JJ Thai checks all the necessary boxes for somewhere to eat before a night out in Rittenhouse. You can get a lot of hearty Thai food without spending a ton, they take reservations, it’s a BYOB, and it’s right on Chestnut, so you don’t even need a car to get to your first bar stop of the night.
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Go to Rosy’s for a big group dinner that won’t cost you a ton of money, even if you add in a few margaritas.
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Baan Thai is a small BYOB in Schmidt Commons that has lots of outdoor seating in the summer.
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