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The 40 best restaurants for delivery and takeout in Chicago

You can get food delivered straight to your couch from Chicago’s top restaurants

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
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Some of the best restaurants in Chicago will bring the feast straight to your doorstep thanks to the modern convenience of delivery service. Whether you're craving pepperoni-studded pizza, crispy fried chicken, soul-soothing ramen or one of the tastiest burgers in Chicago, the options at your fingertips are nearly endless. Next time delivery cravings hit, consider ordering from a local Chicago restaurant rather than the big national chains—it'll taste and feel better, we promise. And this should go without saying, but be a decent human and tip your delivery driver (or biker!) generously. Fire up your favorite app and explore the best restaurants for delivery in Chicago.

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Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Urbanbelly

Wicker Park

Chef Bill Kim keeps our bellies happy with his playful menu of Asian staples, like addictive dumplings in flavors like pork and cilantro and chicken red curry. You'll want to save room for hearty entrees like ramen with braised pork belly, creamy coconut curry pho, fried rice bowls and Thai fried chicken. The little ones won't feel left out: The kids' menu offers fan-favorites like fried katsu chicken over jasmine rice and ramen noodle soup.

Find it on: Caviar

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants

etta

Wicker Park

This Wicker Park darling offers a loaded family-style package that changes daily, but expect to see some classic menu items, like fire-baked focaccia, hearty pastas and sweets from Aya Pastry. The base menu includes five seasonally-minded dishes, but guests can opt to upgrade their order with pizza or an additional entrée. And don't forget the wine: Shop etta's cellar when you toss in a bottle of pinot noir or champagne to enjoy with dinner.

Find it on: Caviar

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Restaurants

MCCB Chicago

Armour Square

MCCB—short for Modern Chinese Cook Book—specializes in Sichuan- and Canton-style cuisines, which translates to flavor-packed dishes that don't shy away from mixing unexpected ingredients. Choose from menu items like lychee-apple grilled whole fish, Dan Dan-style pork fried rice and dessert soup made with papaya and wood ear mushroom.

Find it on: Grubhub

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Photograph: Jason Little
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Frontier

River West/West Town

It's easy to remember chef Brian Jupiter's to-go family meal: Feed four for just $44. Poll your roomies or your family to figure out which kit you'll get; you can choose from a whole smoked chicken, pulled pork sliders or fried chicken sandwiches. No matter which route you go, expect expertly paired sides, like mac and cheese, kale salad or buttered rolls. We have a feeling that no one will protest if you toss in banana chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert.

Find it on: Toast

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Antique Taco
Photograph: Morgan Olsen
Restaurants, Mexican

Antique Taco

Wicker Park

Boasting locations in Wicker Park and Bridgeport, this beloved taco shop forgoes tradition in favor of creativity—with varieties like market mushroom, sweet and spicy chicken, and potato and poblano. Toss in some shareable sides, too: The guacamole is just right, and the chili cheese curds arrive swimming in chorizo chili, cilantro crema and pickled jalapeños.

Find it on: Caviar (Wicker Park and Bridgeport)

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Alinea

Lincoln Park

Many Chicago restaurants that have never dabbled in the delivery scene have been forced to explore their options, following Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order that all bars and eateries must close their doors to dine-in guests to help curb the spread of coronavirus. But here's one name we never expected to see on the list: Alinea, Chicago's only three-Michelin-starred establishment. The fine-dining destination is using Tock to push out a weekly pickup menu. Up first, a three-course menu that includes beef short rib wellington, 50-50 mashed potatoes and crème brûlée. Here's the real kicker: They're charging just $34.95 per person. It's no 15-course Alinea menu with edible balloons, but we'll absolutely take it!

Find it on: Tock

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Sushi-san
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Seafood

Sushi-san

River North

When sushi cravings hit, you better have an emergency contact in your phone. The good folks at Sushi-san are happy to deliver your fix, with a menu of maki, nigiri, tempura and more. But perhaps the smartest way to order is to first select a San-Set, like the Mega, with eight pieces of nigiri, 12 bites of sashimi and two rolls. Toss in anything else you might need (edamame, Kirin light) and let the sushi experts do the rest.

Find it on: Caviar

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Photograph: Morgan Olsen
Restaurants

Mini Mott

Logan Square

Allow us to count the reasons why we love this burger. There's the pillowy bun and the gooey American cheese, the tangy hoisin aioli and those crunchy sweet potato frizzles. And dare we forget about the sweet and spicy pickled jalapeños! This burger is pure perfection, and luckily, you can get it ferried straight to your front door whenever you need it.

Find it on: Grubhub, Caviar and Postmates

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Pretty Cool Ice Cream
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

Logan Square

There's never been a better time to stock your freezer with nostalgia-inducing, sprinkle-coated popsicles from this Logan Square ice-creamery. Owner and pastry wizard Dana Salls Cree creates cravable flavors like peanut butter-potato chip, blue moon and orange dreamsicle. Do yourself a favor and order five or six to stash away for a rainy day.

Find it on: Grubhub

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Restaurants, Latin American

Irazú

Bucktown

Never tried Costa Rican food? This spot is simple, authentic, cheap, supercasual and friendly—just what the doctor ordered. Start with the hearts of palm salad—tangy stalks on a bed of shredded cabbage tossed in a lime vinaigrette, along with radishes, cilantro, cucumber, pickled beets and ripe avocado. Make it a meal by adding the steak-and-beans “pepito” sandwich and sweet plantains. Don't forget an oatmeal shake for dessert (sounds strange, tastes great).

Find it on: Uber Eats, Grubhub, Caviar and DoorDash

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants

Funkenhausen

River West/West Town

Funkify your dinner routine with a fully customizable meal for two or four, featuring some of Funkenhausen's top eats. Both menus feature smoked Amish chicken, soft pretzels and your choice of sides, like cheesy spaetzle, garlic whipped mashed potatoes and charred broccolini. Round out your order with a Bavarian pilsner or a bottle of rosé.

Find it on: Grubhub and DoorDash

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Restaurants, American creative

Entente

River North

You shouldn't have to give up the finer things in life just because you're stuck in quarantine, and chef Brian Fisher is here to assist with dry-aged duck and caviar service to go. Available for delivery and takeout Thursday through Sunday, Entente's family meals allow diners to choose a sharable feast for two to four adults. Entrée options include handmade pasta in lamb bolognese, chicken tikka masala, jerk chicken, grilled short rib and whole roasted dry-aged duck. Each meal comes with several hearty sides and expertly crafted desserts, and you can even toss in caviar service or a bottle of wine if you want to kick things up a notch.

Find it on: Tock

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, American

The Duck Inn

Bridgeport

Missing Time Out Market Chicago eateries Duck Inn Dogs and Decent Beef? You can get your fix via delivery and stock up on all your favorite Duck Inn delicacies while you're at it (yes, even the whole rotisserie duck!). And get this: Early birds can also order brunch eats like sweet sticky buns, smoked salmon avocado toast and a classic egg sando with sausage and maple syrup onions on a brioche bun.

Find it on: Uber Eats, Grubhub and Caviar 

Birria taco at Birrieria Zaragoza
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Restaurants, Mexican

Birrieria Zaragoza

Archer Heights

Thick handmade tortillas, salsas made to order, cinnamon-laced coffee. You can get all of that here. Their only purpose, however, is to accompany this restaurant’s signature platters of chopped goat meat. As opposed to other birrierias, this goat doesn’t touch a consommé until it’s plated, when some of the tomato-based broth is spooned over it. At that point, a good dousing of the restaurant’s intricate hot sauce, and maybe a squeeze of lime and some onions, is all you need for one of the city’s best goat tacos.

Find it on: DoorDash and Uber Eats

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Boudin Noir and baked potato bread at Parachute.
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Restaurants, Korean

Parachute

Avondale

Trying to pull off date night at home? This sweet Avondale eatery from husband-and-wife team Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark has you covered with its "Dinner for Two" deal. Your shareable spread includes the world-famous bing bread, a shareable entrée, steamed rice, three kinds of pickles, toasted nori and the kitchen's daily dessert. Go ahead and toss in a branded tote bag or a bottle of Italian wine.

Find it on: Caviar

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Restaurants, Japanese

High Five Ramen

West Loop

Ramen is one of the most undeniably comforting dishes on the planet—what with its belly-warming broth, toothsome noodles, tender hunks of pork and molten eggs. And right about now, we could all use an extra serving of comfort. One of the city's most exclusive and elusive ramen bars is happy to oblige with delivery and takeout of its beloved tonkatsu bowl, which is loaded with sliced pork belly, curly noodles, a seasoned egg, black garlic oil, bean sprouts and scallions—all swimming in a deeply savory pork-miso broth.

Find it on: Caviar

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Restaurants, Pizza

The Art of Pizza

Lake View

What makes Art Shabez's slices stand out in a bona fide pizza town like Chicago? Sure, the gooey mozzarella, fennel-flecked Italian sausage and market-fresh veggies are all stellar, but the real star of the show is the fan-favorite red sauce, which bursts with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh oregano and basil, and a faint hint of red pepper. Luckily for us, we can get our hands on these loaded slices whenever a craving hits, thanks to easy-peasy delivery and takeout service.

Find it on: Slice

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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Community Tavern

Portage Park

If you feel like jazzing up your delivery order this weekend, bust out your placemats, set the table and call in an order to Community Tavern, a Pan-Asian–inspired New American restaurant in Portage Park. The burger is one of the best in Chicago, but we're also addicted to the short rib dumplings and the crispy rice noodles with lemongrass chicken and crunchy bok choy. Go ahead and toss in an order of the four-layer coconut cake for good measure.

Find it on: Caviar and Grubhub

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Jeong
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Restaurants, Korean

Jeong

River West/West Town

The folks behind critically acclaimed new restaurant Jeong are taking a trip down memory lane by temporarily resurrecting their suburban strip-mall eatery Hanbun, which shuttered back in 2018. Owners Dave Park and Jennifer Tran decided to revive their beloved stall after the state ordered that all restaurants close their doors to dine-in guests to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The Hanbun pop-up will offer pickup and delivery, though it's worth noting you won't find them on Grubhub; to keep costs down, family and friends will help drive orders to customers, so please tip extra generously.

Find it on: jeongchicago.com

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Restaurants, Thai

Aroy Thai

Lincoln Square

Thai food works incredibly well for delivery, what with its saucy noodles and curries, crispy appetizers and herb-filled salads. Aroy tops our list as one of the best options in town, with a comprehensive menu of familiar standbys (pad thai and panang curry) as well as some more adventurous eats, like the spicy sai ua sausage served with ginger, fresh Thai pepper and salted peanuts.

Find it on: Grubhub

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The pastries at Cafecito make it a top Cuban restaurant in Chicago.
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Restaurants, Cuban

Cafecito

Loop

You don’t have to claim a bunk at the adjacent Hostel International to get your hands on one of this café’s ridiculously good Cuban sandwiches. Sure, sides of roasted eggplant, cannellini bean salad and briny artichokes are flavorful, but there’s no confusion over the star of the show: The Cubano’s crusty bread is toasted just right, its roast pork juicy, its pickles thick, and its mustard and gooey cheese plentiful.

Find it on: Postmates and Grubhub

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Photograph: Morgan Olsen
Restaurants, Contemporary American

The Purple Pig

Streeterville

All of the Purple Pig's most iconic eats are now available for delivery, including those salt-roasted beets with whipped goat cheese, tender chicken thigh kebabs and the lick-your-plate-clean delicious ricotta gnocchi. You can even order a half duck with greek yogurt, smoked trout roe and pillowy brioche buns.

Find it on: Grubhub and Caviar

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Photograph: Clayton Hauck
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Parson’s Chicken & Fish

Logan Square

We'll skip the niceties and get straight to the point: You can get Parson's signature Negroni slushies delivered. Yeah, our jaws are on the floor, too. On the food front, there's a lot to choose from: fried chicken or fish, nuggets, sandos, hush puppies and all the classic sides. Take your spread out to your balcony and pretend you're sitting on Parson's umbrella-lined patio.

Find it on: Caviar

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Acadia

Near South Side

If you live near chef Ryan McCaskey's South Loop institution, consider upgrading tonight's dinner routine with Michelin-worthy carryout. The folks at Acadia are spotlighting some of their best bar eats, so you can fill your living room table with crab and kimchi fried rice, lobster grilled cheese, lemon pepper curly fries and a stacked burger, which is decked out with caramelized onions, American cheese, mayo and pickles. There's plenty of booze to choose from, too, with bottles of beer from Moody Tongue and cocktail kits for the taking.

Find it on: Toast

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Wherewithall

Avondale

One of the things we love most about this Avondale hotspot is that the menu is constantly changing—and the same goes for its takeout offerings. You can have a beautiful, seasonally focused brunch or dinner for two or four ferried straight to your door. For brunch, expect dishes like smoked trout with fried eggs, lemon pancakes with currant syrup and fried potatoes; for dinner, diners can anticipate fresh-baked bread, salad, a hearty main (like adobo chicken), a starch and dessert.

Find it on: Caviar

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Restaurants, Hamburgers

The Region

Portage Park

Channeling old-school burger joints in Northwest Indiana, the Region is known for its smash burger, with an iconic, lacey-edged patty that extends well past the bun. Every inch of crispy beef is dressed with American cheese, mayo-based Region sauce, bright green relish and onion. It's the only burger that's ever made us want to travel to Indiana. Lucky for you, you don't even have to walk outside to enjoy it if you don't want to.

Find it on: Caviar and Grubhub

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Tortello
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Restaurants, Italian

Tortello

Wicker Park

Owner Dario Monni brings decades worth of beloved family recipes to life at this Wicker Park pasta shop. Choose from creamy cacio e pepe, sausage-studded chiusoni, classic spaghetti with pomodoro or tortelli stuffed with gooey burrata. If you'd rather play chef, order a pound of fresh pasta and an 8-ounce serving of beef ragu for a homemade meal that's simple and comforting—*chef's kiss!*

Find it on: Caviar and Postmates

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Restaurants, Argentinian

5411 Empanadas

Lincoln Park

There's something incredibly comforting about warm little pockets of baked dough stuffed with meats, veggies and cheeses. The empanada experts at 5411 specialize in non-traditional flavor combinations, like mushroom, thyme and blue cheese; bacon, date and goat cheese; and sweet corn, béchamel sauce and mozzarella cheese. Three or four empanadas feed a hungry adult, but that shouldn't stop you from tossing in one last handheld for dessert—packed with ripe bananas and oozy Nutella.

Find it on: ChowNow, Grubhub and UberEats

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Winner Winner Chicken

Come summertime, we love hanging out on the patio at Saint Lou's Assembly, but for now, we'll get our fix with their under-the-radar delivery-only concept, Winner Winner Chicken. The menu's all about rotisserie chicken, with whole and half birds, wings, nuggets and salads. The combo meals offer the best bang for your buck, with a whole rotisserie chicken, sourdough toast, three sauces and three sides for $24. If you're dining solo, a half order is available for $15.

Find it on: Caviar

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants

A Place by Damao

Bridgeport

Transporting diners to the streets of Chengdu, A Place by Damao deals in heat and flavor. Set your taste buds ablaze with spicy braised duck wings, spicy Chengdu fries and supple handmade bell dumplings. Almost everything here comes rubbed or topped with mouth-tingling szechuan pepper, so pad your order with the warm jelly cake with black sugar for relief at the end of the meal.

Find it on: Grubhub

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Bars, Lounges

Scofflaw

Logan Square

For nights when you need a cheeseburger and a bottle of gin delivered straight to your doorstep, Scofflaw is happy to hook it up. Order a variety of dishes from the Logan Square gin bar and its sister spot Moonlighter, including roasted squash with whipped tahini, vegan tacos and carrot cake. Upgrade your order cans of Miller High Life, bottles of wine or Scofflaw's in-house Old Tom gin.

Find it on: scofflawchicago.com

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Restaurants, Japanese

Furious Spoon

Wicker Park

Ramen? For delivery? Just go with us on this one. The folks at Furious Spoon package their famously toothsome noodles on the side so that nothing gets soggy in your driver's car. The namesake Furious bowl boasts a spicy miso pork broth with house-made chashu, tender dumplings, crispy shallots, marinated 'shrooms and a perfectly poached egg. Add beer, draft sake or wine to your order if you please.

Find it on: Caviar

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MingHin
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Chinese

MingHin Cuisine

Armour Square

Most of MingHin's expansive menu is available at your fingertips, with shrimp dumplings, BBQ spare ribs and mango pudding just a click away. You can even order a whole BBQ duck or special cage-free chicken for delivery—the ultimate party move in our opinion. Only two of MingHin's locations (Chinatown and Lakeshore East) are offering carryout and delivery at the moment, so make sure you're in the delivery zone before calling in your order.

Find it on: Grubhub and Seamless

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Restaurants, Soul and southern American

The Budlong

Lincoln Park

Up until recently, all attempts to bring Nashville-style hot chicken to Chicago have been hampered by unfortunate missteps, from texturally weird breading to too-viscous, barbecue sauce-like cayenne paste to wimpy spicing. Enter the Budlong, a snug new spot frying up hot chicken that hits all the right notes. That is to say, the chicken is briny, the breading is shatteringly crisp, and the cayenne paste that coats it gets you sweating and stains your fingers just the right shade of atomic red.

Find it on: thebudlong.com

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Temporis

River West/West Town

A Michelin-starred meal at home? Believe it. The folks at this fine-dining destination in West Town are making it easy to class up date night in quarantine with a prix fixe dinner for two, which includes a salad, entree and dessert. The lineup changes, but expect high-end hearty eats, like short ribs with cheddar grits and a brownie laced with brown sugar ganache. You can even toss in a bottle of wine to really set the mood.

Find it on: Caviar

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Restaurants, Bakeries

Do-Rite Donuts

Loop

We get it: Sometimes only a box of doughnuts will do. Do-Rite makes some of the best in town, in drool-inducing flavors like Valrhona chocolate cake, cinnamon old fashioned and Michigan apple fritter. They've even got a robust selection of vegan (orange olive oil) and gluten-free (birthday cake) sweets so that everyone can indulge.

Find it on: ChowNow

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Hot dogs

Portillo's

River North

This über-efficient local chain, begun in Villa Park in 1963, is mostly found in the suburbs. But at the one city Portillo's, in tourist-heavy River North, out-of-towners flock in search of an authentic Chicago dog. The thick, nicely juicy dog comes on poppyseed bun steamed to perfect softness and with a generous helping of thick-cut tomatoes, onions and a hefty pickle slice.

Find it on: Grubhub

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Restaurants, Fusion

Kimski

Bridgeport

Polish and Korean flavors collide with delicious results at this Bridgeport darling. See what all the hype is about with fusion eats like the Ko-Po beef, with marinated bulgogi-style ribeye, muenster cheese, gochujang butter, shishito peppers, caramelized onions—all on a soft brioche bun. It's just crazy enough to work.

Find it on: Caviar and Grubhub

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Brown Bag Seafood
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Restaurants, Seafood

Brown Bag Seafood Co.

Loop

Seafood and fast food don't typically go hand in hand, but the folks at Brown Bag are trying to change that. The quick-service restaurant has locations all over Chicago—from the Loop to Roscoe Village. Simply pick your protein (salmon, crispy cod, curry fish cakes, seared tuna, etc.) and a base (veggies, grains, salad, tacos, etc.), and you'll be on your way in no time. The fish here is deliciously fresh, whether you go with the daily catch or the grilled shrimp. And you can't beat the price: Most meals are well under $15.

Find it on: brownbagseafood.com and DoorDash

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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Rush & Division

If you've reached the point where you need a 48-ounce bone-in porterhouse steak delivered straight to your door, we're not judging—and neither is this iconic Chicago steakhouse. Gibsons' family meal feeds four and includes house salad, your choice of a shareable entrée (like whole rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs and filet medallions), two sides and one dessert. The kitchen's happy to toss in any additional requests from the regular menu, and you can tack on beer and wine, too!

Find it on: DoorDash

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