BYO (bring your own booze, beer or wine) is one of those great restaurant qualities that I try to look for when dining out. It’s cheaper (usually), much more casual and a great place to dine with groups. Chicago has an abundance of BYO options ranging from casual to upscale dining, so I have rounded up a list of my favorite spots throughout the city. If you have any favorites I should try, send suggestions my way!
Sushi Mon – Located in Lincoln Park, this BYO sushi restaurant has a wide variety of sushi rolls, sushi bowls, pressed sushi and an impressive list of veggie rolls. My personal favorites are the Godzilla, V6 and Sparking rolls (see all three below). They recently expanded from one tiny room to now a much bigger space. The service is friendly, prices are great and no corkage fee. Go check it out and tell them I sent you 🙂
Sushi Mon: 2441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
90 Miles Cuban Cafe– My family has been coming to 90 Miles for years now for their traditional Cuban cuisine. We have celebrated graduations, anniversaries and birthdays here. It is huge, has an outdoor seating and the decor all make for a fun dining atmosphere. The empanadas and ropa vieja are not to be missed, some of the best I have ever had (sorry mother-in-law!)
The service is top-notch, especially since there are many large groups at time. They take reservations and it is definitely recommended. In addition to being BYOB, they have a sangria and mojito mix, so bring wine or rum they will make you a cocktail. There are a few locations in the city. To find out more information, click here.
1. 3333 W Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
2. 3101 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
3. 2540 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Home Bistro Chicago– The first time I dined at the cozy and quaint Home Bistro, was on a date (with my now husband years ago) when we first started dating. I just went recently with my girlfriends for a girls night and it’s a classic. I had angel hair pasta with shrimp and we shared the shishito peppers. All so good. Located in Lakeview, with a constant changing New American menu, along with no corkage fee, this is the ideal date night spot. They have an option for a prix fix on Wednesdays and Sunday brunch. For parties of 7 of more, they have a family style prix fixed menu at $45/person. They take reservations and are highly recommended.
Home Bistro Chicago: 3404 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Caro Miro- For our very first Valentine’s Day (almost 8 years ago…), we came to the Italian BYO Caro Miro and have gone several times since. Located in Ravenswood, this cozy, neighborhood spot has homemade pastas with huge portions, big enough to share. The pesto filled gnocchi is the best and chicken parmesan is also another favorite. There is not a corkage fee, but if you plan on sharing entrees, there is a $4 sharing fee. They recently expanded their dining room and take parties to up to 80 people now. Reservations are taken for parties of 4 or more. Bring your appetite and a bottle or two for some delicious Italian food.
Caro Miro: 1833 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Semiramis- This Lebanese restaurant is intimate, welcoming and the food is fantastic. I love the mixed grilled platter, falafel, and hummus are delicious. There is plenty of street parking, but it is located right off the Kedzie Brown Line stop. There is a corkage fee and don’t take reservations, but so worth the wait. Promise.
Semiramis: 639 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
There are plenty of BYO restaurants to choose from in Chicago and a little something for everyone. What are you favorites? Now get those appetites and bottles poppin’. 🙂
Until next time…