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December 30, 2009

New BYOB restaurants



Jo Ann has a question:

We were wondering if any new BYOB restaurants have opened in the Baltimore/Harford county areas since your article in 2/08.

I'm not sure what she means by my "article," but I'm assuming it was the print edition of this Top 10.  I don't have any suggestions for her, but maybe one of you does. ...

In fact, it seems to me fewer restaurants without liquor licenses have been opening lately, but that's just my vague impression. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Grano in Hampden, and I think she means Baltimore county, not Baltimore city.

If there did happen to be enough BYOBs that weren't in my first Top 10, that might be worth another list. In a weak economy, people seem to appreciate BYOBs more.

(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:19 AM | | Comments (15)


I live close to Grano and have had a very difficult time getting in - they rarely answer their phone between 6-9pm and when you stop by, they say 'No reservation, NO table!' Maybe its because I live close by, but I think they would be better served to work on a first-come first-served basis, since half the tables were empty when we stopped by but we didn't have the holy golden reservation.

Bagby's pizza is byob

Kyro (formerly Al Pacino's) in Mt. Vernon is BYOB. I didn't see that on the previous post.

in White Marsh / Honeygo: Chopstix and Bombay Nights. both are in the same shopping center, with a liquor store right there.

Catonsville Gourmet in...wait for it...Catonsville.

Maybe its a Hampden thing, but Grill Art on 36th is BYOB as well.

I love BYOBs, especially higher end ones with good food, but they never seem to survive around here. They are very big in certain spots in PA (guess the liquor licneses are harder to get), but apparantly around here everyone wants to pay double for their alcohol?? and restaurants don't want to open without a liquor license...?

Egyptian Pizza in Owings Mills was byob - not sure, been a while.

My favorite restaurant, Mari Luna, is BYOB. I am sad to report that they are now charging a corkage fee. The last time I was there I had one bottle of wine and the fee was $5.00.

For a wonderful experience buy a bottle of Cahors (no a Malbec from Argentina won't do) and enjoy it with the skirt steak.

Restaurant Sabor in Mays Chapel
Hunan Taste in Catonsville
And Vito's in Timonium

Feast @ 4 East is BYOW (bring your own wine) and their food is really tasty--a fresh, local, seasonal spin on French cuisine.

Brick Oven Pizza is BYOB

LEDO Pizza in Federal Hill/Locust Point is BYOB

baba's on fort ave in federal hill is also BYOB, and very tasty!

I second Amie's comment: Highly highly recommend Federal Hill BYOB restaurant: Baba's Kitchen at 745 E. Fort Ave.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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