While you’re able to dine at many of Chicago’s best restaurants, sometimes you want to enjoy a quality restaurant meal from the safety (and warmth) of your own home. Some of our city's best brunches, lunches, dinners, drinks, and desserts are still available for takeout and delivery. With more restaurants opening back up each day, here are some of the best dishes and drinks to try while supporting independent restaurants around Chicago. Note that offerings are changing frequently, so be sure to check out each restaurant’s website or social media for the latest updates.
Chicago classic, Lula Cafe offers takeout from its walkup window Thursday-Sunday. Grab a breakfast sandwich like the Royale with sausage, scrambled egg, sweet corn romesco, marinated kale, and feta on sweet corn brioche or a brunch box with a breakfast burrito or tofu scramble. Cost: $11 for Royale, $24 for brunch box. Online ordering available.
Travelle, located inside The Langham Chicago, is featuring many of Chef Jeff Vucko’s seasonal menu favorites for delivery (in addition to dine in). We recommend his take on a lobster roll with huge chunks of lobster meat, brown buttered Hollandaise, celery and pickled peppers, plus your choice of fries or a side salad. Cost: $32, order via Tock daily from 12-8pm and pick up at the host stand.
Chicago favorite, Monteverde, is up and running with a to-go operation in addition to indoor and outdoor seating. On Sundays, Monteverde serves a Whole Bird Chicken Parm stuffed with a sausage, chicken, and cheese mixture. Monteverde also offers a variety of market staples from homemade pastas, sauces and condiments, to specialty meats and produce. Cost: $40, available for curbside pickup and delivery.
You’ve probably heard the rave reviews about chef Carlos Gaytan’s French-Mexican fare at Tzuco, but don’t sleep on the excellent house-made pastries from head baker, Karen Trejo. On weekends you can score a box of fresh pastries including a Cheese & Guava roll, Choco Cocada (croissant dough with Nutella and toasted coconut), Oaxacan Chocolatin (Mexican chocolate croissant), and Passion Fruit Garibaldi (upside down muffin with passion fruit jam and sugar pearls). They’re all as delicious as they are beautiful. Cost: $14. Order online for pickup or delivery Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.
Lakeview’s Coda di Volpe launched a takeout-only pizza window, The Foxhole, featuring Sicilian-style pies like the spicy pepperoni (emphasis on spicy). The crust is a blend of chewy-meets-crispy undercarriage. Save room for the homemade gelato brioche sandwiches in flavors like strawberry crunch, salted pistachio, and vanilla fudge swirl. Cost: $4.50 per slice, $24 for a half pan, $38 for a full pan, $5 for a gelato sandwich
Chicago favorite, The Bristol, continues to reinvent itself. It now offers a rotating monthly family meal featuring the season’s best ingredients to be prepped at home. The latest menu includes a gem salad, BBQ skirt steak, Brussels sprouts, root vegetable mash, housemade pickles, and mini apple crostatas. Pair your meal with wines by the bottle or a large format cocktail. Cost: $35 per adult, $15 per kid, two person minimum. Pre-order for pick-up or delivery.
The Bar at Moody Tongue just launched a Sunday brunch menu that is also available for takeout or delivery. Dishes like the fried chicken and grits with mushroom conserva and house hot sauce can be delivered alongside Moody Tongue’s beers (the fried chicken pairs best with the Sliced Nectarine IPA). Current beer limited releases include the Frozen Banana Hefeweizen plus classics like the Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison. Specialty barrel-aged beers are also available like the Bourbon Barrel Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout. Cost: $17 for fried chicken and grits, $9-30 for four-packs, $13-33 for growlers (plus $5 for a new growler). Brunch is available for curbside pickup or delivery each Sunday
If you haven’t tried the jerk chicken from Garifuna Flava yet, you’ve been missing out. The restaurant is offering a convenient family meal pack loaded with two pounds of jerk chicken and jerk sauce and a choice of three sides like plantains, potato salad, or rice and beans. Cost: $35, available for pickup or delivery.
Sure, you’ve heard of the Dirty Burg at The Loyalist by now, but have you tried the Dirty Diane? Steak Diane meets burger with maitake mushrooms, capers, and Cognac. It’s saucy and ultra messy, so make sure you’re well stocked with napkins. Cost: $22, available for pickup or delivery.
West Loop’s Nonna’s (from the team behind Formento’s) makes a killer chicken Parm. It’s the perfect comfort food to enjoy when you don’t want to leave the couch, or when you need a WFH break. Don’t forget to add a side of housemade giardiniera for an extra kick. Cost: $13 plus $1 for giardiniera, available for takeout or delivery.
Celebrating a special occasion in quarantine or don’t really need an excuse to buy a cake? Check out the luscious caramel cake from Brown Sugar Bakery, a fluffy two or four layer cake enrobed in caramel icing. Cost: $49.99 for a four layer cake, $29.99 for a two layer cake, $5 for a slice. Curbside pickup available Thursday-Saturday.
You probably never expected to see the day when Au Cheval burgers were available via takeout or delivery. No more waiting hours upon hours for the classic double patty cheeseburger with dijonnaise, onions and pickles. Cost: $13.95, available for pickup or delivery.
Michelin-starred Alinea Group is offering several rotating takeout options from its restaurants including a to-go brunch experience complete with Roister’s famous fried chicken (and waffles), smoked corn beef hash, and a blueberry yogurt parfait with Marcona almond granola. Cost: $29.95 per person. Pre-order via Tock.
Who says you can’t enjoy a quality seafood takeout experience? Looking for a fancy seafood meal at home? Order some of Joe’s famous stone crabs (available by the pound) served with Joe’s famous mustard sauce. Pair it with a Seafood Chopped Salad, steak, and a slice of homemade key lime pie. Tack on a bottle of wine or a cocktail kit to make it a true date night at home. Cost: $59.95-$89.95 for a pound of stone crabs
Craving an indulgent family spread? Crab Cellar’s family-style dinner which includes steamed Alaskan king crab legs, prime burgers, hush puppies with jalapeño crema, mac & cheese, fries, coleslaw, roasted broccoli, and slices of signature coconut cake. Cost: $199 for 4 or $109 for 2, plus tax and gratuity. Available for delivery and carryout with curbside pick-up (call 773-248-1737 to order and arrange a pick-up time).
Now’s the chance to try Frontera Grill’s classic dishes from famed Chef Rick Bayless at home. We love the tacos with your choice of wood-grilled skirt steak, portabella mushrooms, chicken or duck breast, served with handmade tortillas, roasted poblano rajas, black beans, guacamole, and two salsas. Cost: $18, available for pickup.
A little sweet treat pick-me-up can be yours from classic Chicago shop, Margie’s Candies. All ice cream and sweets are available for takeout and delivery. We recommend the classic Turtle Sundae with two scoops of homemade French vanilla ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, cherry, and housemade caramel and hot fudge. Sure, it doesn’t come in a takeout clam shell, but you can at least enjoy it from the comfort of your couch. Cost: $5.75
Your brunch, dinner, and late-night cravings haven’t changed just because you’re staying safe indoors. Fortunately you can still get all of your favorite dishes delivered right to your door, while also supporting the restaurant industry that has given you so many meals and memories. Uber Eats is making it possible for you to give directly to your favorite restaurants at checkout, and 100% of contributions go directly to the restaurants. You can also eat, save, and support local restaurants with a one-month free trial of their Eats Pass. Uber will give $1 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund for every new Eats Pass subscriber. See app for details.
Galit is typically one of the toughest reservations in town, but they’re offering a daily rotating selection of their most popular dishes for takeout. Galit fans and newbies alike will enjoy the ultra-smooth hummus paired with coal-fired pita or labneh with sumac and sesame. Crispy falafel and a braised beef shank are other fantastic options. Bottles of wine and beer, plus cocktail mixers are also available to add onto your takeout meal. Cost: $10 for hummus, $13 for labneh. Orders can be placed online and curbside pickup and delivery is available.
Order curbside pickup or delivery from the low and slow BBQ masters at Smoque. The famous brisket can be yours sliced or chopped and paired with a side like slaw, cornbread, beans, or mac and cheese. Cost: $17.45, call 773-545-7427 or place a pickup or delivery order online.
While Naoki Sushi shut down in December, it’s re-emerging as a delivery-only restaurant. Classics like the Rainbow Roll with tuna, salmon, shrimp, cucumber, and avocado are on the menu for you to mix and match with other maki, sashimi, and nigiri, or opt for the dinner for two with miso soup, two types of nigiri and two types of maki. Cost: $18 for Rainbow Roll, $49 for dinner for two. Order via Grubhub or call 312-428-3548.
Gibson’s Italia is another typically tough reservation to score, but now you can indulge in housemade pastas, seafood, steaks, and more, for takeout or delivery. Try the gold-extruded Fusilli with beef and onion sugo, Pecorino Romano, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Cost: $19, order pickup or delivery.
If you’ve been thinking about a meal from Bavette’s, you’re in luck as they’re offering takeout every Wednesday-Sunday. You’ll find your favorite Bavette’s dishes including the Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad, Dry Aged Burger, and the rich Chocolate Cream Pie with Oreo crust. Sharing is optional. Cost: $12-$13.50, available for pick up or delivery daily from 4:30pm-9:30pm.
With fall temperatures in Chicago, it’s a great time to order a bowl of High Five’s signature ramen. Get a bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen with sliced pork belly, ramen noodles, seasoned egg, black garlic oil, bean sprouts, and fresh scallions for pick up or delivery. Cost: $16.95, available for pick up and delivery.
Looking for a mid-week breakfast boost? Beatrix offers their staple breakfast items for carryout and delivery from its Streeterville location. Try the signature Light & Fluffy Lemon Pancakes with blackberries and lemon syrup. Go ahead and tack on a slice of the mind blowing Oh My! Caramel Pie, we won’t judge. Cost: $12.50 for pancakes, $7.95 for a slice of pie, available for carryout or delivery.
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