Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Try The Best BYOB In Howard County Before It Disappears (And I Hope That It Will)

Wings from the kitchen, beer carried from home
The best BYOB in Howard County could disappear next week if Bon Chon Chicken gets it liquor license.

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! 

12 comments:

Trip Klaus said...

Thanks for the heads up on the date of the potential change. I have taken advantage of the BYOB policy and the proximity of Jason's many times. BTW anyone know anything about the future of Serafino's next door?

Mitesh said...

Curry Leaf in Laurel is BYOB. Great place!

Katie said...

I didn't realize that they hadn't yet got their liquor license yet or else I would have been taking advantage of this more. Also, make sure to save room to go to Shilla Bakery for dessert!

Alison C said...

Yamahana Sushi in Waverly Woods is also BYOB.

Anonymous said...

We have frequently enjoyed the customer-friendly BYOB policy at Bon Chon, too, but still look forward to their getting a liquor license.
However, does anyone know if Howard County's BYOB laws are different from Anne Arundel's BYOB laws?
We finally went to Grace Garden in Odenton over the holidays and LOVED it. Every dish was flavorful and perfectly prepared. We left beer in a cooler in the car until we ordered and asked if we could bring it in. The server said yes but that we would have to pour it into glasses(which she graciously provided) and to keep all the bottles under the table.
This was clearly different from any experience with BYOB at Bon Chon. Can anyone provide insight?

Anonymous said...

Ichiban in Snowden Square is BYOB, as is Sushi Nari in Kings Contrivance Village Center.

Anonymous said...

Trattorias in Dorsey Search

Eric Stuhl said...

Catonsville Gourmet is also BYOB. There is a corkage fee, but it is reasonable

Anonymous said...

Second vote for Catonsville Gourmet. Great food, great service! Right across the street from a small liquor store.

Carina said...

If we're including the Catonsville area, Regions restaurant is also a good BYOB!

Justin Bonner said...
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Justin Bonner said...

Jailbreak Brewing is anxiously awaiting your arrival at the brewery. We'll be open in a few short months but come check out the construction progress. We'd love to pick your brain on your preferred food trucks.