Ten of Dallas' Best Places to BYOB
The beverage side of your dinner bill is sometimes just as costly as the food that you're eating. The rising costs of food, everything from limes to bacon, have restaurants looking for creative ways to make extra cash. The wine list is a prime spot for boosting profits, and that $15 bottle of wine you've been eyeing at Spec's will likely cost you as much or more than a prime rib-eye if you buy it at your favorite restaurant. A 2010 Grgich Hills Chardonnay, available at Total Wine for $32, will cost more than $100 after taxes and tip at Bistro 31 in Highland Park.
But thanks to exorbitant licensing fees and a complicated labyrinth of laws that govern how establishments in Texas can serve and sell alcohol, there are dozens of restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that allow you to bring your own. These 10 restaurants and venues are among the best.
20 Feet Seafood Joint (above)
Seafood and wine have a lot in common. They're delicious, they complement each other, and they can both run a bill up fast. At 20 Feet Seafood Joint in East Dallas, you can splurge on their seafood and save on the wine by bringing your own. Grab a group of your fanciest lady friends and split a bottle or two of Veuve over a plate of Blue Point oysters. Or, bring a group of your bros to watch some baseball over a basket of fried clams, shrimp po-boys and a sixer of Stella Artois.
Peak & Elm
What's better than bringing your own booze? Free booze. You can bring your own beer and wine to Peak & Elm Cocina, but on Friday nights, you won't have to. Order a big plate of fajitas and enjoy free margaritas on Friday nights, or sip free mimosas with brunch on the weekends. According to the Peak & Elm website, the restaurant will be getting a liquor license this year, so this BYOB could be a limited-time offer.
Sammons Park & Strauss Square
The City of Dallas doesn't allow drinking in city-managed park for some silly "public safety" reasons, but privately owned parks are fair game. At Sammons Park in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, you can bring both food and booze to enjoy while you listen to local musicians during their free Patio Sessions concert series. The same applies at Strauss Square, just over by Sammons Park. Pack supplies for a cheese or charcuterie board, a blanket and bottle of wine for a well-rounded cultural and culinary experience.
Il Cane Rosso
You can't bring booze whenever you feel like it at Cane Rosso, likely because owner Jay Jerrier is infamous for being just a little bit difficult. Wednesday nights at the Cane Rosso location in Deep Ellum are BYOB, but you're only supposed to bring one bottle of wine per person, and you'll have to leave your liquor at home. This may seem like a lot of rules for a BYOB joint, but we can understand why Jerrier wouldn't want a bunch of drunks turning on him because he wouldn't give them any ranch dressing for their pizza.
El Come Taco
El Come Taco has all kinds of crazy shit to put in tacos, like veal brains, grasshoppers and ant eggs, but you won't find a drop of booze in sight unless you bring your own. Even if you don't need liquid courage to try some of the more adventurous proteins here, there's something almost sacrilegious about not drinking a cold Modelo or Victoria with a big plate of tacos. We also haven't really seen any restrictions on bringing liquor instead of beer or wine, so treating your entire table to tequila shots isn't entirely out of the question.