Food & Drink

Dallas's best BYOBs, yo

Published On 08/29/2013 Published On 08/29/2013
Pho Crimson, Dallas TX
Aaron Miller

"You down with BYOB? YEAH YOU KNOW ME", said Naughty by Nature every time they had to settle for something less than the perfect pairing at an otherwise great resto with a lousy booze selection. And THAT is why we're hooking them (and you!) up with the ultimate Dallas BYOBing guide, complete with five of Dallas's best bring-your-own spots.

Smith & Ratliff

Babe's Chicken
Why it's great: Some of the best damn fried chicken in the Metroplex.
What to bring: Bud or Miller, or any session ale(s!).

Aaron Miller

Peak & Elm
Why it's great: It's got history, with a nearly century-old trolly line running next to it, and it's got three generations' worth of crazy-good tamales.
What to bring: That beer the really interesting guy with the beard doesn't always drink, but does prefer. Unless you're there on a Friday, of course, when the play is to bring nothing at all, because they roll out FREE MARGARITAS, because they love you. And can't legally sell them to you (but mostly the love thing).


Why it's great: Great Lebanese food on a kickass patio full of live music, a comprehensive list of hookahs & hookah accoutrements, and it's just a couple minutes' walk from The Bottle Shop. Just make sure to go on a weeknight if you wanna avoid any corkage or bottle fees.
What to bring: You're gonna want something hoppy like DEBC IPA. Or, if you're in the mood for liquor, pick up a quality blended whiskey, for which they'll gladly ply you with club soda.

Aaron Miller

20 Feet
Why it's great: Brilliant lobster rolls from Marc Cassel's East Dallas seafood ode to the Northeast. Drink your BYOs in the ocean-themed indoors, then when you're out, head outside to Goodfriend's patio.
What to bring: Wheat beers work best. Our pick: Franconia.

Aaron Miller

Pho Crimson
Why it's great: Nosh on banh mi in a classy interior, or hit the patio and slurp on some legit pho while staring across at West Village.
What to bring: A sixer of Armadillo Ale Works' Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale; it might be one of Dallas's new kids on the block, but it pairs amazingly well with Sriracha.

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1. Babe's Chicken Dinner House 6475 Page Rd, Frisco, TX 75034 (Frisco)

This literal brick barn is a sight for sore eyes in Dallas' swanky Frisco suburb. The vintage tractors and mounted longhorns might not make for a believable fried chicken restaurant, but the quake-inducing crunch of the buttermilk coating on Babe's soft and tender chicken will assure you you're in the right spot, as will a hefty side of biscuits and gravy. And maybe a meringue pie for desert, if you brought your loose pants.

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2. Peak & Elm 132 N Peak St, Dallas, TX 75226 (East Dallas)

Peak & Elm serves up a selection of contemporary Mexican dishes, evoking a sense of community and family with every bite. Come by on Friday for free margaritas!

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3. Qariah Restaurant 1811 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

From a Lebanese family who made their mark running fast-food restos and quickie marts, this booth-lined, colorfully tiled spot is more casual diner than lounge, while its sidewalk patio is more sidewalk patio than not-sidewalk-patio.

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4. 20 Feet 1160 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (East Dallas)

20 Feet Seafood Joint is all about high-end seafood in a low-key setting -- upscale cuisine sans pretension. The place is a classic fish shack, with wall-lights encased by lobster-traps, rounded wooden doors dotted with portholes, and fish-netting strung from the ceiling. Patrons order at the counter and seat themselves, either in the dining room or along the spacious patio the restaurant shares with the adjacent Goodfriend Beer Garden. To start, the menu offers a variety of mussels, oysters, and whole belly clams, all served with butter and a house dipping sauce, and for entrees, the fan favorite is a blackened shrimp scampi topped with parmesan grits (but make sure to leave room for the homemade key lime pie). Contrary to 20 Feet's no-frills get-up, the food is remarkably fresh, tastefully plated, and consistently delicious.

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5. Crimson Asian Cuisine 3000 Blackburn St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

The first-time venture of a pair of food-loving friends (one the wife of a Yummilicious partner), this 30-seater ushers traditional Vietnamese into a gently modern setting, with crimson accents, artistic imitation branches, and an inset, softly lit stone wall, which really highlights Jackson's chest-dominating General Beard.