Philly has quietly become one of the best cities in the region for indulging in all of the parts of the animal...and we mean every last one of the parts, from kidneys and hearts to entire heads and beyond. These restaurants represent the best of the nasty-bit best.
Still one of the best in town: rustic, honest, impossibly deep flavors define this casual spot. And yes, the pizza is still as great as anything you'll find in NYC.
Who loves perfectly cooked flesh more than the good folks at Cochon? Hardly anyone. From lamb to pork to blood sausage at brunch, this is a carnivore's dream.
Kanella is exactly what great BYO dining should be in this town: comforting, soul-satisfying, and occasionally boundary pushing. Bring a red and a white, and a huge appetite.
Chef Joe Cicala has been a quiet rock star on East Passyunk for years now, and the southern Italian magic he weaves here is nothing short of sorcery. The tripe is epic, as are the pastas. And meats. Okay, it's all pretty much great.
A hit since it opened, Bibou is the Philly BYOB par excellence. The deeply soulful French food, the casual, lovely dining room, the service: Every city should be so lucky to have a truly great place like this.
Portuguese food deserves infinitely more love than it gets in Philly. Happily, Koo Zee Doo keeps the flame lit with its authentic, gorgeous evocations of the glories of this great yet underrepresented cuisine. From octopus to chicken gizzards, it's all excellent here.
Italian beer is what all the cool kids are drinking right now, and nowhere in Philly is there a better selection than here. Gulp your next great ale with an order of the pig tails and forget all about wings once and for all.
Pitch perfect in concept and execution: just the kind of place that weary restaurant industry workers want to hang out in. Great beers, plenty of whiskey, and food as hearty as it is tasty. The pig ears are a must.