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Dmitri's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

795 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 625 0556's insider take:

The grandfather of Philadelphia's B.Y.O.B. movement was born in 1990, when Dmitri Chimes decided to abandon the kitchen and prepare all meals from the counter of this old soda fountain. By limiting his cooking techniques (mostly to grilling), he made simplicity his signature—to wit, the grilled octopus and fresh whole fish finished with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of herbs. The limited seating (and the typical 45-minute wait) create a convivial community with the New Wave, a bar across the street where you can have a drink until a waitress fetches you.

Open daily 5:30 to 10 pm; cash only.

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