For the rest of my dining, in the spirit of the trip, I decided to stick exclusively to restaurants in Philadelphiaâ€™s unusual bring-your-own-bottle scene, a huge number of no-wine-list establishments that have sprung up partly because of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s state-controlled alcohol sales system, which means smaller profits and expensive licensing costs for restaurant owners. Many of the B.Y.O.B. restaurants are tiny, run by chefs who, maybe because of the absence of a bar, put the focus intensely on the food, which can be fantastic.
Among the spots he visited:
- Hibernia Deli Coffee Shop
- Little Fish
- Old City Coffee
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