I found myself eating at two chain restaurants recently, against my personal preferences. However, I learned of one thing that made dining there more acceptable, their wine friendly BYO policies. Specifically, Carrabba's Italian Grill (part of the Outback chain group) has a $0 corkage fee. Grand Lux Cafe (higher end of Cheesecake Factory) charged a $5 corkage fee. The glassware, while not crystal, was still large size cab/bordeaux glasses that were quite acceptable for the quality of wine one would bring.