Our favorite spot to bring a group on Baltimore Ave. is Vientiane Café, a Laotian BYOB that serves big portions and never seems to mind when you open that third (or fifth) bottle of wine. They’ve got plenty of noodle and curry dishes, but the Lao specialties, like the BBQ Cornish game hen and the pan-seared tilapia wraps, are our favorites. It’s not exactly sprawling in size and they are cash only, so call ahead for reservations and hit the ATM before you go.
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Vietnam Cafe is a huge restaurant in West Philly that has some great Vietnamese food and lots of Polynesian cocktails.
Gojjo Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant
Gojjo in West Philly is an Ethiopian spot that has things like wings and burgers, along with more traditional Ethiopian food.
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Baan Thai is a small BYOB in Schmidt Commons that has lots of outdoor seating in the summer.
Kalaya Thai Kitchen
Kalaya is a 30-seat BYOB in Bella Vista that serves the best Thai food in the city.
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Head to Marrakesh is a cash-only Moroccan spot in Society Hill with belly dancers and tables you recline at.
Rex 1516 in Rittenhouse is about as close as you can get to New Orleans without leaving Philly.
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