The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 BYOBs

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This is the second week in a row that I've [inadvertently] reviewed a terrific restaurant that also happens to encourage BYOB. Banana Leaf -- the subject of last week's cafe review -- offers Malaysian and Singaporean food with a fantastic $0 corkage fee. And Lucio's BYOB -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is so encouraging of your party bringing their own bottles of wine that "BYOB" is in the very name of the restaurant.

Spoiler alert time: After I visited Lucio's three times, it's rocketed to the top of my personal list of favorite BYOB establishments in town, for reasons which are expounded upon below. But there are also plenty of other great spots around town for you to post up with a few bottles of wine or a six-pack of beer -- especially great for those nights when you want to enjoy something special from your own private collection with friends or for when you just want to split a cheap bottle of wine over dinner.

10. Collina's

It's not about the food at Collina's; it's about sharing bottles of inexpensive wine among friends over checkered tablecloth Italian in a laid-back environment where your kids won't be shunned by other diners for being a bit too loud or rowdy. Collina's isn't for everyone, but those who like it love it.

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Cafe Pita + offers fun pairing challenges with its array of Balkan foods.
9. Cafe Pita +

Cafe Pita's new space -- greatly expanded from its old location a few doors down -- offers even more of an incentive to stay and relax over a bottle of interesting Old World wine to pair with its Bosnian cuisine. Meats like lamb, cevapcici and pljeskavice beg for fun pairing options, so go nuts and break out the big wines.

8. Himalaya

On the other hand, the super-spicy Indian and Pakistani food at Himalaya wants to be partnered with some big, bold beers like hoppy IPAs or even some sours -- yes, sours. Of course, you can always keep it simple with a six-pack of pilsner to pair with your chicken chargha or gola kabab.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Banana Leaf

9896 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Collina's in the Heights

502 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Pita +

10890 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Himalaya Restaurant & Catering

6652 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana

14028 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Just Dinner

1915 Dunlavy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Joshdepond
Joshdepond

Njoy Thai is a newcomer, challenge them with what you like. Papaya salad is sum-yung-dude yummy and appropriate for summer.

just saying
just saying

Yeah, that's why when I went there with a group of friends, we took a field trip to Corkscrew (which was still open at the time) to pick up some bottles of wine after we put our name in for a table; although I don't know if that's still the policy--that was over two years ago.

Bruce R
Bruce R

 Are you sure they're BYOB? They have plenty of beers on their list, abeit pricey.

just saying
just saying

Broken Spoke!  I love me some Belgian food.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

The only reason I left Cafe TH off is that the restaurant is open two nights a week -- and I'm not much for BYOB-ing it up at lunch.  ;)

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I adore Underbelly, but the wine list is so good that I don't even want to BYOB there. Plus, the corkage fee is $15...a bottle.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Nope; I confirmed with the restaurant last week that they're still doing BYOB.  :)

Kimber34
Kimber34

Kanomwan Thai is as good as Vieng, even after Mr. Yut's passing; they offer BYOB, are close to UH, but yes, the lighting there is a little less sophisticated, and bright. But well worth it if you're a fan of real Thai cooking.

BD
BD

no Cafe TH?

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