Great Spots to Bring Your Own Booze

What’s the best part of a night out? Let’s not talk about the drinks or the company you’re keeping – we’re talking about the food! A restaurant can make or break a good time, and that’s why you want to find a good spot with good food . But where do you go? Well, we’ve got a list of places for you to check out. This is our definitive guide to BYOB restaurants for Spring 2021.

As always, if you have a good suggestion for this list, let us know!
Mona's Cafe - Mid City
Middle EasternMid-City

Mona's Cafe - Mid City

Mona’s Cafe is a longstanding Lebanese restaurant that has been a Mid-City staple for over 20 years. They offer no fee BYOB. There is a large menu with a good selection of sandwiches, salads, and Middle Eastern dishes. The beef shawarma is the star of the show, served with a salad, hummus, and pita bread for just $12. Mona's Cafe is a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal in the Mid-City area.

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
Latin AmericanUptown ● Carrollton

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe

Located in the Uptown neighborhood of Carrollton, La Macarena is a small cafe that serves up the best pupusas in the city. They’re also a great spot for vegan and vegetarian options, which they highlight on their menu. Tip - spend some of the money you're saving by BYOBing with no fee - on an extra order of sweet fried plantains.

Anatolia Mediterranean Cuisine
MediterraneanTouro ● Uptown ● Irish Channel

Anatolia Mediterranean Cuisine

Anatolia Mediterranean Cuisine is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving New Orleans for over 3 decades. They offer a comfortable atmosphere, quick service, and authentic, delicious Turkish food. They are BYOB, with no fee. Their menu includes everything from kabobs to wraps to soups to a full entree, so you'll find something to please everyone in your group. Save room for dessert and check out the Kanafeh - a sweet Turkish cheese pastry that is a must-try for any food lover.

Que Rico! Cuban Cafe
CubanTouro ● Uptown

Que Rico! Cuban Cafe

Que Rico! Cuban Cafe is a small restaurant serving authentic Cuban cuisine in a cozy Uptown setting. They offer authentic Cuban food, including a full menu of sandwiches, soups, and traditional Cuban dishes. Even though they don't serve alcohol, there's still a virgin mojito on the menu that's worth trying if you want to supply your own rum. The food is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the ambiance is perfect for a laid-back night out.

Lola's
Spanish ● TapasFairgrounds ● Bayou St. John

Lola's

Since 1994, Lola’s has been serving up some of the best true Spanish cuisine in the city. While they do have a small wine list (and house made sangria!), for a small corkage fee ($7 per bottle) you can enjoy any bottle you bring. They have a small, but super comfortable patio for those who want to imbibe outside. Lola's is a must-visit for Spanish food in the city. Whether you're looking for a quick bite (just two tapas today) or a full meal, Lola's will not disappoint.

Lebanon's Cafe
Middle EasternUptown ● Carrollton

Lebanon's Cafe

This Uptown spot is a great place to grab a bite to eat and is a favorite for Middle Eastern dishes like their homemade Hummus. The restaurant is located in the Uptown Carrollton area, right on the St. Charles/Carrollton streetcar and is within walking distance of the Oak Street shops. They have a large menu with plenty of options - and most importantly for this list - are BYOB with no corkage fee! Worth checking out for its homey feel, delicious food, and laid-back atmosphere.

Saj
MediterraneanTouro ● Uptown

Saj

Saj serves up falafels and fresh, home-baked breads that are perfect for any time. It is BYOB with no fees, so go crazy. The menu is filled with thoughtful dishes made with fresh ingredients. Their Sweet Pea Tahini is a standout dish with, garbanzo beans, lemon, garlic, and olive oil. If you're looking for a healthy BYOB restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine, Saj is a great option.

Ba Chi Canteen
VietmaneseUptown ● Carrollton

Ba Chi Canteen

Ba Chi Canteen is a cozy little spot with a small patio that's perfect for a quick bite and a drink. The star of the menu is the bacos, which are soft shell tacos (bao + taco = baco) filled with a large variety of Vietnamese goodness. The decor is simple and airy and includes a small covered patio as well as a separate outdoor dining area. This spot is a unique and very welcome addition to the cities no fee BYOB options.

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