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BYOB, Free Corkage and Two Great Wines

My Dad used to listen to Frank Sinatra sing, "The Best Things In Life Are Free," lyrically glorifying the moon and the stars.  Then Janet Jackson and Luther Van Dross sang a Duet of the same title, all about the "nights" that were free.  But hey, what's better than free corkage?  And still, no song.

Here I can match you with a bunch of places that make it easy for you to bring a favorite wine along, suggest one little gem of a place that has gotten my attention and offer our resident sommelier, Daniel Deny, with his latest wine recommendations.

Daniel and Denise, aptly named for the D Blog!

A Food Affair Restaurant is hidden on a stretch of Robertson Blvd. that has absolutely no connection to the happening parts of Robertson farther north.  I've driven by it countless times on the way to the 10 Freeway and never saw it.  But oddly, the restaurant comes up often on either Open Table or Yelp as having consistently excellent food.  Why, I wondered, was a place with high marks not being blabbed about in the foodie community?  Well, aside from its lack of "hipness," it's a BYOB and that puts it at risk for staying power and is sadly a Deterrent to many Diners.  I checked it out with a friend and our food was nothing short of Divine and so was the server (probably a soon-to-be soap opera regular with a chiseled face, a buff bod and a killer smile - but I Digress).  Not expecting to review, I Didn't take my regular slew of photos but I did get this one of the Duck Leg Confit with the lentil micro green salad and plum apricot ketchup.  The moist meaty quality of the Duck was fitting for a high end restaurant and the nicely combined lentil salad was tasty and restrained to elevate the Duck.  Two appetizers, two entrees, Dessert and our own wine came in at $35 person. Seriously, the best thing in life was practically free and Decidedly Delicious.  Hope others give them a chance as odds are against these little guys Devoted to good food without pricey bars.  Check out their menu.  Just reading it makes me hungry to go back.  http://afoodaffair.com/?page_id=20