|No Wegmans liquor for now, but here comes barbecue|
In August, I had flagged the liquor license application filed by The Loft Wine & Spirits. In November, Amanda Yeager reported that the application was withdrawn because of a zoning issue. Apparently, the county says a liquor store isn't appropriate there.
Reading between the lines, it looks like folks are tussling behind the scenes. I'm sure Wegmans would like to rent that second-story space, and liquor store owners are pushing the liquor and zoning laws. Does anyone know updates since mid-November?
But while I was nosing around the liquor board website, I came across some other tidbits about new restaurants, including the Urban Bar-B-Que that looks really close on Rte 108 near Snowden River Parkway and the Mission BBQ on Rte 40 that I'll blog about soon. Here's fun stuff:
- You may be able to buy a beer while your friends or kids play indoor soccer. The November hearing that would have been for the Loft turned into a one-item agenda: a license for the Soccer Dome in Columbia. It's not my scene, but it seems to be an indoor soccer facility.
- There are new liquor licenses that mention restaurants that are new to me and are either opening or just opened -- Los Compadres in Woodstock, Home Slyce in Columbia, and Pie Five Pizza on Rte 40 in Ellicott City. I got a little excited that I had discovered a new restaurant called Vantage House until I read closely and saw it's actually a license to serve beer and wine at a retirement community.
- The great coincidence was that Jeffrey Givens of Southern Skies Coffee in Finksburg just emailed me about Los Compadres. He and his wife basically stumbled on the new Mexican restaurant in the Waverly Woods shopping center just north of I-70 on Marriottsville Road:
We had a few rare hours to ourselves for dinner, and I wanted Mexican. There's nothing good up our way, so we had planned on going to El Azteca in Clarksville. Just out of curiosity, I fired up the Yelp app to see if there were any more options, and Los Compadres popped up with really good reviews.Unfortunately, I think sometimes that the food press is evaporating around us. I appreciate the Sun and WPost articles because they're becoming fewer and farther between. I also welcome any reports on these new places in the comments below.
Since it was so much closer, we decided to take a chance and I'm super glad that we did. Rommel, the owner, introduced himself and took us through the menu. It's mainly the standard fare, but they also had less common items like sopes and tortas. My wife got three enchiladas with one each of pastor, carne asada and barbacoa. I got chile rellenos.
I pretty much hold R&R as the gold standard. If I graded R&R as a "10," I'd have to say that the food we had was a solid 8.5. It was all very well seasoned and the flavor profiles were spot on.
The prices were very reasonable, with our bill coming in at $20.
I think the place is a real gem and deserves some good attention from the food press.