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#1 Post by BobH » May 25th, 2010, 12:12 pm

It is almost easier to post the places that AREN'T BYOB friendly as opposed to the ones that are, because the town is fairly BYOB friendly, as all of PA is. I will list some favorites to start out with, but quite frankly this is not meant to be comprehensive. There are numerous new places opening up and whenever I have a chance to visit them, I will add them to the list. I am lucky enough to live with a chef, so I don't have to eat out very often for fine food.

Bona Terra: BYOB required, and the food is farm to table for the most part. Very good, one of the tops in town.

Isabella's on Grandview: Has a medicore reputation, but I think it is better than its rep. It is BYOB friendly (last I checked $15 a bottle) and is the best place for tourists who want the view

Pine's Tavern- way out in the country, but great food. $15 a bottle, and a limit of 2 bottles, but I bet a well timed phone call to the owner Mike could get him to relax that. Bring your own glasses here.

ala Famiglia- I really like this place. They have a wine list now, so I think they are charging corkage nowadays of $15. I don't think you need your own glasses here either. Ask to sit in the front area as it is almost like a chef's table.

China Star in the North Hills is my favorite authentic Chinese food. Awesome stuff, and a great place if you are opening whites or champagnes. If you want a red wine, order the tea smoked duck. I think corkage is $10, but they have never actually charged us. It is helpful to bring your own glasses.

Any of the Big Burrito chain is $15. Most of their chain is pretty solid. Not a lot of highs, but usually good. The Casbah is my favorite, which may be shocking to the foodies who prefer Eleven.
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#2 Post by Victor Hong » May 26th, 2010, 6:35 am

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#4 Post by BobH » May 26th, 2010, 7:03 am

Victor Hong wrote:"Post subject: Pitsburgh PA"

Slip of the tongue?
Your comments are always so appreciated, Victory, but any mis-spellings in this thread were purely intentional.
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#5 Post by Victor Hong » June 1st, 2010, 4:37 am

b hudak wrote:
Victor Hong wrote:"Post subject: Pitsburgh PA"

Slip of the tongue?
......, Victory,.........
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#6 Post by LColhouer » June 3rd, 2010, 10:31 pm

How could you forget Vivo, Bob?
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#7 Post by BobH » June 4th, 2010, 6:40 am

I don't think I have been to Vivo. My wife tends to shy away from any restaurant that is Italian, as that is a cuisine that she does not like. Therefore, my recs are always going to be light on the italy side.
Regardless, almost every place in town is BYOB friendly, so that aspect is easy. I was just trying to list some of my personal favorites.
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#8 Post by LColhouer » June 4th, 2010, 6:00 pm

b hudak wrote:I don't think I have been to Vivo. My wife tends to shy away from any restaurant that is Italian, as that is a cuisine that she does not like. Therefore, my recs are always going to be light on the italy side.
Regardless, almost every place in town is BYOB friendly, so that aspect is easy. I was just trying to list some of my personal favorites.
Well then you have missed out on the best restaurant in the Burgh (even though it is technically in Bellvue). The owners are Italian, but I wouldn't consider the menu Italian. There is, for instance, no pasta dish on the menu. Unusual fish selections(flown in fresh everyday), range of meats (incl lamb and occasional game which you don't see much up there), and a vegetarian selection. I have no affiliation other than being a huge fan since they opened in 2000. Oh, and the nicest people.
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#9 Post by BobH » June 5th, 2010, 9:45 am

Laura- FWIW (probably nothing if you enjoy the place):

I knew there was something about Vivo that was triggering a memory with me, so I asked my wife about them. She mentioned who they are, and it brought it all back to me. They have a history of being very rude to my wife on multiple occasions, and she just won't deal with them anymore. One time, we were trying to arrange for a private party there on an off-night, and they essentially acted like they were doing us a favor by taking our groups money. We decided to go elsewhere. On another occasion, she tried to make reservations for freinds who were on a plane flying to town for a funeral, as they really wanted to go there. They wouldn't take the reservation from her, because she wasn't one of the diners, even though she explained to them that they were on a plane and unable to use their cell phones. Then, they refused to promise to work around our friends funeral plans by ensuring that the dinner would be over in two hours, stating that they wanted to be the event for the evening, not the funeral. And normally, while I agree with that philosophy, that is a little hard ass in a very special circumstance. So I can guess that we will nto be going there any time soon lest my wife tell them off in person (she'd do it too). hitsfan
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#10 Post by LColhouer » June 5th, 2010, 10:39 am

Sorry to hear that, Bob. Nothing like my experiences with Sam and Lori.
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#11 Post by s.spewock » March 5th, 2011, 10:37 am

Nothing added to this in a while. I have a couple.

La Cucina Dolce - Monroeville (You can even reserve via Open Table) -BYOB only - $4.00/bottle

Donato's - Fox Chapel - full service bar and restaurant - allow byob - $15 corkage. Had my birthday dinner there recently. It was great. I graduated high school with Donato. He came to our table and gave my wife and I a full kitchen tour. The kitchen is first rate, better than most others I've seen in the Pittsburgh area. The menu isn't overly imaginative, but everything we had was well executed and the service was excellent. Btw, I did not let Donato know I was there until after dinner. So, I would not say I got preferential treatment.

Sarafino's - Crafton - I can't remember what the corkage is, but it is BYOB only. Great pasta, as well as other dishes like crabcakes and fish specials. Pittsburgh has many Italian restaurants, but it seems they are also the most byob friendly as well.
They do not take reservations, and you may have to wait for a table as the place is small and gets real busy on weekends.
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#12 Post by Ted Erfer » March 6th, 2011, 5:30 pm

What is the corkage at Eat 'N Park [drinkers.gif]

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#13 Post by s.spewock » March 8th, 2011, 8:04 pm

Ted Erfer wrote:What is the corkage at Eat 'N Park [drinkers.gif]
$0.....Just pull of the "sideways" and pour it in your cup. [cheers.gif]
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#14 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 18th, 2012, 10:01 am

Any updates on Pittsburgh BYOBs or offsite storage? A facility on the south side looks good (STORExpress).

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#15 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » October 2nd, 2012, 5:48 pm

So far, so good. Corkage fees have been reasonable at Root 174, Spoon, Lidias's, and Cure (byob).

Tonight, I called Grand Concourse and byob is not allowed on the presumption that the liquor license won't allow it per the receptionist.

Next was Le Mont, a magical land, where corkage is based on the Captain's perception of a bottle's worth (and also whether it's a bottle on their unpublished list). Corkage starts at $30, perhaps.

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#16 Post by Tim Marman » January 29th, 2013, 5:41 pm

Arpino's Trattoria in Green Tree/Mt Lebo is BYOB - good, family-style Italian.

Cioppino is also very BYOB friendly. $15 corkage, I think, though we've become friends with Christian (somm & GM) and he usually waives it for us. We just did a PAWineTalk dinner there with 20 people, 22 wines, and no corkage. In fact, we're going for her Mom's birthday tomorrow and will be bringing wine.

For those of you in the area - hello! Let's drink some wine sometime! (I'm relatively new to the area, moved to Moon in 2011).

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#17 Post by Michael Meadows » January 29th, 2013, 5:57 pm

You know, if there's one thing that our backwards state does well, it's making it so there's a ton of really good BYOB joints. If you're in Lebo, I do like Il Burloni as well.
Tim Marman wrote:Arpino's Trattoria in Green Tree/Mt Lebo is BYOB - good, family-style Italian.

Cioppino is also very BYOB friendly. $15 corkage, I think, though we've become friends with Christian (somm & GM) and he usually waives it for us. We just did a PAWineTalk dinner there with 20 people, 22 wines, and no corkage. In fact, we're going for her Mom's birthday tomorrow and will be bringing wine.

For those of you in the area - hello! Let's drink some wine sometime! (I'm relatively new to the area, moved to Moon in 2011).

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#18 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » June 15th, 2013, 3:55 pm

Michael Meadows wrote:You know, if there's one thing that our backwards state does well, it's making it so there's a ton of really good BYOB joints. If you're in Lebo, I do like Il Burloni as well.
Tim Marman wrote:Arpino's Trattoria in Green Tree/Mt Lebo is BYOB - good, family-style Italian.

Cioppino is also very BYOB friendly. $15 corkage, I think, though we've become friends with Christian (somm & GM) and he usually waives it for us. We just did a PAWineTalk dinner there with 20 people, 22 wines, and no corkage. In fact, we're going for her Mom's birthday tomorrow and will be bringing wine.

For those of you in the area - hello! Let's drink some wine sometime! (I'm relatively new to the area, moved to Moon in 2011).
Anything new in south hills or vincinity?

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#19 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 27th, 2014, 5:53 pm

Eddie Merlot's has $25 corkage.
Cure now has a liquor license but did allow corkage.
I think Stagioni is $15.

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#20 Post by C Prince » April 10th, 2016, 7:50 pm

Any updates on the BYO situation in Pittsburgh? Saw the recent NYT article on 'foodie' Pittsburgh. Although we visit at least once a year, we haven't totally seen it but are headed there this weekend for a reunion thing and are going to try to reserve at a some of the places mentioned. Hopefully we do not have to brown bag it? [swoon.gif]
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#21 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 12th, 2016, 3:17 pm

C Prince wrote:Any updates on the BYO situation in Pittsburgh? Saw the recent NYT article on 'foodie' Pittsburgh. Although we visit at least once a year, we haven't totally seen it but are headed there this weekend for a reunion thing and are going to try to reserve at a some of the places mentioned. Hopefully we do not have to brown bag it? [swoon.gif]
Most places allow corkage but the usual rule to call first applies. I don't think Altius allows BYOB. Where are you going?

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#22 Post by C Prince » April 12th, 2016, 8:50 pm

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
C Prince wrote:Any updates on the BYO situation in Pittsburgh? Saw the recent NYT article on 'foodie' Pittsburgh. Although we visit at least once a year, we haven't totally seen it but are headed there this weekend for a reunion thing and are going to try to reserve at a some of the places mentioned. Hopefully we do not have to brown bag it? [swoon.gif]
Most places allow corkage but the usual rule to call first applies. I don't think Altius allows BYOB. Where are you going?
Good question! Got so enamored of looking through the menus that I realized that we'd probably missed the window for making easy reservations which we have. blush So looks like we will do Cure on Thursday night - I need to call them about corkage. E2 looks interesting but they don't take reservations for under 6. Meat and Potatoes has no openings. Ditto Morcilla. Friday looks like Eleven (said $20 per bottle corkage). Saturday night rez still up for grabs. Looking forward to trying out some of these places.
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#23 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 13th, 2016, 2:21 am

I assume you're bringing wine?

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#24 Post by Dave Hauser » April 13th, 2016, 6:46 am

Cure is $20 corkage, though they have a small, well-thought-out list (that seems pricey to me). They've never given me any issues on BYOB, though I always call first.

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#25 Post by C Prince » April 13th, 2016, 12:26 pm

Tom - yes! bringing wine... A selection of Oregon pinot noirs and Chardonnays...

Dave - thank you. Just confirmed with Cure that they are $20.

Possibility for Saturday night is Legume. Small place on N Craig in Oakland. Interesting menu. Has anyone eaten here? Website says $15 corkage.
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#26 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 13th, 2016, 4:50 pm

C Prince wrote:Tom - yes! bringing wine... A selection of Oregon pinot noirs and Chardonnays...

Dave - thank you. Just confirmed with Cure that they are $20.

Possibility for Saturday night is Legume. Small place on N Craig in Oakland. Interesting menu. Has anyone eaten here? Website says $15 corkage.
It's been a while since we've eaten there. We used to live closer and the menu turned more towards red meat. Looks like the menu is similar to the "old menu", we'll have to go back. They're friendly with corkage.

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#27 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » November 28th, 2017, 9:34 pm

I haven’t been to Altius in a year but they were byob then. Cant beat that view!

We just went to Butcher and the Rye this past weekend. Great food and byob. They have a small wine list but are known for whisky (rye). Capital grill and melting pot are always safe byob bets with good environment and food. I also second the alla famiglia recommendation from years ago, but take an uber.

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#28 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » December 4th, 2017, 6:44 pm

Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:I haven’t been to Altius in a year but they were byob then. Cant beat that view!

We just went to Butcher and the Rye this past weekend. Great food and byob. They have a small wine list but are known for whisky (rye). Capital grill and melting pot are always safe byob bets with good environment and food. I also second the alla famiglia recommendation from years ago, but take an uber.
You can byob at all a familia?

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#29 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » December 4th, 2017, 9:27 pm

Yes we were there this past August and we brought a few bottles.

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#30 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » January 23rd, 2018, 8:11 pm

Just BYO to Altius, which is now $35/bottle...thier wine list is just ok and 2.5-3x retail. May be our last visit there.

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#31 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » January 23rd, 2018, 8:30 pm

Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:Just BYO to Altius, which is now $35/bottle...thier wine list is just ok and 2.5-3x retail. May be our last visit there.
Thanks they started out with byob and then didn’t allow it. The markup is pretty standard for PA.

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#32 Post by Dave McIsaac » April 8th, 2018, 4:36 pm

Donato's is closing

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#33 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » July 14th, 2018, 11:06 am

Cure $20
Morcilla $25 but they seem to waive it often.

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#34 Post by Nicolas G. » September 19th, 2019, 11:24 am

Hey Everyone here is my list for favorite PGH restaurants that allow BYOB.

-Top BYOB no liq license no cork fee:
Cafe Dujour
Cafe Zinho
Cucina Vitale
Piccolo Forno
Penn Ave Fish Company
Gaucho Parilla Argentina
B52. * Favorite
Girasole (has alc but no cork fee)
Everyday Noodles
Chengdu Gourmet
Cafe 33
Multiple Thai (Noodlehead, Smiling Banana Leaf,Thai Gourmet, Senyai Kitchen, Nickys Northside)
The Columbian Spot
Choolah indian
Salem Halal
La Tavola
Enricos Cafe (has wine but no cork fee )

-BYOB with liq license with cork fee:
All of Deshantz restaurants are $20 ( meat and potatoes, butcher and rye, poulet Bleu, Tako, Fish nor fowl)
All of Big Burritto restaurants are $20 (Alta Via, Casbah, Eleven, Soba, Kaya, Umi)
Dianoias $15
Whitfield $20
Spork $20
Vandal $15 *favorite
Morcilla $25
Altius $35
Union Standard $20
Legume $15. * one of my other favorites in this category!
Spoon $20

-Places where I have brought wine and been turned down:
Ki Ramen
Soju

Hope this helps my fellow Yinzers!
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#35 Post by Dave McIsaac » September 19th, 2019, 1:27 pm

Nicolas G. wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 11:24 am
Hey Everyone here is my list for favorite PGH restaurants that allow BYOB.

-Top BYOB no liq license no cork fee:
Cafe Dujour
Cafe Zinho
Cucina Vitale
Piccolo Forno
Penn Ave Fish Company
Gaucho Parilla Argentina
B52. * Favorite
Girasole (has alc but no cork fee)
Everyday Noodles
Chengdu Gourmet
Cafe 33
Multiple Thai (Noodlehead, Smiling Banana Leaf,Thai Gourmet, Senyai Kitchen, Nickys Northside)
The Columbian Spot
Choolah indian
Salem Halal
La Tavola
Enricos Cafe (has wine but no cork fee )

-BYOB with liq license with cork fee:
All of Deshantz restaurants are $20 ( meat and potatoes, butcher and rye, poulet Bleu, Tako, Fish nor fowl)
All of Big Burritto restaurants are $20 (Alta Via, Casbah, Eleven, Soba, Kaya, Umi)
Dianoias $15
Whitfield $20
Spork $20
Vandal $15 *favorite
Morcilla $25
Altius $35
Union Standard $20
Legume $15. * one of my other favorites in this category!
Spoon $20

-Places where I have brought wine and been turned down:
Ki Ramen
Soju

Hope this helps my fellow Yinzers!
Dang Nicolas!

Other than La Tavola and the Big Burritos, I haven't eaten at any of these.

Will have to rectify that when I visit.

Have you been to Alla Famiglia?

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#36 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » September 19th, 2019, 1:50 pm

Dave McIsaac wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Nicolas G. wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 11:24 am
Hey Everyone here is my list for favorite PGH restaurants that allow BYOB.

-Top BYOB no liq license no cork fee:
Cafe Dujour
Cafe Zinho
Cucina Vitale
Piccolo Forno
Penn Ave Fish Company
Gaucho Parilla Argentina
B52. * Favorite
Girasole (has alc but no cork fee)
Everyday Noodles
Chengdu Gourmet
Cafe 33
Multiple Thai (Noodlehead, Smiling Banana Leaf,Thai Gourmet, Senyai Kitchen, Nickys Northside)
The Columbian Spot
Choolah indian
Salem Halal
La Tavola
Enricos Cafe (has wine but no cork fee )

-BYOB with liq license with cork fee:
All of Deshantz restaurants are $20 ( meat and potatoes, butcher and rye, poulet Bleu, Tako, Fish nor fowl)
All of Big Burritto restaurants are $20 (Alta Via, Casbah, Eleven, Soba, Kaya, Umi)
Dianoias $15
Whitfield $20
Spork $20
Vandal $15 *favorite
Morcilla $25
Altius $35
Union Standard $20
Legume $15. * one of my other favorites in this category!
Spoon $20

-Places where I have brought wine and been turned down:
Ki Ramen
Soju

Hope this helps my fellow Yinzers!
Dang Nicolas!

Other than La Tavola and the Big Burritos, I haven't eaten at any of these.

Will have to rectify that when I visit.

Have you been to Alla Famiglia?
I’ve been. Old school Italian that was good but didn’t live up to the hype. We ordered the special cheese pasta course prepared in a wheel of Parmigano. I’d go back but would stick to the standard pasta. I don’t recall the wine list being memorable, but of course this is Pittsburgh with all the usual PLCB constraints. Don’t know about corkage.

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#37 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » September 19th, 2019, 8:22 pm

How is La Tavola? I’m always looking for new italian restaurants.

I love Piccolo Forno. Alla Familigia is good, but way overpriced.

There is a small italian place on Painters Run road in the south hills called Claudio’s. No corkage and good food. Prices are low but cash only.

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#38 Post by Dave McIsaac » September 20th, 2019, 7:42 am

Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 8:22 pm
How is La Tavola? I’m always looking for new italian restaurants.

I love Piccolo Forno. Alla Familigia is good, but way overpriced.

There is a small italian place on Painters Run road in the south hills called Claudio’s. No corkage and good food. Prices are low but cash only.
It has been years (like 2002) since I have been to La Tavola. The motif was not awe-inspiring, but the food was very good, and inexpensive. Met Dave Lagarde (King of Hearts on the WS boards) there when he was covering the AFC Championship (we won't discuss the results [wow.gif] ) for the NO Times-Picayune. Has anyone heard from him?

It has also been years since I was at Alla Famiglia (they didn't have a liquor license at the time), and had a veal chop that was out of this world. I believe ownership has changed since that time. I believe the chef may have purchased it.

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#39 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » September 20th, 2019, 12:47 pm

South side has Stagioni and Dish Osteria. Both more casual, non-red gravy places. Stagioni does corkage, don’t know about Dish Osteria.

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#40 Post by Chr!s G|@rn3r » September 20th, 2019, 5:48 pm

Hit Bistro19 tonight in Mt Lebanon. They have a $15 corkage fee. Food was excellent. Try the Almond chicken if it’s on the menu.

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#41 Post by Andre M » September 20th, 2019, 10:18 pm

Nicolas G. wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 11:24 am
Hey Everyone here is my list for favorite PGH restaurants that allow BYOB.

-Top BYOB no liq license no cork fee:
Cafe Dujour
Cafe Zinho
Cucina Vitale
Piccolo Forno
Penn Ave Fish Company
Gaucho Parilla Argentina
B52. * Favorite
Girasole (has alc but no cork fee)
Everyday Noodles
Chengdu Gourmet
Cafe 33
Multiple Thai (Noodlehead, Smiling Banana Leaf,Thai Gourmet, Senyai Kitchen, Nickys Northside)
The Columbian Spot
Choolah indian
Salem Halal
La Tavola
Enricos Cafe (has wine but no cork fee )

-BYOB with liq license with cork fee:
All of Deshantz restaurants are $20 ( meat and potatoes, butcher and rye, poulet Bleu, Tako, Fish nor fowl)
All of Big Burritto restaurants are $20 (Alta Via, Casbah, Eleven, Soba, Kaya, Umi)
Dianoias $15
Whitfield $20
Spork $20
Vandal $15 *favorite
Morcilla $25
Altius $35
Union Standard $20
Legume $15. * one of my other favorites in this category!
Spoon $20

-Places where I have brought wine and been turned down:
Ki Ramen
Soju

Hope this helps my fellow Yinzers!
Thanks. Very helpful.
A M u l y o n o

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