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CHICAGO BYOB RESTAURANTS

Get a crash course on how to save while dining out in Chicago at a BYOB restaurant.

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Dine out and save at a BYOB Chicago restaurant. The term "BYOB" meaning Bring Your Own Bottle or Bring Your Own Beer for those unfamiliar. Many Chicago restaurants just serve food, and don't serve alcohol. When there is no bar, the restaurant doesn't usually charge a corkage fee for bringing in outside wine or beer. Of course, check the website or call in advance to confirm before you get your booze on. 

These Chicago BYOBs are very affordable neighborhood picks where a complete meal can be complemented with drinks of your choice. Here are five Chicago BYOB restaurants to try:

1

Local favorite Tango Sur, an Argentine steakhouse in Lakeview, is big on portions and small on price. Choose a juicy steak or go with the traditional parrillada, a mixed grill with short ribs, beef sweetbread and black sausage. 3763 N. Southport Avenue, (773) 477-5466

 

2

A former coffee house, Pizza Art Café in Lincoln Square added a wood-fired brick oven and now serves pizza, salads and even roasted octopus. 4658 N. Rockwell Street, (773) 539-0645

 

3

Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant Han 202 in Bridgeport offers a five-course prix-fixe Asian fusion dinner for a very reasonable price. Duck Confit Salad, Shanghai Dumplings, Red Snapper AND Chocolate Souffle in one sitting? Yes, and that only gets better when enjoyed between sips of your favorite new wine. 605 W. 31st Street, (312) 949-1314

 

4

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood off the beaten path, Smoque BBQ in Irving Park is all about barbecue and doing it well. The small menu includes pulled pork, brisket, Texas sausage and ribs. 3800 N. Pulaski Road, (773) 545-7427

 

5

Hipster hotspot West Town's Ruxbin is a hodgepodge of vintage, refurbished and salvaged décor where chefs employ classic and modern cooking techniques to create global cuisine. 851 N. Ashland Avenue, (312) 624-8509

 

6

If sushi is what you desire, then fresh Hamachi, Ebi and Maguro is what you can find at Coast Sushi. Nigiri and Sashimi are simply delicious here, and the Signature Maki (with names like Firecracker and White Dragon) add to the fun at this perennially-busy Bucktown favorite. 2045 N. Damen Avenue (773) 235-5775

 

7

A slice of Havana becomes even more real when your Ropa Vieja is paired with a chilled carafe of sangria. Take things up a notch at 90 Miles to Cuba in Logan Square where if you bring wine, they will mix you sangria, and if you bring rum, they make mojitos! 2540 W. Armitage Avenue, (773) 227-2822


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