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Apr 13, 2012 10:58 AM

Dinner for Two with a Vegetarian (BYOB?)

Hello Chicago Friends-

I will be in town next week and would like to go somewhere that would be great for a fish eating/vegetarian. I love HB Bistro in Chicago so any other BYOB spots would be wonderful. I am staying downtown on Michigan and would not be opposed to traveling to different neighborhoods.

Any good suggestions? I frequent Chicago often, so anything new would be fun!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. The best BYOB option in Chicago is Bonsoiree. They have both a five- and a nine-course menu. I have been there with a fish-eating vegetarian and they were great about making substitutions where warranted.

    1. Goosefoot is one of Chicago's best new restaurants and is BYOB to boot! I have not had experience with vegetarians there, but I imagine they'd be willing to accommodate with enough lead time.

      1. I have taken wine to Naha, Bistronomic, Les Nomades, Pane Caldo, MK, David Burke's Primehouse, Custom House, Boka and probably a few more I am forgetting. They aren't BYOB, they sell alcoholic beverages, but do allow corkage. As always, call first.

        I have heard great things, though I have not been, about Goosefoot and Bonsoiree.

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        1. re: HoosierFoodie

          Thanks! Anything that is a little less money? Not really looking for a tasting menu.

          1. re: chadradchad

            Green Zebra is a mostly vegetarian restaurant owned by Chef Shawn McClain. It would be heaven for a vegetarian and, as an omnivore, I wouldn't hesitate to eat there.

            1. re: chicgail

              I've been there before and loved it! Looking for something a little less expensive. It does not have to be an exclusive veggie place. Anything in Lakeview or Gold Coast would be great!

              1. re: chadradchad

                A few miles west of the Gold Coast in Wicker Park is Mana -- lovely (but tiny) restaurant that is entirely vegetarian (and with lots of vegan options). I don't know if they take reservations but even with patio seating out front, it can get packed and it couldn't hurt to call and ask.

                1. re: chadradchad

                  The BYO part is the tough one. Lots of non-BYO places will let you bring your own wine but the corkage fee tends to cancel out any BYO price advantage.

                  There are very few restaurants in Chicago (steakhouses included) that can't accommodate a fish-eater. So pick a cuisine and a price range (and maybe preferred location) and take it from there.

          2. A few sites to check...

            There's a large number and variety of BYOB places around the city offering all kinds of cuisine at a wide range of price points. If I might suggest, you might want to go through the lists above to see what appeals and then check the resto websites for cuisine and prices.

            I wish I could be more specific (I'm veg, and I visit Chi about 3 or 4 times a year) but I don't eat fish, and I usually order wine rather than bring in , but you have inspired me to think about byob, so thanks!

            1. Glenn's Diner 1820 W. Montrose is a BYOB with daily fresh fish specials (the blackboard) and also traditional diner food. Not high end by any means, but I have had some good meals there. There is a liquor store next door that has a nice selection of craft beers.