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Jul 19, 2011 09:15 AM

Best BYOBs in the City

Looking for some new byob's, not Asian though, thoughts? suggestions?

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  1. I enjoyed a recent meal at HB Home Bistro on North Halsted.

    HB Home Bistro
    3404 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

    1. Are you looking for best BYOB (per title) or new BYOB (per post body)? For Best BYOB, I would go for Bonsoiree. Besides awesome food and friendly (but still professional) services, they also have recommendations on which wines you should bring (to best pair with their menu).

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      1. re: theskinnyduck

        meant best byob, hoping to see some new names i might have missed or forgotten about, checked old posts and they were pretty old in terms of dates so seeing if the summer has brought out any new names btw Ive been to Bonsoiree, I agree, it was fantastic

        2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

      2. Are you asking about byob a place without license or places that have lists and allow corkage?

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          1. re: ajpocp

            I've byob'd at MK, Primehouse, Naha and, Boka and Tru all at different corkage prices. Les Nomades allows one btl. no corkage on Thurs., IIRC. I have also discussed corkage with Pane Caldo, Blackbird, and Spiaggia and all were o.k. with it.

            But as always, call first and I generally get the name of the person I spoke with just in case.

            1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

            Les Nomades
            222 E Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611

            980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

            500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

            Pane Caldo
            72 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

            1. re: HoosierFoodie

              You'll definitely want to ask in advance about corkage fees (which are only legal at restaurants which have a liquor license). I've heard that some places charge as much as $35 a bottle, which could come as a shock if you haven't asked ahead of time.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                When calling for confirmation I've never had the restaurant confirm the price during the phone call.

                1. re: HoosierFoodie

                  I find that surprising. Have you actually asked and they refused to tell you? Or did you only ask whether you could bring a bottle and they just answered yes or no?

                  1. re: nsxtasy

                    Wow sorry,...No, I've never had them NOT tell me the price when I've called. It seems to me that more and more places are allowing byob. Its not legal in Indiana which sucks.

                2. re: nsxtasy

                  Yeah, I agree that corkage fee can be insane. The French Laundry charges $75 per bottle.


                  1. re: theskinnyduck

                    Still, if one was going to order, for instance, a Premier Cru Burgundy that you can buy at the store for $100.00 it may be well over $175.00 on the restaurant list so it can still be a relative value. For me it really depends on the restaurant.

                    1. re: HoosierFoodie

                      Sometimes it's not even a matter of money, but rather, a matter of wanting a particular wine that a restaurant doesn't have on their list, either for its inherent qualities or because it's of sentimental value.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              thx nsxtasy...i found the first link before i posted but didnt see the second one which is much more recent

            2. Tango Sur. Argentine. Meat. Huge portions---we brought home not a doggie bag but a shopping bag.

              Tango Sur
              3763 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613