A New Guide to BYOB dining in the Metroplex, eatsBYOB.com

Holly Johnson takes a zealot's approach to imbibing in a glass of red with dinner. She doesn't always like to be told what to drink and how much to pay for it. So, she set out on a mission to find every BYOB restaurant in the Dallas region, and luckily for us, she's sharing her list.

And I think we can all agree that while sometimes it's nice to go out and have a great meal paired with a fancy-pants wine, every now and then, it's better more economical to bring your own bottle.

That's why Johnson decided to start eatsBYOB.com, an ever-evolving list of BYOB restaurants in North Texas.

Johnson spent the past two months scouring the area and then called each spot to verify the status. For instance, often a new restaurant will temporarily offer BYOB as an option before it get their liquor license.

At this point, Johnson feels comfortable that she's given her list a thorough parsing.

"The thing with BYOB establishments is the status fluctuates, therefore there is no guarantee they will still BYOB," Johnson said. "I will continuously be tracking what other information I can find, in addition to allowing people to submit their recommendation through the website."

On the eatsBYOB website, a search for restaurants can be broken down by city, specific neighborhoods and types of cuisine. Counties on the site include Collin, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant.

A frugal, detail-oriented drinker with gumption. You're the whole package, Ms. eatsBYOB.

If you have any suggestions or leads, contact Holly through the website or EatsBYOB Facebook page.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.