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20 of Our Favorite BYOBs Around the Main Line Region

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Unwind—and uncork—with a creative and seasonal meal at any of these Main Line-area BYOB culinary hot spots.

AT THE TABLE BYOB

Husband-and-wife team Tara Buzan-Hardy and Alex Hardy craft exquisitely plated seasonal à la carte selections and six-course tasting menus. Signature dishes: Pan-seared foie gras, cherry-smoked short-rib ravioli, charcoal-grilled Spanish octopus. 11 Louella Court, Wayne, (610) 964-9700, atthetablebyob.com

AUTANA PERUVIAN

Tucked away in the Ardmore Station Cafe, this offbeat new addition to a fast-growing restaurant scene specializes in authentic Peruvian cuisine. Signature dishes: arepas (cornmeal cakes), tequeños (breaded cheese sticks), costillas (ribs). 6 Station Road, Ardmore, (484) 416-5843, autanapa.com

AVLOS GREEK CUISINE

Taking over the space that once housed Phoenixville’s beloved Majolica, Avlos isn’t your typical gyro joint. Signature dishes: Lahanika (with fresh mushrooms, pearl onions, oregano and fava puree), Moshari Kokkinisto (a stew with braised beef, cinnamon-scented tomato sauce and hilopitaki pasta), baklava. 258 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 455-4110, avlosgr.com

BLACKFISH

The venerable Chip Roman continues to thrill the palette with his sophisticated flair for freshness, texture and presentation. Signature dishes: Roasted Dorade Royale (a Mediterranean fish with crispy basmati rice, snow peas, frisée and madras curry emulsion), Lancaster County Poulard (chicken with onion soubise, honeynut squash, shiitake mushroom and chicken jus), cinnamon-sugar beignets. 119 Fayette St., Conshohocken, (610) 397-0888, blackfishrestaurant.com

THE CHOICE

Owner Vladimir Hyvel is a gifted chef who specializes in Euro-fusion-style preparations. Signature dishes: Chicken pate, pan-seared foie gras, Chilean sea-bass with miso sauce, grilled New Zealand rack of lamb. 845 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 383-3230, thechoice-restaurant.com

CHOW

Just across from Ursinus College, this BYOB’s classic feel matches its home-style menu. Signature dishes: Kennett Square mushroom flatbread, fra diavolo, Thai chicken dumplings, honey barbecue meatloaf. 454 E. Main St., Collegeville, (484) 902-8495, chowbistro.com

FATTOUSH

Fattoush’s super-fresh Mediterranean fare is proof that it pays to investigate restaurants in strip malls. Signature dishes: Falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, beef and chicken shawarmas, Samke Harra (flounder). 182 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (484) 568-4465, fattoushhealthydining.com

FRANKIE’S FELLINI CAFE

Be sure to grab reservations at this popular family-owned gem across from the Berwyn train station. Signature dishes: Veal chop (grilled, Milanese or Parmigiana), house-made pasta with meatballs and/or roasted sausage. 678 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn, (610) 647-1737, frankiesfellinicafe.com

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The Greyhound Cafe’s Impossible Burger.

THE GREYHOUND CAFE

At this unofficial mecca for vegans and carnivores alike, owner Joseph Solar has been keeping things plant-based since 2017. Signature dishes: Rigatoni and meatballs, the “Life Changing” Chimichanga, the award-winning Impossible Burger. 81 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 240-0222; thegreyhoundcafe.com

OTORO SUSHI AND GRILL

At this Berwyn newbie, sushi aficionados can look on as fresh fish is sliced and diced on the spot. Signature dishes: Sushi, tempura, teriyaki, katsu, udon. 668 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (484) 329-8499, otoropa.com

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Pomo’doro’s frutti di mare.

POMO’DORO

Practically a Downingtown institution, this family-owned restaurant offers hearty Italian dishes and decadent desserts. Signature dishes: Mussels, baked stuffed mushrooms, chicken pastina, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi, frutti di mare. 200 Chestnut St., Downingtown, (610) 873-0405,
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Rye BYOB’s cavatelli with broccolini, preserved tuna and Meyer lemon.

RYE BYOB

Chef Ryan Sulikowski’s business model wisely favors an innovative menu, stunning presentation and great service. Signature dishes: Chicken pot pie, scallops, hand-rolled pastas. 112 W. State St., Media, ryebyob.com

THE SILVERSPOON

Ruth and Rich Silverberg oversee this rustic yet elegant Main Line favorite. Signature dishes: Pan-roasted salmon, pasta Bolognese, the Silverburger. 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-7646, silverspoonwayne.com

SONTUOSA BYOB

Chef Ernesto Guzman has been curating his international menu for close to five years. Signature dishes: Truffle mushroom gnocchi, roasted cauliflower steak, Chilean sea bass over Jerusalem artichoke purée. 26 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, (484) 222-6216, sontuosabyob.com

SOPHIE’S BBQ

Keep plenty of napkins handy for Gregg Herman’s impressive comfort-food lineup, which includes a mouthwatering dry-rub chicken, baby back ribs, and Louisiana hot links (made on-site). Other signature dishes: Pulled pork shoulder, a smoked salmon BLT. 64 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 642-0100, sophiesbbq.com

SPENCE CAFE

Andrew Patten has been a culinary fixture in West Chester for close to 20 years, cultivating his stellar reputation in the kitchen throughout the borough and beyond. Signature dishes: Baked Oysters Spence, braised short rib, seafood cioppino, brown-sugar-brined pork chop. 131 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 918-1272, spence.cafe

TIRAMISU RISTORANTE

Indulge in antipasto and exquisite pasta plates (with or without protein) at this family-owned gem. Signature dishes: Roman-Jewish fried artichokes, veal scallopini. 720 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 906-3299, tiramisuberwyn.com

VERBENA BYOB

Scott Morozin doesn’t bother printing a menu for the multi-course dinners he orchestrates on the fly. Guests share feedback with the servers and the chef himself. Signature dishes: New York duck breast, Big Glory Bay salmon, scallops crudo. 102 E. State St., Kennett Square; (484) 732-7932, verbenabyob.com

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Bring your own spirits to pair with Welcome to the Avenue’s house-made tropical drinks.

WELCOME TO THE AVENUE

Chef Kwane Haywood and partner Akiai Worthington are wowing locals and out-of-towners alike with their eclectic Caribbean/Jamaican-themed menu. Signature dishes: Curry goat, jerk chicken, hot pots, braised oxtails. 107 E. High St., Pottstown, (484) 752-4076, welcometotheavenue.com

YANAKO

Talk about a one-two punch. Three years ago, Moon Krapugthong relocated her beloved Yanako right next door to her award-winning Chabaa Thai Bistro on Manayunk’s Main Street. Signature dishes: Sushi and rolls, tempura, noodles, curry dishes. 4345 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 297-8151, theyanako.com