to HOKKA HOKKA*, Chestnut Hill’s most extraordinary Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Here our food is art and the atmosphere is a mesh of elegance and casualness. We are proud of the excellent sushi chef who has over 25 years of experience. We prepare the most fresh and finest delicacies. We try our best to provide you with a wide variety of sushi, sashimi and maki (rolls). We are also proud to have the professional kitchen chefs who deliver the delicious Japanese cuisine presented in a tasteful French style. We encourage you to experience innovative Japanese cuisine. Enjoy!
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Taste the Memories at Nifty Fifty's. Experience the 1950’s nostalgia with our fresh-cut, homemade french-fries, freshly ground and hand pattied 100% beef burgers, award-winning malts and milkshakes, and much, much more. We strive to be the best by making everything fresh! Come see what the talk is all about!
Established in 1904 Isgro Pastries is right off of the Italian Market in Philadelphia. Known for our award winning Cannoli, we still use the same recipes and sell the same product after all those years.
We are a Family oriented Restaurant with an Authentic Mexican look and feel. Enjoy a Traditional and Quiet Athmosphere with your friends and family with the most Traditional and Deliciuos Meals and feel like at home. Our Mission is to Bring to the People the Authentic Flavor and Traditions from our Chula Puebla, Mexico.