Friday, October 22, 2010
Kloby's Is Expanding (& More Happy Hour News)
The BBQ joint on Johns Hopkins Road started as a takeout and has expanded to have seating and waiters at night.
Now, Kloby's plans to take over the space next door -- ice cream parlor in the front, a bar in the middle, and space in the back that could be used as a stage. (Separate entrances for ice cream and the main restaurant/bar.) People had talked about the expansion since August, but I heard the plans first-hand at yesterday's happy hour.
The ice cream parlor will have its own door in the front. The new space will have a new main entrance and continue Kloby's expansion into a spot for craft beer as well as barbecue. I let the Baltimore Beer Guy order for me at the happy hour, and I loved the new Flying Dog Single Hop Simcoe Imperial IPA. Hoppy like the Raging Bitch that I drank all summer, but maybe one level smoother and less bitter.
Somewhere between the beer and the wings, I forgot to ask about when the expansion will happen. Go try Kloby's wings and you'll understand. Before the happy hour got started, David of Hoco360 and I got a backstage tour and saw the huge smoker that makes Kloby's so different. Real firewood burning, and the end result where Kloby's had put that smoky flavor into trays of ribs, chicken and wings.
They serve those wings in a dozen ways. I went with "dirty and old" -- which meant they were fried twice and seasoned with Old Bay. Those are absolutely my favorite wings around -- big meaty wings with real flavor, not just a fried coating and hot sauce. I shared those around so that I could justify having a second round of three "slider" sandwiches -- a chicken, a pork barbecue, and a beef brisket. Delicious, and I'm ready to go back for the ribs.
Thanks to everyone who came for the happy hour. That was great fun, and I appreciate everyone who came to talk. I'm always glad that HowChow is entertaining and useful. I hope everyone had fun -- and good luck to the Patch folks who are kicking off their respective sites for Ellicott City, Columbia and Savage-Guilford. (We explained there is no such place as Savage-Guilford, but they have bosses at corporate who know this area better than all of us.) HowChow is just a hobby, but these folks are journalists so they have to figure out new media as its happening -- and do it right at the same time.
Click here for other reports on the happy hour from the EC Patch, Columbia Patch, Hecker, 53 Beers, Hoco Rising, and Jessie X. And check out the new blogging at Hoco Politico.