Everyone knows that setting a calendar reminder 28 days in advance is the only way to get a reservation at Pizzeria Beddia in Philly or Carbone in Manhattan, but you should also keep it in mind if you plan on eating at Black Eyed Susans in Harvey Cedars. This BYOB spot is constantly packed with people celebrating special occasions, like a kid’s completion of freshman year, or an anniversary (while their freshman kid raids their liquor cabinet back at the house). The reason this white tablecloth restaurant is constantly slammed is the seafood-focused American food, like doughy, charred gnocchi with big chunks of lobster, and tender tilefish over thick vichyssoise.
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Holiday Snack Bar
Holiday Snack Bar is a Beach Haven spot that feels like it was transported here from the ’50s.
Blue Water Cafe
Blue Water Cafe is a BYOB spot on Long Beach Island with good seafood and a fantastic burger topped with blue crab dip.
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Ship Bottom Brewery serves its own beers at its bar and brewery on Long Beach Island, where it has a BYO food policy and often has live music.
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SOMO SoPhi is a two-level American restaurant near the stadiums with tons of outdoor seating.
Harp & Crown
Harp & Crown in Rittenhouse has private dining rooms and bowling lanes, which makes it a good spot for to go all out for a special occasion.
ITV is a restaurant and cocktail bar in East Passyunk with solid small plates that works great for a casual date.
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Parker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon
If you want to eat overlooking the water on Long Beach Island, do it at Parker’s Garage in Beach Haven.
Tucker’s Tavern is a big bar and restaurant on Long Beach Island with $1 oysters during Happy Hour.
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