Showing up with beverages to a restaurant may seem passé, but really it’s a dream come true. Coming in with your favorite six-pack echoes summer barbecues, eating in the backyard with fireflies for candles. You can share with friends and make new ones, all in one easy meal. Find your next favorite BYOB restaurant for this summer’s feast.
Lake House Café
11850 Edgewater Drive
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 228-5253

If you’re looking for a restaurant with a long menu made with fresh ingredients and an amazing view of downtown Cleveland, try the Lake House Café. Located on Lake Road and nestled within the high-rises, this unassuming café lets you dine on feasts like open-faced turkey or beef sandwiches, Angus burgers with fries or delicious entrees like salmon with a champagne cream sauce. Bringing your own beverage is just one of the many delightful qualities about Lake House Café, come see for yourself. You can bring in wine or liquor, but not beer.

Treehuggers Café
1330 W. Bagley Road
Berea, OH 44017
(440) 973-4277

Treehuggers Café in Berea is a vegetarian and vegan diner’s fantasy. Regular folks will be astonished with the flavor and variety of the vast menu items like panini, burgers, salads and bakery items. Dine on a zucchini parmesan panini served with fresh cut sweet potatoes fries, Mediterranean kale salad with Kalamata olives, shallots and tomatoes or an endless variety of burgers. With all of the menu items, you just might want to bring your own beverage – one less thing to puzzle over.

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Barroco Grill
12906 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 221-8127

The Latin food and drinks coming out of Barroco Grill in Lakewood is an adventurous eater’s dream. Appetizers are more than just tortilla chips and guacamole. There’s also shrimp ceviche with diced onions, cilantro and jalapenos. And there’s more than just the regular chimichurri sauce you might find at other Latin-inspired restaurants. Barroco has a spicy peanut and pineapple sauce or garlic sauce to top your tortillas. Try any variety of beef, pork or chorizo sausage entrees with sweet or savory plantains. While Barroco Grill offers Columbian champagne soda, feel free to bring your own beverage, whatever you need to whet your whistle.

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Zack’s Fire & Ice
1530 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 867-4900

Barbecue with a side of frozen yogurt, not a bad combination. Bring your own beverages to Zack’s Fire and Ice in Akron this summer and relax on the patio with your favorite drink and your favorite food. Enjoy smoked meats like pulled pork, beef brisket or ribs with any number of awesome side dishes: sweet potatoes with a maple glaze, mac n’ cheese or jambalaya. Or stop by for a cone or scoop of your new favorite ice cream. Choose from mint chocolate chip, raspberry chip cheesecake or birthday cake, among others.

Grumpy’s Café
2621 W. 14th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-5025

Grumpy’s Café in Tremont is cool and classic. Bringing your own beverage is just one of the amazing traits of Grumpy’s. Stop in for entrees like the garlic Cajun shrimp served with pasta, peppers and Andouille sausage or the mojo pork tacos, marinated pork with house-made coleslaw and Texas caviar. Grumpy’s Café has a sandwich menu and appetizer selection that’s spicy and original. Grab your favorite refreshment and head to Grumpy’s Café for a Friday night meal with a kick.

Marissa Burke is a happily adventurous wife, mother and runner. Living in Lakewood, Ohio she searches neighboring communities for exciting food and drinks that are good and good for you in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at