I ran across a link to this site while surfing some local foodie blogs; GoPhila has created a clever little mashup to promote the odd and wonderful dining category that seems to flourish in Philly, the B.Y.O.B. Here's our neighborhood for example:
Some people think the spike in BYOB dining is linked to the state's monopoly on wine (non-PA residents: you have to buy every drop from a state store or go across the border). The margins on a bottle at a restaurant are so thin that serving wine becomes an obstacle to serving great food. There's been alot of great BYOB "start-ups" in town, chefs who were catapulted into the mainstream from the tiny kitchens of neighborhood BYOBs.
I have to admit, having been a tourist and now a new resident, I was a bit skeptical about the whole concept of the bring-your-own-bottle dining. The idea of dragging along your own wine to a meal seemed kinda cheap.
I thought this link would be a good way of getting other skeptics like me to explore your BYOB options if you're coming to visit Philly...plus, I love useful Google Mashups.
C & E