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Five places to BYOB for free

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For those who prefer to dine with their own booze, whether a prized pinot noir or cheap sixer from the corner store, here are a few New Orleans restaurants that don't charge a corkage fee — and nearby places to pick up an affordable bottle or two before you dine.

Bennachin (1212 Royal St., 504-522-1230; www.bennachinrestaurant.com) — The cozy French Quarter restaurant (and Jazz Fest regular) focuses on West African dishes.

Nearby booze: Matassa's (1001 Dauphine St., 504-412-8700) is just blocks away and offers a well-stocked wine selection.

Magasin (4201 Magazine St., 504-896-7611; www.magasincafe.com) — Find updated Vietnamese dishes at this hip, minimal bistro.

Nearby booze: Martin Wine Cellar (3500 Magazine St., 504-894-7420; www.martinwinecellar.com) will help you find the perfect bottle for pho, bun or banh mi.

Pupuseria La Macarena (8120 Hampson St., 504-862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com) — This Riverbend restaurant specializes in Latin American cuisine and pupusas, thick corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of ingredients.

Lebanon's Cafe (1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200; www.lebanons-cafe.com) — The mural-wrapped Middle Eastern restaurant has a lengthy menu and outdoor seating.

Nearby booze: Jake's Uptown Supermarket (1940 Dante St., 504-861-1884) sells a full selection of beer, liquor and wine just a few blocks away.

Mona's Cafe (3901 Banks St., 504-482-7743) — The flagship Middle Eastern cafe has a spacious outdoor patio.

Nearby booze: Upgrade your meal with a discount bottle of wine from Pearl Wine Co. (3700 Orleans Ave., 504-483-6360; www.pearlwineco.com), a short ride from the restaurant.

Nearby booze: Walgreens pharmacy next door doesn't sell booze, but Rite Aid (7133 St. Charles Ave., 504-861-3638) near Broadway Street does.




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