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Jun 3, 2010 05:57 AM

Please help with BYOB suggestions

Looking for suggestions for BYOB restaurants in the Rogers Park area or thereabouts. Prefer French, Italian, or Spanish cuisine in the northern suburbs. Decor isn't important, quality of the food is. Thanks in advance for your help 'hounds.

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  1. Here’s a suggestion that doesn’t fit neatly into the cuisines you’ve indicated in interest in, but which I think is worthy of consideration nonetheless.

    Masouleh Restaurant is a rare find in Chicago, a restaurant where the food is prepared by a husband/wife team that specializes in the cuisine of a section of the northern part of Iran. I’m most fond of any of the lamb entrees with pomegranates, walnuts, etc. The soups are great as is the house version of the rose-water pistachio ice cream.

    6653 N. Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60626
    Phone: (773) 262-2227

    6653 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

    1. Here's a list of BYOB restaurants in Rogers Park:

      For nearby French cuisine in the northern suburbs, go to Bistro Bordeaux, a new French bistro in downtown Evanston which is excellent. For Italian cuisine, go to Campagnola in Evanston. For Spanish - I'm assuming you mean Spanish (i.e. cuisine from Spain) rather than Mexican or other Latin American cuisine - Tapas Barcelona is in Evanston; it's okay, not great.

      815 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

      Tapas Barcelona
      1615 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

      Bistro Bordeaux
      618 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Just to clarify, while nsxtasy's specific French, Italian and Spanish recommendations are excellent restaurants, none of them is BYO.

        1. re: chicgail

          That's correct. It seemed like the OP was asking for two different things: BYOB restaurants in Rogers Park, and those national cuisines in the northern suburbs. Most French, Italian, and Spanish restaurants in the area are not BYOB.

          Here's a list of BYOB restaurants in the Evanston-Skokie area: Not on that list is Yolo, which is an excellent BYOB Mexican restaurant in Skokie. It's small and reservations are strongly recommended.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Thanks chicgail & nsxtasy. chicgail is spot on. I'm searching for BYO's in Rogers Park serving French, Italian or Spanish food. BTW nsxtasy what does OP mean? You really get around-you're very knowledgeable about Detroit & Mi as well-have you been to Redameks in New Buffalo for burgers?

            1. re: schaf1

              Rogers Park has a grand total of zero French and Spanish restaurants (BYO or otherwise), and the only Italian restaurants in Rogers Park are ones that specialize in pizza, with the possible exception of Leona's, a local chain of affordable Italian restaurants whose food is nothing special, aside from price. So there really is no answer to your question about good French, Italian, or Spanish food in Rogers Park itself. Fortunately, those foods can be found in Evanston, which is very close by (less than a mile from Rogers Park, in the case of Campagnola). And if you want to dine in Rogers Park itself, there are plenty of Mexican and Indian restaurants, some of which are excellent, and some of which are BYO. (In general, you're a lot more likely to find BYO at inexpensive restaurants, particularly those serving Asian cuisine, than the three cuisines you mention, all of which are known for their wines and whose restaurants usually have a wine list and full bar.)

              I haven't been to Redamak's. I tend to eat burgers grilled at home, and other foods in restaurants. It's been a while since I ate in that area; at that time, Jenny Drilon still had her namesake restaurant (before she closed it and went to work the kitchen at Bentwood Tavern in the Marina Grand Resort). I loved that place!

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