Slideshow: Staff Picks: What's Your Favorite BYOB Restaurant in Chicago?

Coast Sushi
Coast Sushi

[Photograph: Chelsea Ross]

"Finding a place to wine and dine in Chicago isn't very difficult. There are plenty of places that allow you to BYOB; but does this option also offer a satisfying meal while sipping through a bottle or two of wine? Coast Sushi in Bucktown has a wide range of beautiful signature Maki dishes. From the light and sweet Ceviche Maki ($11) to the Volcano Maki ($13) that is packed with heat and a ton of fresh tuna, you'll probably find yourself ordering one maki after the next. The menu is fairly priced and the quality is just as good as the quantity. Enjoy with your favorite, self-provided booze of choice." Chelsea Ross

Coast Sushi, 2045 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, 60647 (map); 773-235-5775; coastsushi.net

Honey 1 BBQ
Honey 1 BBQ

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

"My favorite BYOBs are the unexpected ones—the kind of places where it almost feels almost illegal to drink, but the owners have decided to look the other way. I don't know where this comes from, or why I get such a thrill from it, but nothing makes me happier than picking up a tall boy at Danny's Liquors on Western Avenue, before heading across the street to Honey 1 BBQ for a meaty platter of rib tips and hot links. Once inside, you can discard the brown paper bags, and get to business. Personally, I prefer a crisp Pilsner, but that's just me. Just don't look for an ice bucket to keep your drinks cold, though the staff does have a can opener if you so require." Nick Kindelsperger

Honey 1 BBQ, 2241 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-227-5130; honey1bbq.net

Rainbow Cuisine
Rainbow Cuisine

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

"My pick is a little bit of a cop out, but in my defense, I hardly ever remember to take advantage of our city's generous BYOB policies. My loss. Anyway, when I do remember to B my own B, it is usually to a small Asian restaurant, most likely Thai. Think Thai Aree, Spoon Thai, and now Rainbow Cuisine. I can't think of any better pair to the spicy, sour food than an ice cold German lager. Or Riesling. Or sparkling wine. On second thought, maybe I should start planning ahead to make up for lost boozy time..." Joe Roy

Thai Aree House, 3592 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL (map); 773-725-6751

Cho Sun Ok
Cho Sun Ok

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

"Oh man, being the cheap bastard I am, BYOs are something I'm maybe overly familiar with. And there are so many good ones in so many cuisines, it's hard to choose. Now two of my favorite things are beer and BBQ, but oddly enough, I don't enjoy them together. So this rules out Smoque and Honey 1 for me. Mixteco Grill, Tank Noodle, and Taste of Peru are all old favorites and new fave Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill is great. But I'm going to go with Cho Sun Ok in North Center. Cozy yet bustling, the place pulsates to the beat of a sizzling bul-go-gi soundtrack. The meat is definitely the star, but there are veggie options like bibimbop, and the myriad banchan are fun to share over a cold beer or soju." Josh Conley

Cho Sun Ok, 4200 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 (map); 773-549-5555; chosunokrestaurant.com‎

Smoque BBQ
Smoque BBQ

[Photograph: James Boo]

"My favorite BYOB place is Smoque. You've got to have some oat soda with your smoky, delicious, brisket, right? That way you can be your own cicerone, pairing a cold, crisp, IPA with a slab of ribs, or you can be me and play sommelier, pounding down an entire box of Franzia in front of a horrified group of strangers and children. I don't recommend the latter in any situation (well, maybe), but hey, that's what BYOB is about—you're allowed to make your own pairings, and plus, you're not paying an arm and a leg for your fermented adult beverage of choice. And let's be serious: barbecue rules." Dennis Lee

Smoque BBQ, 3800 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60641 ( map); 773-545-7427; smoquebbq.com‎

Schwa
Schwa

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"I'm totally going to cheat and pick another place. While Honey 1 BBQ may be my favorite BYOB experience, the best BYOB restaurant I've ever been to is Schwa. Hell, it's probably my favorite fine dining restaurant, period. Just mentioning this restaurant in my company usually leads me to a ten minute soliloquy, but I'll try to keep this to the point: While the atmosphere is as chaotic and crazed as chef Michael Carlson's scraggly beard, the food on the plate is pristine and exact. But unlike other teaser-constructed tasting menus, the food remains soulful and, more importantly, playful. Nick Kindelsperger

Schwa Restaurant, 1466 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 (map); 773-252-1466; schwarestaurant.com‎

Sushi Para M
Sushi Para M

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"The beauty of BYOB-ing at Sushi Para M goes beyond the fact that you can bring your own booze. It even goes beyond their $20 all-you-can-eat special with unlimited sushi (that you have to eat all of, or pay for what's leftover). While many BYOB places prohibit bringing straight up liquor in to pair with your meal, I guarantee you can do it here. They won't care if you bring in a bottle of whiskey (with or without a mixer), and the moment your massive platter of sushi arrives after three whiskey drinks is pure joy. Oh yeah, and the sushi is pretty damn good." Molly Durham

Sushi Para M, 1633 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (map); 773-252-6828; sushiparachicago.com