Best New Restaurant
Published: September 21, 2011
850 W. 36th St., (443) 869-5075, cornerbyob.com
A quirky city should have quirky restaurants, and Corner BYOB established its bona fides early on with its confusing corkage fee and its weird and challenging charge-you-to-take-home-leftovers policy (the fee is for the container). And yet the kitchen turns out exquisite Belgian-inflected dishes—rabbit and prunes gently cooked in beer, classic moules frites, a massive veal chop. More intriguing is the restaurant’s exotic food club, which offers kangaroo, bear, even python to area foodies’ adventuresome palates and takes the notion of “got game” to a whole new level. Extra kudos for transforming a Hampden greasy spoon into an intimate, attractive dining space.