The 2010 Chicago BYOB Restaurant Guide

by Amanda on September 17, 2010

BYOB Chicago Restaurant Guide Amanda McMillanAs the Summer months wane here in Chicago and we begin the inevitable changing of seasons it’s always important to keep yourself in the right frame of mind.  This year we have tempted your palate with Al-Fresco dining and stocked your shelf with our top reviewed wines under $10.  Now it’s time to combine our two favorite past times (drinking and eating!) into one final hurrah.

This month we are pleased to announce the return of the, “Chicago Home Partner BYOB Restaurant Guide” – (Click to Download the PDF File).  Filled with new hidden gems that we have laboriously sought out, (it’s hard work but someone has to do it!), these favorites of ours not only fill your belly but also keep money in your wallet, click here to investigate on how to get a loan.

What is a BYOB Restaurant?

BYOB is often placed on an invitation to indicate that the host will not be providing alcohol and that guests are welcome to bring their own. It is also frequently used by regular bars or restaurants which do not have licenses to serve liquor or alcoholic beverages in general.

Why are BYOB’s so popular in Chicago?

The Illinois Restaurant Association doesn’t keep a detailed record on the history of the BYOB concept in Chicago. It does acknowledge, however, that the city’s notoriously difficult-to-obtain liquor license has probably spurned the unprecedented number of BYOB’s that continue to open and operate in seemingly greater numbers than other major metropolitan areas.

Whatever the reason, the BYOB scene in Chicago isn’t just reserved for the small corner ma-and-pa restaurant.  Many outstanding establishments have allowed patrons to “bring their own” simply as a way to allow them to enjoy their favorite beverage and enjoy their culinary masterpieces without running up tremendous bar tabs.

As you’ll see from our list below, regardless of cuisine or location, we’ve got you covered… (and have even provided a little CHP insight on the menu!)  If you’re wondering about what to bring, don’t forget that last month’s “Ten Wines Under Ten Bucks” list is still available.

Bon appetite!

Thai Classic Restaurant (Thai Food – Lakeview) – 3332 N Clark St.
CHP Says – “Excellent Red Curry and some of the best Tom Yum soup around!”

Simply It (Vietnamese Food – Lincoln Park) – 2269 N Lincoln Ave.
CHP Says – “Make sure to try the pineapple calamari and coconut mango beef!”

Terragusto (Italian Food – Roscoe Village) – 1851 W Addison St.
CHP Says – ”Meals come in packages. Come hungry for homemade pasta!”

Tango Sur (Argentine Food – Lakeview) – 3763 N Southport Avenue
CHP Says – “One of my top 5’s in the city. Steak Vesuvio all the way!”

Jose’s Restaurant (Mexican Food – Wicker Park) – 806 N Winchester
CHP Says – “You’ll be amazed at the freshness of this food!”

Joy’s Noodles and Rice (Thai Food – Lakeview) – 3257 N Broadway
CHP Says – “My old standby! Green Curry with chicken and dumplings!”

Pizza Rustica (Italian Food – Wrigleyville) – 3913 N Sheridan Rd
CHP Says – “Must do the Caprese Salad and amazing brick oven pizza!”

Sushi – X (The Best Sushi! – River West) – 1136 W Chicago Ave
CHP Says – “I don’t always eat sushi, but when I do, it’s at Sushi-X!!!”

Nuevo Leon (Mexican Food – Pilsen) – 1515 W 18th Street
CHP Says – “The most authentic mexican restaurant in the city – 4 stars!”

Machu Picchu Restaurant (Peruvian Food – Lakeview) – 3856 N Ashland Ave
CHP Says – “Short and Simple… the BEST Ceviche in the city hands down!”

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