This steakhouse in the Gold Coast is determined to make sure we can all still have fancy-ass meals in the midst of a pandemic. They have steaks, fire-roasted seafood, truffle-filled sides, and expensive bottles of wine available. So locate a candelabra (you’re pretty sure you saw one in the alley, right?), break that wrinkled tablecloth out of the closet, and start decorating.
Don't dismiss this River North steakhouse because of its celebrity connections (it's partly owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic). The food here is actually excellent, and the menu has a variety of small plates, salads, and seafood dishes that all deserve equal attention.
The menu at this Israeli spot in Andersonville has a wide range of Middle Eastern dishes. From the pillowy pita to the tahini-rich hummus that’s slick with olive oil to a kachiphuri filled with shakshuka - it’s all delicious. They are currently offering takeout and delivery online.
The menu at S.K.Y is globally inspired with heavy influences from cuisines across Asia. Get their cornbread madeleines, foie gras bibimbap, fried chicken with fermented hot sauce and more for takeout or delivery by placing an order online.
If your goal is to eat the best piece of steak you can possibly find, order from Bavette’s. The bone-in ribeye here is perfectly cooked, and might actually ruin all other steaks for you. That said, some of the best dishes here (like the short rib stroganoff, bone marrow, and fried chicken) aren’t steak at all. And you can get their full menu for takeout and delivery online.
MingHin's menu is large and they are open 365 days a year. You can get tasty entrees like lo mein and rice dishes, but we recommend focusing on the dim sum - especially the pork buns and dumplings, because they have the most consistent dim sum in Chicago.
This Bronzeville spot focuses solely on fried chicken, and their “mother clucker” sandwich is what you need to order. It has a crunchy thigh, squishy brioche bun, and is topped with American cheese, spicy sauce, and pickles. But the desserts are another reason this place stands out - they make an incredible caramel banana pudding and a sweet and savory cornflake sandwich cookie filled with honey buttercream that we promise will improve your life.
Truth Italian specializes in perfectly executed classic Italian dishes perfect for date night. It's also worth noting that this place serves fantastic breakfast (with lots of french toast variations) seven days a week. They are currently offering their full menu for takeout and delivery, including their french toast ready mixes so you can recreate your favorite variation in your kitchen.
Mr Kebab opened in West Rogers Park in September of 2020, and is making some of the best Middle Eastern food in the city. Order either the combination plate (which includes your choice of shawarma, kefta, rice, salad, and pita), a gyro, beef shawarma sandwich, or the vegetarian combo with baba ganoush, hummus, falafel, and dolmas, and plan on immediately turning this place into one of your new favorites.
The Momo World in University Village is a small counter-service Nepali restaurant that specializes in, well, momos. They also have many great non-momo options, which all deserve love too. The spicy aloo cauliflower with potatoes and peas stands out, as well as the must-order pork chili - a slightly sweet mixture of meat and peppers in a thick chili sauce. And while the chalkboard menu is long and can feel overwhelming, there’s really no wrong move here.
This River North Japanese restaurant is serving seriously great food. First of all, the sushi here is fresh and expertly prepared. You can order sashimi, nigiri, and rolls a la carte. The non-sushi dishes here are also tasty and well-executed. Get the octopus taco, pork katsu, or their "nigiri bombs".
This newly opened Filipino restaurant in Ukrainian Village is only open for carryout and delivery. From their unbelievable pastries to their Filipino BBQ, all the food we’ve tried from this all-day spot has been incredible. The BBQ platter’s tocino pork ribs are tender, and their smoky longanisa is the sausage we all need (and deserve) in our lives right now. While we’re at it, everyone also deserves the adobo chicken: a fantastic plate of meaty wings, tangy glaze, and garlic rice.
Vajra is an Indian and Nepali restaurant with fantastic food, and they’re open for delivery and takeout. You’ll find creative small plates like a samosa chaat topped with pomegranate seeds, along with very good curries like the sweet and spicy madras and the cashew tikka masala. And even though it all comes in plastic to-go containers, we swear some dishes (like the chaat) look almost as pretty as they do in the restaurant.
Ciccio Mio in River North is an Italian spot from the same team as Bavette's and Gilt. The menu has antipasti, pasta, and mains, and everything from the lasagna with bolognese to the crispy chicken parmesan is delicious.
Sure, you can easily make a sandwich yourself. But recreating the sandwiches from Tempesta Market would involve a lot of work, and specialty ingredients cost a lot of money. You’re better off just ordering directly from this West Town sandwich shop. Get The Dante (which has an entire deli counter’s worth of house-cured meat and a spicy ’nduja aioli) or the Beet Streets (thinly-shaved beets and apples with homemade almond butter).
This carryout-window in Ukrainian Village sells Sicilian pan-style pizza by the slice (you can also pre-order a full pie) and it’s f*cking fantastic. The thick crust is incredibly light and airy with a slight sourdough-y flavor, and the tomato sauce is rich and spicy. They have a few varieties available, like the charred pepperoni (that are perfect little grease cups) and one of our favorites, the Ruben’s Special - topped with sausage and a delicious housemade giardiniera.
If you’ve had a bad week (or just want a meal that’s guaranteed to put you in a good mood), go to Soule. Their shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and peach cobbler will comfort you whether or not you actually need comforting.
Randomly point at any dish on In-On Thai’s menu and you’ll hit something that’s worth ordering. That’s because everything we’ve eaten here is great. That said, there are a few stand-out dishes you shouldn’t miss. In particular, we like the crispy fish jungle salad, the wonderfully spicy red curry, and the fantastic pad see ew - which has perfectly chewy noodles with just the right amount of char and a not-too-sweet sauce.
During these uncertain times, you can still count on having Bob’s Pilsen-style pizza for pickup and/or delivery. It’s certainly not a real style but has a wonderfully chewy, thin crust with a bubbled puffy edge.
Not only is everything at 5 Rabanitos really good, but it’s also all pretty affordable, ranging from $3-$18 per dish. There’s no such thing as a bad order here, but a good starting point is some guacamole, the green tamale, some tacos, and maybe a torta.