Houston's 10 Best BYOB Restaurants (Plus What to Drink)
It's like a personal challenge: Pick the best wine or beer to go with the food at a local restaurant. Rely only on my own limited pairing know-how. Pay as little as possible for said booze. Enjoy meal immensely knowing you've saved money and made a match.
Photo by Troy Fields This charming spot has BYOB right in the name.
As much as I appreciate a great wine list or beer selection at a restaurant, there are times when I love a BYOB spot even more. It's exciting to me to peruse the menu then pick out a bottle of wine or a six pack that I think would best complement the style of food or a particular dish. I'm also guaranteed to have something I enjoy when I bring my own booze.
Lately, I find myself drawn more and more to BYOB restaurants in town, partially because I generally save money when I buy a bottle that isn't marked up to restaurant prices, and partially because the excitement of choosing a drink is surpassed only by the sense of accomplishment and discovery when I've made a good match.
This weekend, do some research and pick up a bottle to bring to one of these great BYOB restaurants. Then let us know what fine food and alcohol pairings we've been missing out on!
Photo courtesy Aladdin The hardest part is deciding what to drink with your hummus.
There's no cork fee at Aladdin, so all you pay to drink is the money you spent on the bottle. Aladdin is a great place for families to go out for a large dinner of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean classics, and it was recently voted the most underrated restaurant in Houston by our readers. If you're wondering what type of wine goes with hummus and kabobs, a good rule of thumb is to drink wine from the same region as the cuisine. Check out Spec's for some Lebanese or Turkish wine, or stick to a crisp, dry white Burgundy, which should pair nicely with spicy, garlicky food. Beer-wise, try a citrusy, spicy Belgian witbier.
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