Ringing It Up for Less at Ringo
Best When Drunk. 07/14/2008.
A less-than-perfect wine makes Zinny consider changing her penny-pinching ways.
Boozing at the Brown Sack
Best When Drunk. 06/03/2008.
Who needs a sack lunch when you can have this for dinner?
Cashing in at Avec
Best When Drunk. 05/06/2008.
Zinny finally makes good on a promise and is rewarded with an exceptionally tasty meal.
Cafe Meets Cabernet...with a Slice of Gateau
Best When Drunk. 04/23/2008.
Zinny says ooh, la, la to an unexpected wine deal.
Totally Chic Chinese
Best When Drunk. 04/08/2008.
Zinny loads up the chopsticks at Friendship Chinese.
Heating Things Up At Coalfire
Best When Drunk. 04/01/2008.
Zinny bites into two kinds of pie—pizza and humble—at Coalfire.
Monday Night Goes American
Best When Drunk. 03/10/2008.
Zinny's evening of cheap wine and pizza reminds her of the good old days.
Wine for a Song
Best When Drunk. 02/11/2008.
Zinny's BYOB break still has her snatching up wine for less.
Eat Chic, Drink Cheap
Dining Guides. 01/21/2008.
Raise the BYOB bar at these truly date-worthy restaurants.
Brunch Goes Bubbly
Best When Drunk. 01/14/2008.
Cheap champagne and real-deal OJ make for a boozy brunch at Flying Saucer.
Drinking More for Less at Rodan
Best When Drunk. 12/18/2007.
Zinny bypasses the BYOB again, but scores a great deal.
Twice the Fun for Half as Much
Best When Drunk. 12/04/2007.
Zinny puts the BYOB on hold but keeps the wine deals flowing with a night at the Tasting Room.
Dining Guides. 11/26/2007.
Can't get a table at Coast? Try these lesser-known but just-as-great substitutes.
More Adventures in Uptown
Best When Drunk. 11/20/2007.
Zinny's happy to call dibs on a table at Lawrence Avenue's Dib Sushi.
Seeking Special-Occasion Sushi
Best When Drunk. 11/06/2007.
Zinny heads to Izumi for an elevated BYOB experience.
Finding a Caribbean Oasis at Punta Cana
Best When Drunk. 10/22/2007.
Zinny's penchant for plantains earns her the Biggest Eater award.
Best When Drunk. 09/25/2007.
Zinny tries multi-bottles and multi-courses at Logan Square's Bonsoiree.
Heading to Havana
Best When Drunk. 09/10/2007.
Cafe Bolero's rum drinks may be on hold, but its temporary BYOB keeps Zinny—and her wallet—happy.
Am I a Snob?
Best When Drunk. 08/27/2007.
Zinny surprises herself by falling hard for Lincoln Park's Miska Liquors and Nan's Sushi.
Best When Drunk. 08/14/2007.
Zinny's ode on a Grecian crepe takes an Algerian twist.
Falling Hard for Buena Park
Best When Drunk. 07/30/2007.
Zinny has an unremarkable sushi meal on a remarkable stretch of Sheridan Road.
Costa Rican Burritos are Just Better
Best When Drunk. 07/16/2007.
Zinny pairs her favorite beer with the tastiest burrito around. Sorry, Don Chema.
Thai'd and True
Best When Drunk. 07/02/2007.
Zinny and Merle take it slow with sauvignon blanc at surprisingly hip TAC Quick.
Mas Alimento, Por favor
Best When Drunk. 06/17/2007.
Zinny goes on a tasting frenzy with sauvignon blanc by her side at Mundial Cocina Mestiza.
Pounding Potato Pizza
Best When Drunk. 06/07/2007.
Zinny carbo-loads at Pizza Rustica.
Best When Drunk. 05/22/2007.
Zinny finds green and greener Nirvana—then eats it—at the amazing vegan Korean restaurant Amitabul.
Living the Loop Life
Best When Drunk. 05/07/2007.
Despite its stale cannoli, Trattoria Caterina hits the neighborhood-feel nail on the head.
Best When Drunk. 04/23/2007.
Zinny nurses a hangover with an easy-going lager and meat from the sea at Habana Libre.
Keeping It Casual at Fan Si Pan
Best When Drunk. 04/04/2007.
Humungous spring rolls and giant bottles of Asahi make for medium-size results.
Toasted at T-Spot
Best When Drunk. 03/26/2007.
Zinny whittles away at her still-to-try BYO sushi spots, dropping into T-Spot with a team of fellow foodies in tow.
Popping into Palmito
Best When Drunk. 03/12/2007.
Trying to channel warmer waters, Zinny has a classier-than-expected Costa Rican feast.
So Fresh And So Clean, Clean
Best When Drunk. 01/15/2007.
Lots of wine meets lots of flavor, thanks to Indie Cafe's wise decision to keep tempura in its place.
Zinny Goes Zin
Best When Drunk. 12/11/2006.
Chilly winter days make for the just-OK pairing of Thai food and Zinfandel.
A Naan-tastic Feast
Best When Drunk. 11/20/2006.
Zinny can't restrain herself when it comes to Hema's spicy goodness.
Going Godzilla For Sushi
Best When Drunk. 10/18/2006.
Zinny finds hip digs and fresh fish in River West.
Saucing It Up, Barbecue-Style
Best When Drunk. 10/02/2006.
I'm on a diet. So it makes just about no sense that I picked Calvin's BBQ for my latest BYOB outing.
Doing the Wine Bar Crawl
Best When Drunk. 09/18/2006.
Zinny ditches her BYOB mantra at not one, but two wine bars.
The Second Time's a Charm
Best When Drunk. 09/04/2006.
Zinny finally makes it to...and digs into...Semiramis.
Best When Drunk. 08/14/2006.
Zinny can't help but take two trips around this totally killer, totally uncooked buffet.
Drinking Over Designer Sushi
Best When Drunk. 07/31/2006.
Tanoshii does sushi a little differently...but keeps it BYOB, of course.
Taking It To Taylor Street
Best When Drunk. 07/18/2006.
Zinny's latest BYOB exploit has her eating sushi...smack dab in the middle of Little Italy.
Giving In To the Wine Bar
Best When Drunk. 07/03/2006.
Zinny puts the BYOBing on hold for a night of Chenin Blanc and sweet pea pizza at Volo.
A Real Treat
Best When Drunk. 06/16/2006.
Who knew a turkey panini and glass of fizzy Portuguese wine could create the perfect dinner?
BYOBing in Boystown
Best When Drunk. 06/06/2006.
A new sushi spot makes Zinny one happy girl.
Bring Your Own...Beer?
Best When Drunk. 05/21/2006.
Zinny rocks it home-style, with Southern eats from Feed and a big bottle of homebrew.
Taking On the Pink Drink
Best When Drunk. 05/05/2006.
Rosé tastes nice, even out of Styrofoam cups.
Dining at Dorado
Best When Drunk. 04/24/2006.
This Mexican meal packs white tablecloths, bistro influences and that coveted BYOB policy.
Pinot and Pollo
Best When Drunk. 04/11/2006.
It's true. Rique's Regional Mexican Food is a top-notch BYOB.
BYOBing Over Baba Ganoush
Best When Drunk. 03/27/2006.
Loading up on Lebanese delights at Kan Zaman.
Skipping The Sauvignon Blanc
Best When Drunk. 03/13/2006.
Trying Sushiwine with, you guessed it, sushi.
Eating Goat, And Other Scary Things
Best When Drunk. 02/14/2006.
Bolat's Nigerian eats knock Zinny's socks off.
Drinking Up At The Diner
Best When Drunk. 01/23/2006.
Forget coffee and eggs...we pair vino with our seafood.
The Temporary BYOB
Best When Drunk. 01/17/2006.
Sipping away at a bring-your-own eatery...for the moment.
Some Cheese With My Wine
Best When Drunk. 12/04/2005.
(Temporarily) trading BYOB for the wonders of the wine list.
Snazzing It Up At Think Cafe
Best When Drunk. 11/20/2005.
BYOB, yes; low-brow, no.
Bring On The Meat
Best When Drunk. 11/08/2005.
Brasa Roja rescues the evening with rotisserie wonder.
Going Classy At Coast
Best When Drunk. 10/25/2005.
Paying for the ambiance, saving on the Pinot.
Italian All Around
Best When Drunk. 10/11/2005.
A happy coincidence pairs Caro Mio with a bottle of Nero D'Avola.
Marvelous Maki, Mediocre Wine
Best When Drunk. 09/26/2005.
Sushi X proves more excellent than Indaba's Sauvignon Blanc.
Cafe Furaibo and Coppola
Best When Drunk. 07/11/2005.
Sushi and Sauvignon...the BYOB dream.
Marvelling Over McManis Merlot
Best When Drunk. 04/19/2005.
Oh, the blueberries! Oh, Buona Terra!
Basic Boozing at Babylon Eatery
Best When Drunk. 04/05/2005.
Savoring Rex Goliath's Pinot Noir smokiness.
Going Greek with Roditis
Best When Drunk. 03/29/2005.
Blushing at the thought.
Tippling at Bhabi's Kitchen
Best When Drunk. 03/22/2005.
Going Greek didn't exactly happen as planned.
Adelaida Schoolhouse Recess Red
Best When Drunk. 03/14/2005.
A drink on its own proves it's best with food.