Are there any good (maybe a little upscale) BYOs here? So far I'm only aware of Lola's and Bennachin's... I would be willing to pay a small corkage fee but prefer no more than $5... takes away the whole point of bringing my own wine.
Thanks for your help!
I think bringing your own wine to a restaurant that accepts the practice is more akin to bring your own filter for an oil change, which most places understand. Here are a few more:
Eat New Orleans (cheeky name; excellent food)
Mona Lisa (which is similar to Lola's; both now have a liquor license but still permit you to bring your own)
"I would be willing to pay a small corkage fee but prefer no more than $5... takes away the whole point of bringing my own wine."
Exactly! Corkage fees ARE designed to discourage customers from bringing in their own wine. Unless you have a rare or extremely special bottle of wine, let the restaurant do what it is supposed to do - sell you food and wine. Would you bring your own oil to Jiffy Lube and ask them to put it in for you?
Yes, I understand how the restaurant business works, but as it happens, I have two very special bottles of wine (better than I could usually order at a restaurant) and I don't have the time or energy to prepare a meal that would do them justice. But if they have to wait until I'm out of medical school to be consumed... I guess they'll just be better aged by 2009.
Most good restaurants will allow you "special" bottles. Call first and discuss the situation. If that wine is on their list, you might well be out of luck. I'd also offer the sommelier a glass, and maybe a glass for the chef, or owner. Even in Arizona, where there are some strict laws governing customers' wines, I've never had a problem - but call first.
Also, if you want a special meal to go with your special wine, I'd look to a restaurant that offers that food, more than a BYO setup.
Oh, did I mention to call first?