Ryan Christopher's Review: Phyllis and Mike Klaumenzer's Narberth BYO Has Some of Montco's Best Comfort Food

Comfort food is de rigueur at Ryan Christopher’s restaurant in Narberth.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to order one (or several) of Phyllis’ homemade desserts. They’re worth the trip on their own. With no formal pastry chef training, she’s been baking for years. At one point, she supplied desserts for 12 restaurants in the area, including Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon in Conshohocken. She’s even made the desserts for the Merion Cricket Club’s Christmas Ball.

Now, Phyllis focuses solely on Ryan Christopher’s, much to the benefit of its patrons. Her Snickers pie—with its cookie crust, creamy interior and milk-chocolate “top crust”—was, in a word, heavenly. Served with vanilla ice cream, the apple custard tart stood out for its buttery shell and silky-smooth center. We’ve been told that Phyllis also makes a delicious gluten-free chocolate torte and fresh pineapple-and-coconut cheesecake.

THE SKINNY: Falling somewhere between a foodie relative’s dining room and your favorite local haunt, this inconspicuous BYOB pretty much nails its hearty comfort food and classic fare. The menu could probably be scaled down a bit, but if variety and consistency are what you’re looking for, you could do far worse than Ryan Christopher’s—even if you’re not from the neighborhood.

Location: 245 Woodbine Ave., Narberth; (610) 664-9282, ryanchristophersbyob.com.
Cuisine: American.
Cost: Appetizers $3.75-$8.99, entrées $8.50-$20.99.
Attire: Casual.
Atmosphere: Relaxed and warm, like you’re dining in someone’s home.
Hours: Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday noon-3 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5-9 p.m. Brunch: Saturday 8 a.m.-noon, Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Extras: BYO; outdoor patio in the warmer months; gluten-free selections.
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