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The Best BYOB in Dallas

Tired of dropping $8 on a glass of wine? Or maybe you just want to enjoy a Pinot Noir from your own collection while someone else does the cooking. We picked our favorite places to bring your own, and if you don’t know what to b
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Tired
of dropping $8 on a glass of wine when you can get the whole bottle at
Sam’s Club for $6.99? Or maybe you have a great wine collection and
would like to enjoy it when dining out. Either way, go to a restaurant
where you can BYOB. Call ahead and ask, but any restaurant that doesn’t
serve alcoholic beverages is legal for “bring your own bottle.” Here is
a list of our favorite spots to BYOB, along with Dallas wine consultant
Diane Teitelbaum’s pick for the perfect accompaniment.

                                 

Arc-en-Ciel
3555 Walnut St., Garland
972-272-2188

Specialty
Dim sum: a variety of small dishes such as steamed or fried shrimp dumplings and shrimp balls

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Alexander
Valley “New” Gewurztraminer 2001 ($9). This early harvest wine is
bright and refreshing but has just enough fruit, spice, and floral
notes to show off the variety of flavors in dim sum.


Constantin’s
15404 Midway Rd., Addison
972-866-8100

Specialty
Romanian-style cabbage stuffed with beef, tomatoes, rice, and onions spiced with bay leaf

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge 1999
($10). This dish calls for a red wine that’s hearty but not heavy. The
Cotes-du Rhone will hold up to the beef and cabbage but still refresh
the palate.

Pasand Indian Cuisine
1377 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson
972-644-4447

Specialty
Tandoori chicken marinated in spicy yogurt and cooked in a clay oven

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Gundlach-Bundschu Sonoma Valley
Riesling 2000 ($13). Green apple flavors will complement the chicken.
This Reisling also has enough fruit to tame the spices and the acidity
to cut the yogurt and keep the mouth bright.

Amici Signature Italian
1022 S. Broadway Rd., Carrollton
972-245-3191

Specialty
Lamb loin en croûte filled with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, whole roasted garlic, and served with a Cabernet shallot sauce

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Willakenzie Pinot Noir Pierre Leon
1999 ($35). Although the sauce is made with Cabernet, the dish calls
for a wine with a firm acidity to match the goat cheese and tomatoes.
This wine also has great depth of flavor to balance the lamb and sauce.

Excellent Seafood and Grill
5365 Spring Valley Rd.
972-701-6922

Specialty
Deep-fried catfish, clams, calamari, scallops, and oysters

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Brander Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2001
($14.50). Always enjoy fried fish with a Sauvignon Blanc (same as Fume
Blanc). The crisp, white wine has herbal and grapefruit flavors that
clean the palate and leave you wanting the next bite.


Herrera’s
4001 Maple Ave.
214-528-9644

Specialty
Jimmy’s Special: chicken enchilada, cheese taco, cheese enchilada, burrito, beef taco with guacamole, rice and beans

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 1999 ($22).
With food as hearty as this traditional Tex-Mex, you want a wine with
some spice, personality, and fruit. This wine is big, lush, and
delicious.

Brick Oven Gourmet
2010 N. Plano Rd., Richardson
972-234-0520

Specialty
Mediterranean kabobs of marinated fish, chicken, or sirloin with saffron, lemon, mint, and oregano, served with basmati rice

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 2001
($11.50). Because of the mélange of flavor variety in these kabobs, you
want a wine that is refreshing but won’t fight any part of the dish.
This Pinot Grigio is about perfect, but any Italian Pinot Grigio will
do.


Cafe de Paris
2969 W. 15th St., Plano
972-985-0003

Specialty
Chicken Caesar salad and anything chocolate from the pastry counter

Diane’s Perfect Wine
King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris 1999
($8, half bottle) and Grahams Six Grapes Porto ($13, half bottle). Take
a half bottle of silky Oregon Pinot Gris for the salad and a half
bottle of port to make the chocolate dessert stand up and dance.

The Green Pepper
4246 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-219-1944

Specialty
Thai spicy beef sautéed with zucchini, snow peas, carrots, and onions and served with steamed rice

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Morgon
2000 ($8.50). Beef usually calls for a red, but you also need enough
fruitiness in the wine to quell and complement the spiciness of this
dish. Morgon is one of the bigger bodied of the Beaujolais, but it also
has a charming cherry, berry flavor.


DC’s Cafe
3115 Live Oak St.
214-370-9310

Specialty
Home-style pork chops with mashed potatoes and sliced squash

Diane’s Perfect Wine
Geyser Peak Sonoma County Merlot 2000
($17). With a homey meal and fresh vegetables, a Merlot is nice. Most
have a velvety texture and round, fruity flavors. This one is like a
fruit relish for the pork.