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Have lots of wine...need new BYOB ideas...

jn2001 Jul 9, 2009 07:50 PM

I just got married and I have a ton of wine leftover from the wedding! Because I've been preoccupied with wedding planning, I've been a bit out of the loop on any new BYOB's that might have opened this summer! Any suggestions would be helpful, even better if it's close to Old Town or near an el stop!

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    ms. chow RE: jn2001 Jul 10, 2009 06:28 AM

    Mado would be an excellent place. Hard to believe that they have been opened a year now. Just heard Sepia is waiving corkage fee at the bar on Sundays. Might be a good excuse to check out the new menu by new chef Andrew Zimmerman.

    Mado Restaurant
    1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    123 North Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

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      lothar RE: jn2001 Jul 14, 2009 07:29 AM

      Joy's Noodles on Broadway is a great Thai restaurant that is BYOB. It is very reasonably priced and has outdoor seating on the sidewalk and a nice porch in back. Very tasty.
      Also, try Matsu Yama, it is above average sushi one block West from the Belmont stop. Never really gets crowded so you can spend some time eating and drinking there.

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        mmilanam RE: jn2001 Jul 15, 2009 10:39 AM

        I don't know of any in Old Town, but here are some favorites of mine:
        Thai Classic on Clark, near Buckingham is great Thai food.
        Toro Sushi on Clark, near Wrightwood is my favorite casual sushi.
        Tango Sur on Southport, north of Addison is South American/steaks.
        Think is a wonderful option but isn't close to the El.
        Izumi Sushi is another option (BYO Wine only, they sell beer and saki)
        Terragusto is very good Italian and they now have two locations close to the El.

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          sarahpachy RE: jn2001 Jul 27, 2009 01:08 PM

          You should check out www.GoBYO.com. It is a comprehensive database that lists BYO restaurants in Chicago and other cities as well. Happy drinking!

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            kstroble RE: jn2001 Jul 27, 2009 08:17 PM

            We had a very nice dinner on Saturday at Home Bistro. Nice people, creative menu, delicious food, reasonable prices and no corkage.

            3404 N. Halsted in the previous site of Hearty Boys.


            1. chicgail RE: jn2001 Jul 27, 2009 08:45 PM


              2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

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                rallykate RE: jn2001 Jul 28, 2009 11:17 AM

                This isn't in Old Town (which I just moved from!) but it is directly off a brown line stop - literally only a few steps away - at Rockwell. Pizza Art Cafe. It's a fabulous little place with outdoor seating on the sidewalk. It's usually hard to get seating out there unless you arrive when their dinner shift starts at 4:30 (closed Mondays). Indoor seating was plentiful when I went during the week and it never looks too crowded on a weekend (I pass it everyday).


                I just ate there my first time this past weekend and it was amazing, and a quaint spot - perfect for you and your new husband or even a fun girls night out. I highly recommend it - and I would definitely try Jasmin's Brushette. It's a great summer app, even though it's a dough/bread base it's very light along with the brushette tomatoes and feta. Loved it!

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