Next time someone sneers there's no menu ambition to be had in the suburbs, steer him to Lansdowne. (You can also put him on a Media-Elwyn train, for that matter.)
NoBL, a Mediterranean small-plate BYO from Stephen Wagner at the nearby Sycamore, opened Tuesday (6/26) in a long-ago hardware store at 24 N. Lansdowne Ave. It's a block off Baltimore Avenue - north, to be exact - which explains the NoBL name.
The early crowds tell good things about British-born Sam Jacobson's menu, particularly moussaka; mussels with garlic and chorizo broth; papparadelle with chicken livers; grilled octopus; grilled artichokes; and 10-inch grilled pizzas.
Beneath the 20-foot ceilings are an assortment of seating arrangements, including a chef's counter with high chairs; dining tables encased in a wood-and-glass frame; and a private table in the back set against a twinkly-lighted back wall.
Keep in mind that it is a BYO. Wagner suggests toting vodka, gin or light rum to be stirred into a housemade mixer ($10 a liter). The current mixer is fizzy basil lemonade.
It's open daily at 5 p.m. and closes at 10 during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday.