Best of Philly

Best BYOB Restaurant

2016 BEST New BYO

Saté Kampar

This cool, new and very popular addition to the East Passyunk restaurant scene offers excellent Malaysian food and a killer coffee service. The one thing it doesn’t have? A bar. So the pro move here is to bring a bottle of vodka, ask for a tall glass of ice and a shot of Ribena (a black-currant cordial that, when drunk straight, tastes like the decorative soaps in your grandmother’s bathroom), and then just thank us later. Because nothing goes better with a plate of goat satay and some coconut-sweet chicken kurma than this DIY cocktail.

1837 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA | 267-324-3860 | Website


2015 BEST New BYO

Helm

1303 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Forget too many cooks in the kitchen. Dual chefs Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths have hit the exacta: idea-crammed cooking that’s in lockstep with the foraged-and-fermented zeitgeist, in an atmosphere as relaxed as your living room. Read more »

2014 BEST BYOB

Will

1911 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Chef-owner Chris Kearse seamlessly melds modern cuisine and classic French technique in an almost flawless display of culinary smarts. Add in the Tuesday Tasting menus, the Sunday prix-fixe dinners and the fact that it’s a BYOB, and Will suddenly becomes the kind of place that could only exist in Philly. Read more »

2013 BEST Italian BYO Restaurant

Mercato

1216 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Readers’ Choice: Perennially full, cash only, tons of cured meats and a bolognese to dream about; Mercato is exactly everything that Philadelphians want in their Italian BYOs. And they’re finally taking reservations. Read more »