No longer just the abbreviation for your favorite neighborhood in The Wire (um, hello, it's where Bodie bought the gangsta flower arrangement for D's funeral!!), NoBL's also a new Medi-taurant from the Sycamore folks opening along Baltimore Ave, and sporting a swank, twinkly-lit back dining room that counters a front of rustic tables and old windows used for
SkiFree! wall decoration. Prepare to enjoy: Not-Meats!: Veggie combos count grilled artichokes (w/ lemon vinaigrette & mint), and pickled-beet-and-truffle-stuffed deviled eggs (eggs are vegetables now... stop asking questions!), while seafood jawns include half-shelled oysters w/ Sriracha-lime cocktail sauce, brown-butter skate, and pan-fried sardines w/ chili-oregano crust. Meats!: There's duck confit sauced in blueberry & mint, grilled beef tongue in Italian sweet & sour, and gnocchi w/ lamb ragu, plus a quartet of pizzas that includes a wild mushroom pie (w/ taleggio, egg & truffle), and a prosciutto-topped job w/ mozz & wild boar sausage -- fail to chew it properly and you'll probably end up spitting mad game. Your Own Booze!: NoBL's BYO, so be sure to do that with gin, vodka, or light rum to fill NoBL's pitchers of fruit juice & herb-filled cocktail mixers that you'll want to devour faster than a totally cheating, 16-bit abominable snow monster.