|Wings from the kitchen, beer carried from home|
I hope Bon Chon gets approved at its January 14 hearing before the county liquor board. That's a great little restaurant just off Rte 40, and you will have a great time there eating fried chicken and beer. There is a wall-sized projection screen for football.
But until they fill their own bar, you should rush to take advantage of the best BYOB option in the county. Park outside Bon Chon. Send one person into the restaurant to get a table and order up the Korean fried chicken. Send another person to walk 50 feet to Rte 40 and then down the shopping center to Jason's Wine & Spirits to pick out your own wine or beer.
Because Bon Chon opened without a liquor license, they have been very cool about letting people carry their own. We have picked from Jason's enormous selection. I also once brought a soft cooler full of beer and cider. Mike and I drank a selection while his son drank apple juice. You have to love a two-year-old who chows on spicy chicken and hangs out in the booth.
Seriously, Bon Chon is worth the visit any time. But the BYOB window should close soon.
Does anyone else know good BYOB options in Howard County? It's a standard option in Philadelphia, where there are many great restaurants that don't have a liquor license. Alcohol isn't my biggest draw, but I'd love to know if there are other BYOB options around here.
(Update: I may have been wrong about the "best" BYOB. Check out the comments for a bunch of interesting places where you can bring your own beer or wine.)
Check out that liquor board agenda to see other food news coming to Howard County. Seasons 52 is coming to the Columbia Mall. Curry & Kabob in Columbia appears to be getting a liquor license. And there is Jailbreak Brewery, which I still need to write about!