Diva Thai and Sushi Bar

Sushi at Diva Thai and Sushi Bar (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye / June 15, 2012)

If you feel like your choice of liquor is usually better than the restaurant's, or if you're just feeling cheap, Boystown has plenty of places that are BYOB.

Diva Thai and Sushi Bar
3542 N. Halsted St. 773-857-0571
After the bars and clubs on this stretch of Halsted Street shutter for the night, your late-night meal awaits here in the form of signature maki and Thai staples such as pad kee mao.

Chilam Balam
3023 N. Broadway 773-296-6901
The menu at this garden-level Mexican eatery changes often, but you can always count on plenty of grilled meats, complex sauces and fresh seafood. Bring a bottle of red wine to make your own sangria or tequila to spike the house-made margarita mix.

Kanok
3422 N. Broadway 773-529-2525
Tote along your own bottle of sake and order the $22 all-you-can-eat sushi deal with a table of fellow fish lovers. The menu also features rice and noodle dishes, bento boxes and Asian-American mash-ups such as a bulgogi burger.

HB Home Bistro
3404 N. Halsted St. 773-661-0299
This bustling neighborhood standby from chef-owner Joncarl Lachman serves hearty European-inspired dishes such as rabbit with spaetzle and mussels with fries. You can’t go wrong bringing along a Belgian-style ale or dry sparkling wine to sip with dinner.

Joy’s Noodles & Rice
3257 N. Broadway 773-327-8330
This noodle house is a neighborhood standby for affordable noodle, rice and curry dishes, plus snackable starters such as fried wontons and chicken satay that, for the most part, ring in at $5 or less.