The song “Manic Monday” confused me as a child. Not knowing yet what the word “manic” meant, I figured it meant loathsome, boring, or otherwise oppressive. After all, most of what I knew about Mondays (and our culture’s dislike for them) came from Garfield cartoons hung in every office, hallway, waiting room, and kitchen. And since Garfield only ever slept and ate, it was difficult to tell why Monday (for him) was different than any other day. And if it was cartoonist Jim Davis trying to speak through Garfield, that also made little sense. After all, isn’t a daily comics artist’s biggest day of the week Sunday? Monday should be Davis’ Saturday. Now, years later, I understand what the Bangles (or Prince, who actually wrote the song) were talking about. Monday means back to work, running around, the daily grind—ah, Manic Monday.
So then, WWGD? Well, Garfield would most likely stay in bed and eat lasagna. But since most of us fancy ourselves slightly more sophisticated than that, we’ll opt for something just as relaxing, comforting, and delicious—but with class. If you haven’t been to Corner BYOB (one of Hampden’s new-ish restaurants) their weekly Prix Fixe Mondays are an awesome way to dive in, while taking the night off from preparing dinner yourself. For just $25 you get 3 courses created by chef Bernard Dehaene. Though they describe their food as “continental comfort food” and “refined peasant fare,” those phrases hardly do this place justice (please see photo of crab above, and try to think of the last time you saw a peasant eating something that looked like that). Do yourself a favor; pick up a bottle of your favorite wine (it really is BYOB), call ahead for reservations, and enjoy one of Corner’s Monday delights.
Corner BYOB is located at 850 W. 36th Street in Baltimore. For more information, visit www.cornerbyob.com.