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BYOB mid-range spot, transit accessible?

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Hey all,

I'm seeking suggestions for a mid-range price place off a train line, preferrably BYOB (but not required by any means). Friend in from out of town tomorrow night. Two omnivores and one pesco-ovo-lacto-vegetarian (me). Any ideers? Secret favourites? Thanks in advance!

-Nora Rocket

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  1. Woah, and speaking of "Nora doesn't do her homework," I just uncovered that BYOB is not so much a thing in Boston. Forgive a Chicagoan; she doesn't know what she's doing out here!

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    1. re: Nora Rocket

      Don't worry, Nora. Many places don't officially do BYO but if you are discreet they will accomodate you. Just had a meal at a seafood place in Chinatown that told us no, and then let us pour our wine into drinking glasses. (Keeping the name on the DL since it wasn't actually permissable.) My advice: pick a place that you would like to go, and if you're Lucky, they'll let you pull the wine out of your bag. Remember to pour some for the waiter.

      1. re: yumyum

        I've been to East Ocean City (which does have a wine list), and for a $10 corking fee, they do a nice job of serving the wine in actual wine glasses and putting the rest of the bottle in a bucket to chill. They also have champagne glasses.

        1. re: jenga

          byob is illegal in boston. some places (especially in chinatown) may let you slide, but i wouldn't recommend it. you and they could get in heaps of trouble.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I definitely wouldn't reccomend any of the establishments willing to bend the rules on this board.

    2. Silvertone, on Bromfield close to Park Street station has good comfort food at reasonable prices. Not sure about veg options, but I'd imagine there are a few. While not BYOB, it has one of the lowest markups on wines in the area. The last I checked, they did not have a website.

      Also, Grotto, is reasonably close to the MGH and/or Gov't Center stops. I love their fondue which is served with steak and portobella strips - maybe you can request all portobello strips (or let your friends eat the steak). Not sure on wine prices there, but their 3 course prix fixe is very reaonable.

      http://www.grottorestaurant.com/dinne...

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      1. re: Dax

        agreed about silvertone, and it's convenient both red and orange line. wines are $10 over cost. franklin has the same pricing but a bit further from a t-stop.

      2. Super Fusion Cuisine at the Washington Square stop in Brookline off the C Line is BYOB. Great Sushi and not expensive.

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        1. re: BostonCorkDork

          Rumor has it that Zoe's in Somerville (though it might be Cambridge....not sure where the line is...) on Beacon is BYOB. and though i have never been, CHs RAVE about it :)
          also, last summer a friend and i brought wine to Takamura in Harvard Sq. The sushi was decent, nothing to write home about, but still a fun dinner.