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Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga discusses Philadelphia restaurant

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Kevin Sbraga, the winner of the seventh season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, opened his first restaurant, Sbraga, with his wife and pastry chef Jesmary Sbraga, last October in Philadelphia.

The restaurant serves a four-course, fixed-price dinner for $49.

A native of nearby Willingboro, N.J., Sbraga studied at the Johnson & Wales campuses in Providence, R.I., and North Miami, Fla., before working at such properties as The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.; the restaurants Joël and Seeger’s in Atlanta; Buckhead Life Restaurant Group in Atlanta; and Starr Restaurant Organization and the Garces Group in Philadelphia.

In 2008, he was a semifinalist in the Bocuse d’Or USA culinary competition.

He recently spoke with Nation’s Restaurant News about his restaurant and how to get on Top Chef.

Tell me about Sbraga.

It’s a 60-seat, modern American restaurant that bridges the gap between fine dining and casual.

How so?

It’s more relaxed than a fine-dining restaurant. I don’t think fine dining’s dead, but I think it’s changing and evolving. People don’t want to sit for three hours; they don’t want to spend $300 per person on a meal; they don’t want stuffy service. I don’t want to put on a suit for a meal. If I can put on jeans and a T-shirt I’m happy.

What dishes are popular at your restaurant?

They love my foie gras soup. We take garlic, ginger, shallots, lemongrass and Thai chiles, blend that into a paste, fry it in oil, deglaze it with brandy, then we deglaze with honey and let that caramelize. We add chicken stock, bring it to a simmer, and add a touch of cream. Then we finish it with a bunch of foie gras, and then we blend that up and serve it with pears and a rose petal relish.

It started as an accident. I had guests coming in and had to do something special for them, and that’s what I did. At first I just garnished it with pears, but then I added the rose petals.

We also use local bluefish and take the approach of miso black cod, but we use an apple cider glaze. The cider controls the oiliness of the fish. We serve that with adzuki beans and bok choy kimchi.

Probably our biggest dish is the meat loaf. We take beef, veal and pork. Me make a mousse out of the veal and use that as a binding agent instead of breadcrumbs. There’s diced foie gras in there to keep the moisture. That’s cooked sous vide, and then we slice it down and sear it.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


Top BYOB Restaurants In Philadelphia

These Philadelphia restaurants may not have a liquor license, but they’re certainly not lacking in quality food. While some might miss having a bartender available to mix up a cocktail, many welcome the savings that a good BYOB offers. Here, you know that your money will go toward the food instead of a bill inflated by marked-up alcohol. Stop by the liquor store to pick up your drink of choice and visit the top BYOBs the city has to offer.

Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
www.audreyclaire.com

Located on a corner in Rittenhouse Square, Audrey Claire is a wonderful restaurant to visit when the weather is nice. With huge French windows that open onto the street and a number of tables outside, you can enjoy a bit of fresh air along with your meal. The menu features Mediterranean dishes with Israeli couscous, lamb, hummus, flatbreads and grilled whole fish specials. The small, open kitchen design allows guests to get a peek at the preparation that goes into the plates. Reservations are recommended to minimize your wait time at this cash-only BYOB favorite.

Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
www.biboubyob.com

A large front window and sunny yellow walls keep this renovated row home feeling light and cheerful despite its small size. The South Philly spot serves rustic French cuisine with a menu featuring just five appetizers and five entrees that are available a la carte Wednesday through Saturday. The selection changes regularly, but favorites include the foie gras, braised pig foot and escargot. Visit on Sunday for the four-course dinner (with choices) priced at $45 per person. Reservations are required at this cash-only restaurant, so be sure to visit the website to check for available times.

Dmitri&rsquos
795 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-0556

944 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-4550
www.dmitrisrestaurant.com

Dmitri&rsquos specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Highlights include the sautéed mussels, turkey meatballs, shrimp pil pil, grilled octopus, sizzled cheese and the whole fish specials. Start out with the Mediterranean platter to try the delicious hummus, pita, olives and other bites meant for sharing. With two locations, you&rsquoll want to check the menus online to make sure the spot you&rsquore visiting serves your favorite dishes. While both locations operate on a no-reservation policy, the 2nd Street spot offers outside seating and accepts VISA and Mastercard.

Heirloom Fine American Cookery (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Heirloom Fine American Cookery
8705 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-2700
www.heirloomdining.com

With the addition of his recent Paris Bistro and Jazz Café, Chef Al Paris is slowly taking over Chestnut Hill, and with restaurants as good as his, one can hardly complain. Heirloom is conveniently located next to the Wine & Spirits in the Top of the Hill Plaza, with parking just a few steps away. The menu features sophisticated dishes inspired by classic American comfort foods. With its cozy atmosphere inside and covered tables outside, Heirloom is the perfect spot for dinner (offered nightly except Monday) or Sunday brunch while enjoying a day in charming Chestnut Hill. The menu changes seasonally, so be sure to come by often to try the newest dishes.

Laurel
1617 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
www.restaurantlaurel.com

Chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel is the most recent winner of “Top Chef.” Elmi joins Chef Kevin Sbraga as the second Philadelphia winner on the popular Bravo show. At his intimate 22-seat South Philly BYOB, Elmi is able to showcase his talents, serving intricate French American cuisine. The a la carte menu is available Tuesday through Thursday with four courses suggested. Highlights include the New Jersey scallop that is hand-torn into smaller chunks, and the Albacore tuna, which has been praised as perhaps the best raw tuna dish in the city. On Friday and Saturdays, Laurel serves a seven-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person.

Radicchio Cafe (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Radicchio Café
402 Wood St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6850
www.radicchio-cafe.com

Radicchio is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in Old City. But for those in the know, it&rsquos a favorite. Start your meal with the fresh buffalo mozzarella topped with chopped tomato, grilled zucchini and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. While there are plenty of pasta dishes and classic entrees such as veal Milanese, this rustic Italian spot is probably best known for its whole fish specials. Eliminating the need to filet the fish for yourself, these meals are presented and served tableside and are available for individuals or split for two people.


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