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10 New Orleans Restaurants Where You Can BYOB

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Mediterranean favorite 1000 Figs is BYOB
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Bring your own booze is a thing in lots of cities, a way for eaters to save their Benjamins by hauling their own beer and wine to the restaurant. And while it’s sometimes an option at spots that serve alcohol, most opportunities to carry in happens when the restaurant doesn’t have an official (super expensive to buy) liquor license.

In New Orleans, cocktails are so plentiful they’re served to go and most establishments consider it a necessity to obtain a license, but there are still some great places that make BYOB available at a reasonable rate. If your dinner is the kind of occasion that just demands that special bottle you’ve been saving, you can always go high-end at Arnaud’s or Meauxbar, whose corkage fees are $25-$30 per bottle, but for our purposes, here are ten restaurants to BYOB ranging from no corkage fee to $12 per bottle. Good thing libations are sold at corner stores everywhere in case you don’t plan ahead.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Ba Chi Canteen

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Love love love the menu at Ba Chi Canteen uptown on Maple, a fun and funky blend of Vietnamese Korean dishes like pho, spring rolls (try the bulgogi ones) and bacos - a mash up of banh mi and tacos. Pay just $5 a bottle to drink something geared to Asian spice - try a German Reisling or an Italian Lambrusco.

Lebanon's Cafe

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BYO at no charge at this popular Carrollton spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. Lebanon’s Café offers creamy homemade hummus, all kinds of kabobs and some tasty rosemary lamb chops. When picking that bottle, remember that lamb and Syrah have a very special relationship.

Ramen lovers adore Kin, which dishes bowls of umami-laced spicy noodles spiked with the likes of pork belly and local shrimp. Pay a charge of $10 per bottle of wine or liquor, but there’s no charge for beer, which the chefs says pairs best with his menu. Closed Sundays and Mondays for the summer.

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Although Lola’s has a fine array of Spanish wines, along with housemade sangria, you can bring your own to this Iberian gem on Esplanade. Try the seafood paella sized and priced to feed between one and four eaters. Bring your own for a corkage fee of $7 per bottle, $10 for 1.5 liter bottles and $.50 a beer.

 

1000 Figs

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Gorgeously composed seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is the calling card at 1000 Figs, the grown up version of the originall falafel truck that started the ride. Say yes to the falafel feast, plenty for two with tons of beg and spreads on the platter. Pay $12 per bottle to drink your own. Lucky thing Swirl wine is right next door.

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Eat New Orleans

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Chef/owner Jarred Zeringue delivers polished New Orleans cuisine in this sleeper on the quiet side of the French Quarter. Eat’s $20 dinner special is a steal; even better add a starter and dessert for just $7 more. Try the barbecue shrimp and definitely get the excellent Caesar. There is a $10 corkage on each outside bottle of wine or six-pack of beer you bring in to slurp.

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Bennachin

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Although alcohol isn’t traditionally paired with African cuisine, it sure goes down easy at Bennachin, where dishes like steamed tilapia with ginger and garlic come with coconut rice and fried plantains on the side. The daily $10.95 specials at lunch are a bargain. No charge to bring your own here.

Dian Xin

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This red hot dim sum palace on Decatur is attracting droves for its spicy soup dumplings, mega-portions of Sichuan beef and baos every which way. Dian Xin doesn’t charge a corkage fee for wine or beer, making this hot spot uber popular. Expect a wait, but you can do it in one of the bars across the street and they’ll call you.

Mona's Cafe Frenchmen

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Bring a go cup from any of the local bars on Frenchmen and take a seat at Mona’s, a no-frills joint where salad, hummos and griolled meats offer a healthful option when the body needs a break. No charge for bringing your own, same at Mona’s other locations on Banks Street and Magazine.

Bao & Noodle

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Chef/owner Douglas Crowell came by his Chinese cooking skill the old-fashioned way - he married into it. Crowell puts his own spin on his Chinese father-in-law’s recipes for the likes of scallion pancakes, ma po tofu and cumin braised lamb. No charge to BYO, sweet.

Ba Chi Canteen

Love love love the menu at Ba Chi Canteen uptown on Maple, a fun and funky blend of Vietnamese Korean dishes like pho, spring rolls (try the bulgogi ones) and bacos - a mash up of banh mi and tacos. Pay just $5 a bottle to drink something geared to Asian spice - try a German Reisling or an Italian Lambrusco.

Lebanon's Cafe

BYO at no charge at this popular Carrollton spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. Lebanon’s Café offers creamy homemade hummus, all kinds of kabobs and some tasty rosemary lamb chops. When picking that bottle, remember that lamb and Syrah have a very special relationship.

kin

Kin
Brasted

Ramen lovers adore Kin, which dishes bowls of umami-laced spicy noodles spiked with the likes of pork belly and local shrimp. Pay a charge of $10 per bottle of wine or liquor, but there’s no charge for beer, which the chefs says pairs best with his menu. Closed Sundays and Mondays for the summer.

Kin
Brasted

Lola's

Although Lola’s has a fine array of Spanish wines, along with housemade sangria, you can bring your own to this Iberian gem on Esplanade. Try the seafood paella sized and priced to feed between one and four eaters. Bring your own for a corkage fee of $7 per bottle, $10 for 1.5 liter bottles and $.50 a beer.

 

1000 Figs

1000 Figs
Brasted

Gorgeously composed seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is the calling card at 1000 Figs, the grown up version of the originall falafel truck that started the ride. Say yes to the falafel feast, plenty for two with tons of beg and spreads on the platter. Pay $12 per bottle to drink your own. Lucky thing Swirl wine is right next door.

1000 Figs
Brasted

Eat New Orleans

Eat New Orleans/Facebook

Chef/owner Jarred Zeringue delivers polished New Orleans cuisine in this sleeper on the quiet side of the French Quarter. Eat’s $20 dinner special is a steal; even better add a starter and dessert for just $7 more. Try the barbecue shrimp and definitely get the excellent Caesar. There is a $10 corkage on each outside bottle of wine or six-pack of beer you bring in to slurp.

Eat New Orleans/Facebook

Bennachin

Although alcohol isn’t traditionally paired with African cuisine, it sure goes down easy at Bennachin, where dishes like steamed tilapia with ginger and garlic come with coconut rice and fried plantains on the side. The daily $10.95 specials at lunch are a bargain. No charge to bring your own here.

Dian Xin

This red hot dim sum palace on Decatur is attracting droves for its spicy soup dumplings, mega-portions of Sichuan beef and baos every which way. Dian Xin doesn’t charge a corkage fee for wine or beer, making this hot spot uber popular. Expect a wait, but you can do it in one of the bars across the street and they’ll call you.

Mona's Cafe Frenchmen

Bring a go cup from any of the local bars on Frenchmen and take a seat at Mona’s, a no-frills joint where salad, hummos and griolled meats offer a healthful option when the body needs a break. No charge for bringing your own, same at Mona’s other locations on Banks Street and Magazine.

Bao & Noodle

Chef/owner Douglas Crowell came by his Chinese cooking skill the old-fashioned way - he married into it. Crowell puts his own spin on his Chinese father-in-law’s recipes for the likes of scallion pancakes, ma po tofu and cumin braised lamb. No charge to BYO, sweet.

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