BYOB Recommendations From Your Favorite Pastoralites!

BYOB Recommendations From Your Favorite Pastoralites!

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Here at Pastoral, we consider ourselves very lucky to be a part of Chicago’s thriving restaurant community. There are innovative chefs, high quality local ingredients, and passionate food-lovers spread throughout our city.

For the next month, we’ll celebrate one of our favorite aspects of Chitown’s food scene – the BYOB! We’ve asked some of the city’s best tastemakers, our Pastoral staff, to offer their recommendations for top-notch BYOB destinations and their favorite wine or beer pairings to bring along . . .

RESTAURANT: BonSoiree (bonsoireechicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Logan Square
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Juve y Camps Cava, Jean Marc Bernhard Pinot Gris

“The mood, atmosphere, and skillfully crafted food offers the ultimate dining experience with an 8-course culinary excursion sure to excite any palate!” – Jill Pienta

RESTAURANT: Butterfly (butterflysushi2go.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Noble Square
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Lolmer Lois Gruner Veltliner

“In the mood for Asian? Sushi, Chinese, Thai . . . Butterfly has it all. A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with an eclectic menu to please all tastes” – Jill Pienta

RESTAURANT: Café Orchid (cafeorchid.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrigleyville
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Mas de Gourgonnier Rouge

“Seriously delicious little Turkish restaurant” – Nicole Bucci

RESTAURANT: Chilam Balam (chilambalamchicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: East Lakeview
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Cerclus Blanc, Peique Rserva Mencia

“Tapas-style take on traditional Mexican flavors with modern ingredients is the hippest kid on the block here in Lakeview. The mole is to die for!” – Cesar Olivares

RESTAURANT: Chilapan (chilapanchicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Logan Square
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Half Acre Gossamer, JP Berthenet Aligot Bourgogne

“Phenomenal Mexican located next to the Western Blue line, making for interesting, but worthwhile, ambient interludes during dinner” – Neal Cohen

RESTAURANT: Cotes du Rhone (cotesdurhonechicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Andersonville
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Domain des Moirots Bougogne Rouge

- Stephanie Houghton

RESTAURANT: Gosu (gosurestaurant.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Logan Square
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: La Chouffe, Pranqster

“Great traditional and fusion Japanese/Korean food by a mother/son team. The rolls are awesome!” – Shockey Funke

RESTAURANT: Han 202 (han202.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Bridgeport
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: St Gregory Pinot Noir, Jean Marc Bernhard Gewurtztraminer, Herdade do Esporao

“Bridgeportians, rejoice! We have our very own Bib Gourmand BYO! Shockingly inexpensive, multi-course Asian fusion prix fixe” – Jill Pienta & Kelly Fallon-Wilson

RESTAURANT: Hiro’s Cafe
NEIGHBORHOOD: East Lakeview
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Bear Republic Racer 5, El Hada Verdejo Viura

“Really affordable, great tasting sushi. A favorite with the Broadway staff – say ‘hi’ to Hiro for us!” – Greg Ellis

RESTAURANT: Mixteco Grill
NEIGHBORHOOD: Ravenswood
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Herdade do Esporao Defesa, El Hada Verdejo Viura, Monte Velho Alentejo Blanco

“Some of the best fish tacos I have had in Chicago, and don’t get me started on the moles.” – David Buchanan

RESTAURANT: Nuevo Leone (nuevoleonrestaurant.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Pilsen
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Ksana Bonarda, Hedges CMS, Stephen Vincent Crimson

“This homegrown Mexican restaurant with an extensive menu is ideal if you want authentic Mexican dishes at an honest price” – Jill Pienta

RESTAURANT: Ruxbin (ruxbinchicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Noble Square
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Herdade do Esporao Defesa, Sean Thackery Pleiades XIX

“Slightly upscale, slightly Asian, but toally delicious neighborhood spot.” – Lisa Futterman

RESTAURANT: Smoque (smoquebbq.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Old Irving Park
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Flossmoor IPA, Saison Dupont, Daisy Cutter, Acustic Red

“Great BBQ at a good price” – Shockey Funke

RESTAURANT: Sticky Rice (stickyricethai.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Irving Park
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Inama Soave, Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner

“By far the most authentic Northern Thai in the city” – Lisa Futterman

RESTAURANT: Tango Sur (tangosurchicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrigleyville
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Los Heroldos Malbec, Peique Reserva Mencia

“Hearty Argentinean steak place – I highly recommend the empanadas.” – Stephanie Houghton

RESTAURANT: Tanoshii
NEIGHBORHOOD: Andersonville
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Xarmant Txakoli, Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner, Death Door vodka or gin

“Chef Mike puts a creative twist on sushi; also, try the Japanese guacamole!” – Kandace Cantrell

RESTAURANT: The Elephant (theelephantthai.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Edgebrook
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Skyleaf Reisling, Daisy Cutter

“Delicious, fresh, authentic Thai cuisine. Have the chive dumpling and red curry.” – Lucy Butka

RESTAURANT: Tre Kronor (trekronorrestaurant.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Albany Park
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Juve y Camps Cava (for brunch), Brasserie Achouffe McChouffe, Chasing Lions Napa Valley Red

“Swedish food worth the trip off the beaten path. Stellar brunch menu!” – Lucy Butka

RESTAURANT: Urban Belly (urbanbellychicago.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Logan Square
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Chateau Lestrille Entre Deux Mers, L. Mawby Blanc de Blanc

“Oh, man. This place makes me want to move to southeast Asia and eat noodles every day for the rest of my life. I’ll settle for Urban Belly, for now.” – Kelly Fallon-Wilson

*** Making a beer or wine purchase? Grab a BYOB Chicago book to go with it! It’s 10% off with any beer or wine purchase from 3/15 – 4/15. Get out and BYOB! ***