BYOB Guide Reinspires Love for Main Line Cuisine

Our editor talks about the vast array of dining options in our neighborhoods.



Hobart Rowland

Hobart Rowland

I wish I could take credit for it, but, in good conscience, I can’t. Full disclosure: MLT publisher JB Braun came up with the “around the world” theme for our annual BYOB cover story. And it’s a good one—especially when you consider the vast variety of cuisine available at the hundreds of BYOBs in our area.

Brilliant idea in hand, the Town Dish team took the global concept and ran with it. “Pulling together this year’s dining guide reminded us that there’s really truly something for everyone in our area,” says Dish Works team director Nina Malone. “We discovered new gems and old favorites while ‘touring’ Asia, Italy, Mexico and America—plus a forkful of gourmet and more affordable options for your dining pleasure.” 

Nina Malone

Nina Malone

This year’s guide also takes into account the situational dynamics of eating out. Date night? Not a problem. Babysitter bailed at the last minute? We’ve got you covered. Special event? Consider it done. Whether it’s a cozy table for two or a seasonal alfresco getaway, you’ll find what you’re looking for among the 30 stars—rising stars included—profiled this month. 

“We sampled a bounty of BYOBs, keeping an eye on service and ambiance, too,” says Malone, explaining the selection process. “We then convened a roundtable of sorts, tightening our lengthy list of worthy options to the best and the brightest in each category. Kudos to Ronna Dewey, Nathan Greenwood, Michele Kornegay and Ed Williams for curating the final 30 destinations.”

And as our dining scene continues to expand, the excuses to hit the road have multiplied exponentially. From West Grove to Manayunk, Media to Honey Brook, Eagleville to Glen Mills and beyond, every one of these spots is well worth the drive. 

“We were especially impressed by how our local chefs continue to create and innovate in the kitchen, drawing us in with honest and inspiring cuisine—no bar required,” Malone says. “Just bring along your favorite libations to pair with what will no doubt become your new favorite dishes.” 

Have a safe and delicious February.

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