BYOB is music to my ears. “Bring your own booze” or “Bring your own bottle” Several Chicago Restaurants are BYOB, which allows you to still eat well without paying for expensive drinks. You may or may not have to pay for a corkage fee, but either way it’s cheap. Besides this, I prefer an intimate locally owned restaurant any day over a large chain restaurant.
Here is a list of BYOB’s that Mark and I frequent.
1) Cozy Noodle
This is a bright lit, fun atmosphere. It is actually better to go during lunch since I am not a fan of bright light at dinner, but either way it’s the best Thai food I have had in Chicago and super cheap. You actually feel like you robbed the place, it’s that cheap.
What we usually order: Crab Rangoon’s, Cucumber Salad, Seaweed Salad , Green Curry, Pad Khee Mao, Pad Thai
2) Butterfly Sushi
This place we takeout from more than ordering in, but either way it’s still a cute BYOB sushi place. Their Grand Ave location is the one we go to as it is close to us and newly renovated. I will gladly take more BYOB Sushi Recommendations though.
What we usually order: It really varies on what we order here. It’s whatever we feel like at the time – Seaweed Salad, Tom Yum Soup, Spicy Salmon roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Summer Maki, Various Special Maki Rolls, Spicy Crazy Noodles, Green Curry
This is our favorite Indian place. If you love Indian, do yourself a favor and check it out.
What we usually order: Gobi Manchurian, Garlic Naan, Chicken Korma, Madras Lamb Korma, and if we have guests along Chicken Tikka Masala Dessert – Mango Kulfi (really good)
I almost feel bad sending you here, since the service is the SLOWEST ever, which Mark and I like but most do not, however, the food is that good. Go when you’re in the mood to have a 2 hour + dinner and drink a bottle of wine or two. They want you to relax and talk and nothing is rushed here, I mean nothing.
What we usually get: Get Chicken with Artichokes or Lamb Brochette (Mark and I both order this since we don’t want to share it – it’s that good) Mark likes the carrot soup, I like their house salad, and all the appetizers are great. Baklava is our dessert of choice here.
5) HB or Home Bistro
It’s a really nice BYOB. It’s the most expensive of those I listed, but I think we still walk out spending around $75 for two, maybe more if we order another appetizer, but either way it’s a delicious place with a romantic lit restaurant. I prefer my food by candlelight. :) Make a reservation for sure.
What we usually order: The menu is small and it’s whatever they have in season or fresh that day. Go with an open mind that what you see online may not be available because of this. As for an appetizer, get the Dates. I don’t even like dates, and I love these. Bacon Wrapped of course :) Mark will get the Sturgeon, Pork Shank or Trout and I usually get the Mussels (I couldn’t find my latest pictures, but make sure you check HB out)
What are your favorite BYOB’s in Chicago?
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