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#451 Post by David K o l i n » July 25th, 2018, 10:21 am

Thanks, Gents. I’ve enjoyed the dim sum there, but never thought of packing in.

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#452 Post by Corey N. » July 26th, 2018, 4:24 am

David K o l i n wrote:Thanks, Gents. I’ve enjoyed the dim sum there, but never thought of packing in.
Most places in Chinatown will let you BYO.

We usually go to Tang’s Garden (where we went with Todd one evening) for dim sum, but Dolo is solid as is Triple Crown. Cai is probably my favorite but not a fan of the crowds. Have BYOd in all but Triple Crown (never tried).
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#453 Post by Corey N. » August 23rd, 2018, 4:11 pm

Looks like I’ll be crossing Canto Regio off my list, which is a shame.

A post on Facebook, reported in eater, accuses the owner (himself an immigrant) of hiring illegal immigrants and then taking advantage of them because he knows that they would be afraid to make a report. Anyhow, the owner apparently beat up an employee and has been arrested.

https://chicago.eater.com/2018/8/23/177 ... %20Beating
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#454 Post by John Danza » August 24th, 2018, 12:01 pm

Corey N. wrote:
August 23rd, 2018, 4:11 pm
Looks like I’ll be crossing Canto Regio off my list, which is a shame.

A post on Facebook, reported in eater, accuses the owner (himself an immigrant) of hiring illegal immigrants and then taking advantage of them because he knows that they would be afraid to make a report. Anyhow, the owner apparently beat up an employee and has been arrested.

https://chicago.eater.com/2018/8/23/177 ... %20Beating
That really blows. The fact that he hires illegals is enough for me to scratch Canton Regio off my personal list. It's a federal crime. Now that it appears that he takes advantage of them to boot is doubly bad. Unfortunately, that's a very common treatment of illegals by employers.
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#455 Post by George Hejna » August 25th, 2018, 4:23 pm

If you don't want to eat in any restaurants that hire illegals then you should probably just stay at home.

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#456 Post by Corey N. » August 25th, 2018, 5:27 pm

George Hejna wrote:
August 25th, 2018, 4:23 pm
If you don't want to eat in any restaurants that hire illegals then you should probably just stay at home.

George
I think it’s quite a bit more than that. The accusation was he took advantage of their immigration status and physically beat someone.

I won’t be going back.
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#457 Post by John Danza » August 25th, 2018, 8:47 pm

George Hejna wrote:
August 25th, 2018, 4:23 pm
If you don't want to eat in any restaurants that hire illegals then you should probably just stay at home.

George
No, the business owners should go to jail.
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#458 Post by Keith A k e r s » October 11th, 2018, 7:46 am

I have two new ones to add:

Duck Inn
2701 S Eleanor
Reidel O stems
$25 corkage
(312) 724-8811
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Passerotto
5420 N Clark Ave
Reidel O Stems
$15 corkage
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#459 Post by Michael Klein » October 11th, 2018, 7:59 am

I guess worth noting is Entente - I am going there tomorrow night, but spoke to them yesterday about corkage. $30/btl with a 2 btl limit.

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#460 Post by Paul Miller » October 11th, 2018, 8:35 am

Need to remove Bistro Compagne from the list. They've been gone awhile.

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#461 Post by David K o l i n » October 11th, 2018, 9:42 am

Paul Miller wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 8:35 am
Need to remove Bistro Compagne from the list. They've been gone awhile.
Chef Michael died a while ago, but I'm pretty sure they are still open

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#462 Post by Paul Miller » October 11th, 2018, 11:32 am

David K o l i n wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 9:42 am
Paul Miller wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 8:35 am
Need to remove Bistro Compagne from the list. They've been gone awhile.
Chef Michael died a while ago, but I'm pretty sure they are still open
Sorry. I was thinking of another restaurant. Brain fart.

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#463 Post by Mike Lindauer » October 11th, 2018, 1:05 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 9:42 am
Paul Miller wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 8:35 am
Need to remove Bistro Compagne from the list. They've been gone awhile.
Chef Michael died a while ago, but I'm pretty sure they are still open
Ate there a few months ago. I don't remember the corkage fee, but stems were good and our server was knowledgeable.

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#464 Post by John Danza » October 12th, 2018, 10:58 am

Keith A k e r s wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 7:46 am
I have two new ones to add:

Duck Inn
2701 S Eleanor
Reidel O stems
$25 corkage
(312) 724-8811
website


Passerotto
5420 N Clark Ave
Reidel O Stems
$15 corkage
website
Thanks Keith. I've put them on the list.
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#465 Post by Paul Miller » November 10th, 2018, 2:47 pm

Not really sure where to post this, but the place is kind of a BYOB, but has anybody heard of Birch Road Cellar? There is one on Armitage. Appears to be a "private club" where you can store some wine, and then go there and drink it.

https://www.birchroadcellar.com/

Wondering if anyone here in Chicago on this board have any experience with the place.

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#466 Post by Matt Fleming » November 11th, 2018, 8:28 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
November 10th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Not really sure where to post this, but the place is kind of a BYOB, but has anybody heard of Birch Road Cellar? There is one on Armitage. Appears to be a "private club" where you can store some wine, and then go there and drink it.

https://www.birchroadcellar.com/

Wondering if anyone here in Chicago on this board have any experience with the place.
Pretty sure that is where Kubrick filmed Sydney Pollack's scenes in Eyes Wide Shut.

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#467 Post by Phil Smith » November 12th, 2018, 3:07 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
November 10th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Not really sure where to post this, but the place is kind of a BYOB, but has anybody heard of Birch Road Cellar? There is one on Armitage. Appears to be a "private club" where you can store some wine, and then go there and drink it.

https://www.birchroadcellar.com/

Wondering if anyone here in Chicago on this board have any experience with the place.
I'm a member, though not a particularly active one. There's one in Roscoe Village as well, and you pretty much have it right. Think of it as a BYO bar with small (~18-20 bottle) lockers for whatever booze you keep on site. They have mixers and such available. I wouldn't say it's so wine-centric... I'm at least as likely to see people with beers or cocktails there, and get the feeling that a lot of people use it (and particularly the larger Lincoln Park location) as more of a meeting/co-working space in addition to entertaining. They do have some events and tasting groups and such.

Happy to answer any questions or arrange an introduction to the owners if you're at all interested.

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#468 Post by Paul Miller » November 29th, 2018, 2:31 pm

Butcher & The Burger
(it's a high-end burger joint)
1021 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
BYOB. No corkage; but lousy glassware.
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#469 Post by John Danza » November 30th, 2018, 1:29 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Butcher & The Burger
(it's a high-end burger joint)
1021 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
BYOB. No corkage; but lousy glassware.
butcherandtheburger.com/
Thanks Paul. The photos look yummy. I've added it to the list.
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#470 Post by Doug Sher » December 9th, 2018, 8:46 pm

I've been to Jade Court three times in the last month and have really enjoyed it. The two course service of Peking Duck is very good. I have also enjoyed the beef in XO, pork belly over pickled greens, whole pike and a number of other dishes. The stems are borderline acceptable (I still bring my own) and corkage is free. Dishes probably cost a bit more than some other Chinese places but overall are worth it.

I'll be back soon.

Jade Court
626 S. Racine
Chicago, IL. 60607
312-929-4828

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#471 Post by John Danza » December 10th, 2018, 9:29 am

Doug Sher wrote:
December 9th, 2018, 8:46 pm
I've been to Jade Court three times in the last month and have really enjoyed it. The two course service of Peking Duck is very good. I have also enjoyed the beef in XO, pork belly over pickled greens, whole pike and a number of other dishes. The stems are borderline acceptable (I still bring my own) and corkage is free. Dishes probably cost a bit more than some other Chinese places but overall are worth it.

I'll be back soon.

Jade Court
626 S. Racine
Chicago, IL. 60607
312-929-4828
Added to the list.
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#472 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » December 15th, 2018, 6:34 pm

Doug Sher wrote:
December 9th, 2018, 8:46 pm
I've been to Jade Court three times in the last month and have really enjoyed it. The two course service of Peking Duck is very good. I have also enjoyed the beef in XO, pork belly over pickled greens, whole pike and a number of other dishes. The stems are borderline acceptable (I still bring my own) and corkage is free. Dishes probably cost a bit more than some other Chinese places but overall are worth it.

I'll be back soon.

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Chicago, IL. 60607
312-929-4828
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#473 Post by John Danza » December 30th, 2018, 3:36 am

I just added Mordecai in the Hotel Zachary to the list. It's across from Wrigley Field. I wouldn't normally list a place with $25 corkage as a BYOB place, but the food is excellent and they were really accommodating, so I wanted to make you aware of it.

I think they're accommodating because the wine list is so anemic (under 15 selections total) and generally filled with crap that it almost seems like an afterthought. They're really a cocktail and sports place. But the stems are excellent, and when I asked about a limitation on number of bottles, they said "no, bring a case if you want".
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#474 Post by Michael_H » December 31st, 2018, 9:53 am

Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice
Nice stems
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
bavettessteakhouse.com
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#475 Post by John Danza » January 2nd, 2019, 11:11 am

Michael_H wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 9:53 am
Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice
Nice stems
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
bavettessteakhouse.com
Welcome to the board Michael! I've made both updates. Thanks for the info.
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#476 Post by Keith A k e r s » January 5th, 2019, 6:35 am

I wanted to add in an update on Cellar Door Provisions. They are now $20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine a few doors down

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#477 Post by John Danza » January 6th, 2019, 7:42 pm

Keith A k e r s wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 6:35 am
I wanted to add in an update on Cellar Door Provisions. They are now $20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine a few doors down
I've updated the entry Keith. Seems pretty steep for a place with such a limited menu. How is the food?
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#478 Post by Doug Sher » January 8th, 2019, 7:27 am

Michael_H wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 9:53 am
Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice
Nice stems
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
bavettessteakhouse.com
I believe there is a limit of 1 bottle for every two people at your table, for what it's worth.

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#479 Post by Michael_H » January 8th, 2019, 7:33 am

Doug Sher wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 7:27 am
Michael_H wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 9:53 am
Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice
Nice stems
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
bavettessteakhouse.com
I believe there is a limit of 1 bottle for every two people at your table, for what it's worth.
Doug, that sounds right to me. I've always just gone with my wife and a single bottle. They have fantastic cocktails that we typically start and end the meal with so 1 bottle has always been enough for us.
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#480 Post by Keith A k e r s » January 8th, 2019, 8:09 am

John Danza wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Keith A k e r s wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 6:35 am
I wanted to add in an update on Cellar Door Provisions. They are now $20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine a few doors down
I've updated the entry Keith. Seems pretty steep for a place with such a limited menu. How is the food?

I thought the food was fantastic. This was a more root veg-heavy menu, so that wasn't entirely my thing, but I was still really impressed with what they had

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#481 Post by John Danza » January 8th, 2019, 9:50 am

Doug Sher wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 7:27 am
Michael_H wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 9:53 am
Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer.

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice
Nice stems
218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
bavettessteakhouse.com
I believe there is a limit of 1 bottle for every two people at your table, for what it's worth.
Hmmm... one bottle per two people, and you have to give up a glass to another table. Really cuts down what you have to drink.
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#482 Post by J. D'Antonio » January 8th, 2019, 2:24 pm

Did that change at Bavette's recently? I've been there several times over the years and not had the bottle limit. It has been about 1.5 years since I've been there, however.
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#483 Post by Keith A k e r s » January 8th, 2019, 4:32 pm

J. D'Antonio wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Did that change at Bavette's recently? I've been there several times over the years and not had the bottle limit. It has been about 1.5 years since I've been there, however.
It's been that way at all Hogsalt restaurants for a while. It was maybe 2013 or 2014 when some friends and I went into Maude's to do a dinner and we were informed about the policy change. I think it's up to the discretion of the server, but I haven't spent much time in a Hogsalt spot since then sadly

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#484 Post by J. D'Antonio » January 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm

Good to know, thanks. Maybe sharing with the server as well got them to look the other way!
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#485 Post by John Danza » January 9th, 2019, 6:38 am

J. D'Antonio wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Good to know, thanks. Maybe sharing with the server as well got them to look the other way!
Or just go somewhere else without a crazy policy like that. [cheers.gif]
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#486 Post by J. D'Antonio » January 10th, 2019, 5:21 am

Trust me, I have. So many fantastic places to eat in your city.
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#487 Post by Paul Miller » January 13th, 2019, 2:24 pm

We went to Old Town Folk School the other night to see Isabella Rossellini. Up the street, and across is Luella's Southern Kitchen. It's southern/creole, and it's BYOB. Simple place, but great food, and relatively cheap. It made the Michelin Guide. They have some simple, stemless wine glasses and a corkscrew. Again, good food and BYOB if you're up in that area.

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4609 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 961-8196
BYOB. No corkage. Generic, stemless wine glasses.
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#488 Post by Paul Miller » January 13th, 2019, 2:34 pm

Another place I'm surprised is not in our list, is Sun Wah BBQ, Chinese restaurant. Another Michelin guide place. Popular with foodies and wine geeks. Known for their Peking Duck. HUGE menu. Went with two other couples. Ordered ONE order of the Peking Duck, and it is a HUGE serving. First they bring the duck, chop if up, and it includes buns. Then they take away the carcass, and come back with soup and duck-fried rice. The Peking Duck is a must, just understand it's a lot of food, so great to share, or more than enough food for a couple. We also ordered a few other items that were all good.

It's technically not BYOB, although everyone talks like it is. They do have a bar, but you can bring wine. $10/bottle corkage. Them seemed aggravated we did not bring a corkscrew. Glasses were generic.

Highly recommend the place. With duck, corkage, and extra food, it was still only about $50/couple. Definitely call well ahead for reservations, as it can get slammed.

Sun Wah BBQ (Chinese)
5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1254
They do have a bar, but $10 corkage per bottle. Basic glasses.
http://sunwahbbq.com/

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#489 Post by John Danza » June 3rd, 2019, 11:49 am

Hello all,

I've removed HB Home Bistro from the list because I received an email from them last week stating that they were going to close at the end of the month. Also, I've got an email into the GM of the George Trois Group to get an updated policy since Restaurant Michael is no more and is replaced by George Trois (which already existed), Aboyer, and Silencieux.

Does anyone know of any other updated for the list?
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#490 Post by Paul Miller » June 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm

Dawali moved to the West Loop. Not sure if it’s still BYOB. Now out of my neighborhood.

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#491 Post by John Danza » June 3rd, 2019, 1:18 pm

Paul Miller wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Dawali moved to the West Loop. Not sure if it’s still BYOB. Now out of my neighborhood.
The address on their website is the same that we have listed here. I'll leave them as is unless someone knows of a change in policy.
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