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Good Food, BYO in Lancaster?

CindyJ Feb 29, 2012 08:08 AM

I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants in Lancaster that are BYO that serve good food in a pleasant atmosphere. I know there are plenty of Asian places, but to find an Italian restaurant would be great. Actually, any type of restaurant that is conducive to relaxed dining would be appreciated. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    sballard Feb 29, 2012 11:04 AM

    I think the best BYO in Lancaster is this place: http://www.maisonlancaster.com/

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    1. re: sballard
      ahab Mar 4, 2012 08:40 PM

      If my one experience at Maison was representative, it may be the best restaurant in Lancaster BYO or otherwise. Can't wait to go back. Hands down the best meal I've had since moving to the area.

      1. re: ahab
        CindyJ Mar 5, 2012 06:11 AM

        I've heard great things about Maison, and I'm looking forward to going soon. I was hoping to get a recommendation (or two) for a BYO that's more for "everyday dining."

        1. re: CindyJ
          ahab Mar 5, 2012 08:08 AM

          I really like El Maizal (Colombian). I've never done BYO there, but I don't see why you couldn't. I'd call to check. You can have a relaxed meal there and it's more of an everyday restaurant than Maison.

          La Costena (Peruvian) and Rice & Noodles (Vietnamese) are great as well. Rice & Noodles can get very busy at times and may not be the place for a leisurely meal.

          El Maizal Art Restaurant
          306 North Mulberry Street
          Lancaster, PA 17603
          (717) 517-9709

          La Costena
          315 W King St
          Lancaster, PA 17603
          (717) 397-1996

          1. re: ahab
            CindyJ Mar 5, 2012 10:30 AM

            These look like a few good choices. Thanks, ahab!

          2. re: CindyJ
            sballard Mar 5, 2012 08:18 AM

            Most of the casual BYO places I can think of are Asian.

            The only Italian BYO I can think of is DiMaria's in Mount Joy: http://dimariaspizza.com/

            They actually make very good food. The Grandma's Pie is awesome, as is their tomato pie. Their Italian dinners are very good as well. It is very casual, but can get a bit crowded at prime time hours, as it is not very big. It might be tight for a big group, but I think it would be perfect for around 4 people.

            1. re: sballard
              sballard Mar 5, 2012 10:12 AM

              Just thought of another casual non-asian option, also in Mount Joy. Harvey's BBQ. A really good BBQ joint that is BYO: http://www.harveysbarbecue.com

              1. re: sballard
                CindyJ Mar 5, 2012 10:29 AM

                Thanks! Too bad Mt. Joy isn't a bit closer to Lancaster. I know it's not all that far, but Lancaster town/outskirts is the area I need to be in.

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