RFT: Balabans Voted Best Wine List17-Apr-2014
What were Francophiles to do when Balaban’s, the 37-year-old Central West End landmark closed? Thankfully, the beloved bistro carries on in Chesterfield as a restaurant and gourmet market. However, it’s the wine program at Balaban’s that makes it stand out from the crowd.
Unlike most restaurants, which often charge a substantial markup for the privilege of enjoying wine service in their dining rooms, Balaban’s allows patrons to peruse its enormous (more than 650 choices) selection before tacking on a meager $8 corkage fee and letting the vino flow. The result is a quality wine selection with accessibility — more than 200 bottles can be purchased for less than $20.