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Jun 23, 2008 11:00 AM

places with cheap corkage and decent food?

hi everyone!

just trying to get a list of places with decent to good food that provide low corkage fees

i guess my definition of cheap corkage is $20 and under.

any rec's in the LA area?

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  1. Here is one previous thread on this subject to get you started:

    1. which part of LA? if venice works for you, go to Mao's Kitchen for chinese-inspired california food. corkage is free. this is a neighborhood place that doesn't take reservations, no tablecloths, wooden chairs and benches, etc.
      i believe they also have a place on melrose, but i'm not sure about the corkage policy there.

      1. bella roma spqr has $4 corkage and their mom and pop style italian food is good.

        1. thanks! got another question! what is the proper way to BYOW? i read online that bringing your own bottle requires some ettiquite. one thing they mention is dont bring a cheap bottle.
          so, i dont want to look like a fool and bring a $20 bottle of wine to a restuarant.
          what is the proper price range in order to not look like a fool when you ask the staff to open that bottle of wine?

          3 Replies
          1. re: samtron608

            another rule is to not bring a bottle of wine that is on the restaurants' wine list.

            1. re: samtron608

              You won't look like a fool no matter what.

              The real issue here is

              a) restaurant restrictions and/or limitations,
              b) your taste, and
              c) the added value involved.

              a) restaurant usually specify certain pre-conditions, such as:
              no BYOB if on their list;
              BYOB on certain days of the week only;
              certain number of bottles per party;
              Better call and ask if you want to play it safe.

              b) If a) above is clear, then comes your taste, which is the main thing.
              If you like it, you bring it. If staff don't, that's their problem.

              c) If you are adding $20 to the cost of a, say, $2.00 bottle, your corkage fee is way out of proportion. Is like paying $20.00 shipping for a $2.00 item. But again, if b) above is main concern, then c) should be something you can live with.

              1. re: samtron608

                I have never been charged a corkage when I was able to convince the server (or sommelier) to try my wine. This is more difficult than it sounds, though your chances are better if you are bringing better wine.

              2. I've been eating at Frito Misto in Santa Monica, inexpensive, family friendly, 3 dollar corkage and a lot of people bring wine. The arugula gorganzola salad is very good, and I've been enjoying the whole wheat pasta with pesto and broccoli (you create that combo if you desire, not the wine-friendliest, but goes good with a Gruner Vertliner I just discovered)