BYOBs. Better than regular restaurants?
I live in Philadelphia. Philadelphia loves food. Philadelphia is great at food.
Yes, everyone is familiar with the cheap food in Philadelphia's wheelhouse -- the cheesesteaks, the pulled pork, the hoagies, the Italian sausage. We kick ass with things on a roll in this town. But this town also does fine dining, and it does it extraordinarily well. With elan, dare I say. Mercato. Le Virtu. Distrito. Osteria. Melograno. And best of all, thanks to the absurd, Quaker-choked liquor laws of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is rife with the magic of the BYOB.
That's Bring Your Own Booze! You stop at the state store, you buy whatever wine strikes your fancy (or at least the one with the most tasteful label), and you bring everything you need.
At this point, I think I'm actually disappointed when a restaurant actually has a liquor license. That means that instead of buying a bottle of wine from a massive selection for $11, you'll be paying $18 for two glasses of wine off of a small list. I realize that restaurants with liquor licenses tend to make most of their money off of the booze, but I'd just as soon have every restaurant be BYOB, because I'm a tightwad and because BYOBs have nothing to offer you besides food, so the food tends to be great.
What about you, fair Reckonaut? Do you actually prefer a restaurant to be BYOB as opposed to having a standard liquor license? Or does not having a selection of liquor on the menu kill your buzz?