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16 Great International BYO Restaurants in Chicago That Won't Dent Your Wallet

Enjoy foods from around the world for cheap and bring your booze too.

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One of the best things about Chicago's diverse culinary scene is finding an under the radar international establishment where the portions are generous, the service is warm, the food is the real deal and the value is high. Check out this list of 18 BYOs without corkage fees and make sure to pick up your libation of choice before heading out for some affordable global cuisine.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taste of Peru

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6545 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 381-4540
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Cesar Izquierdo brought a piece of his homeland to Chicago in 1998 and is still serving coastal Peruvian staples today. The extensive menu has a heavy emphasis on seafood and grilled meats thanks to out-of-the-ordinary marinades and sauces. Don't forget a bottle of pisco; they make sour mix in house and by the pitcher.

2. Isla Pilipina

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2501 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 271-2988
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Perhaps the the best Filipino restaurant in Chicago is tucked inside a Lincoln Square strip mall. Try the adobo chicken and pancit for a taste of the Philippines, and feel free to bring booze with you.

3. Caro Mio

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1825 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5000
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Italian cuisine is extremely common in America, but Caro Mio transports guests back to the old country with warm service, huge portions of house-made pastas and a cozy dining space.

4. Tango Sur

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3763 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-5466
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Known for large steaks smothered in chimichurri and a no-corkage fee BYO policy, Tango Sur is a Lakeview neighborhood Argentinian gem. With seafood, pasta and vegetarian options, everyone can get their Tango on.

5. Cafe Orchid

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1746 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-3808
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Dishes such as mussaka, ezme and iskender give diners a BYO ethnic treat. A charming Turkish restaurant with locations in Wrigleyville and Park Ridge, Cafe Orchid also delights guests with kebobs and vegetarian dishes.

6. Royal Indian Grill

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3223 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-8000

When the owners of Lincoln Park's Indian Grill moved to Lakeview, they also altered their names to inject a bit more majesty. The tasty garlic naans are the perfect ways to transport their chicken tikka masala into your mouth.

7. Urban Vegan

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1550 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-8208
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Vegan Thai is what you get at both of the North Side Urban Vegan locations. It's an extreme value with savory homemade curries, salads, entrees, rice and noodle dishes. So good, it’s easy to forget the meat.

8. Rickshaw Republic

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2312 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-4750
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Peddling Asian street food in a stationary Lincoln Park storefront, Rickshaw Republic is a great place to go with a group and share a bunch of plates. Try the rice table for an authentic taste of Indonesia.

9. Simply It

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2269 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-0884
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Among the mile-long menu of bargain Vietnamese cuisine that’s suitable for all diets, the house dumplings, avocado wonton, pho and steamed ravioli are standouts. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with Simply It.

10. Serai

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2169 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

In a city that lacks many options for Malaysian cuisine, this new Logan Square restaurant delivers.

11. O'Cha Thai

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2062 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-6242
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A small, yet stylish, Bucktown gem featuring a $7.95 lunch special during the week. The green papaya salad and drunken noodle entrée are not to be missed.

12. Coast Sushi Bar

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2045 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-5775
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Sushi, sashimi and maki in a dimly-lit, chic environment. Though Coast has three Chicagoland locations, the Bucktown one is the only BYO.

13. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

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2540 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-2822
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No need to wait for open travel to Cuba to experience the cuisine. Get the real deal right here in Chicagoland with three 90 Mile Cuban Café’s to choose from. Each location features paella and flamenco dancing every Tuesday and in Logan Square the four-seasons patio is suitable for al fresco dining year round.

14. Irazu

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1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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With plenty of covered outdoor seating and a bright-colored decor, you just might forget you’re in Bucktown. Pick from many Costa Rican favorites: burritos, empanadas, sandwiches, seafood, shakes, juices, as well as a ton of vegetarian options.

15. Sultan's Market

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2057 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-3072
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A bustling-yet-tiny restaurant and market featuring traditional Middle Eastern sandwiches, platters, spreads and sides with two Chicago locations. Hit up the popular steam table and salad bar for a real feast at $5.99/lb. When it’s warm, head to the Wicker Park location for outdoor dining—and bring some beer or wine.

16. Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill

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1751 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 666-4100
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The tart citrus fruit’s namesake makes a cameo on the artistically prepared Japanese sushi and robata grill menu. Eating at this West Town haunt is an experience not to be missed.

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1. Taste of Peru

6545 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

Cesar Izquierdo brought a piece of his homeland to Chicago in 1998 and is still serving coastal Peruvian staples today. The extensive menu has a heavy emphasis on seafood and grilled meats thanks to out-of-the-ordinary marinades and sauces. Don't forget a bottle of pisco; they make sour mix in house and by the pitcher.

6545 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626

2. Isla Pilipina

2501 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Perhaps the the best Filipino restaurant in Chicago is tucked inside a Lincoln Square strip mall. Try the adobo chicken and pancit for a taste of the Philippines, and feel free to bring booze with you.

2501 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Caro Mio

1825 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Italian cuisine is extremely common in America, but Caro Mio transports guests back to the old country with warm service, huge portions of house-made pastas and a cozy dining space.

1825 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Tango Sur

3763 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Known for large steaks smothered in chimichurri and a no-corkage fee BYO policy, Tango Sur is a Lakeview neighborhood Argentinian gem. With seafood, pasta and vegetarian options, everyone can get their Tango on.

3763 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

5. Cafe Orchid

1746 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Dishes such as mussaka, ezme and iskender give diners a BYO ethnic treat. A charming Turkish restaurant with locations in Wrigleyville and Park Ridge, Cafe Orchid also delights guests with kebobs and vegetarian dishes.

1746 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

6. Royal Indian Grill

3223 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

When the owners of Lincoln Park's Indian Grill moved to Lakeview, they also altered their names to inject a bit more majesty. The tasty garlic naans are the perfect ways to transport their chicken tikka masala into your mouth.

3223 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Urban Vegan

1550 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Vegan Thai is what you get at both of the North Side Urban Vegan locations. It's an extreme value with savory homemade curries, salads, entrees, rice and noodle dishes. So good, it’s easy to forget the meat.

1550 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Rickshaw Republic

2312 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Peddling Asian street food in a stationary Lincoln Park storefront, Rickshaw Republic is a great place to go with a group and share a bunch of plates. Try the rice table for an authentic taste of Indonesia.

2312 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Simply It

2269 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Among the mile-long menu of bargain Vietnamese cuisine that’s suitable for all diets, the house dumplings, avocado wonton, pho and steamed ravioli are standouts. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with Simply It.

2269 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

10. Serai

2169 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

In a city that lacks many options for Malaysian cuisine, this new Logan Square restaurant delivers.

2169 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. O'Cha Thai

2062 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

A small, yet stylish, Bucktown gem featuring a $7.95 lunch special during the week. The green papaya salad and drunken noodle entrée are not to be missed.

2062 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Coast Sushi Bar

2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Sushi, sashimi and maki in a dimly-lit, chic environment. Though Coast has three Chicagoland locations, the Bucktown one is the only BYO.

2045 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

2540 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

No need to wait for open travel to Cuba to experience the cuisine. Get the real deal right here in Chicagoland with three 90 Mile Cuban Café’s to choose from. Each location features paella and flamenco dancing every Tuesday and in Logan Square the four-seasons patio is suitable for al fresco dining year round.

2540 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Irazu

1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

With plenty of covered outdoor seating and a bright-colored decor, you just might forget you’re in Bucktown. Pick from many Costa Rican favorites: burritos, empanadas, sandwiches, seafood, shakes, juices, as well as a ton of vegetarian options.

1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

15. Sultan's Market

2057 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

A bustling-yet-tiny restaurant and market featuring traditional Middle Eastern sandwiches, platters, spreads and sides with two Chicago locations. Hit up the popular steam table and salad bar for a real feast at $5.99/lb. When it’s warm, head to the Wicker Park location for outdoor dining—and bring some beer or wine.

2057 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill

1751 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Joseph Bangit

The tart citrus fruit’s namesake makes a cameo on the artistically prepared Japanese sushi and robata grill menu. Eating at this West Town haunt is an experience not to be missed.

1751 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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