Now that you can get pretty much anything delivered (including cocktails—thank you, Cocktail Courier!), there’s no excuse for ordering cheap pizza whenever you can’t face cooking. Take advantage of delivery options like GrubHub, DoorDash, Caviar and Postmates, which will bring some of the city's best ramen, barbecue and more from Chicago restaurants to your living room in no time.
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Nothing beats a steaming bowl of soup when it’s windy and cold outside. Yusho’s mushroom ramen is warming and earthy, while the pork miso ramen, with a gooey 60-minute egg, brings some heat. Don’t limit yourself to ramen—house-made pickles are tangy, and the twice-fried chicken is juicy and crisp. Via GrubHub.
Publican Quality Meats serves some of the best sandwiches in town, but when you're craving a Parm #2 and can't get away from the office, you can get the superlative chicken parmesan sandwich delivered. The menu is constantly changing, but you'll always find the "return of the gyro," braised pork belly with raita and escalivada on griddled flatbread. PQM will also deliver cheese plates, charcuterie and salads, so take your co-workers' orders and be the new office hero. Delivers via DoorDash and Postmates.
When not even Balena’s cozy upstairs dining room can lure you out, order in some of the Italian restaurant’s greatest hits, like orecchiette tossed with kale, lemon and bread crumbs, or pizza, like a fennel-, sausage- and onion-topped pie that puts most delivery pizza to shame. For dessert, add a pint of nutty housemade pistachio gelato to your order. Via Caviar, DoorDash and GrubHub.
If you're looking for a quick way to warm up, look no further than the Roost's hot chicken sandwiches. You can order a sandwich meal (in your choice of mild, medium or hot—a warning, the hot is truly spicy) for a mere $9, picking either a brioche bun or a buttermilk biscuit. It comes with two sides, and we're pretty much always picking the hand cut potato chips and mac and cheese. Via GrubHub.
Warm up with an order of hearty chilis rellenos, filled with squash and topped with sweet and creamy corn broth, from this Southern-inspired Mexican diner. Start with the garbanzo hush puppies, with rich shrimp cream cheese and pickled cabbage, and add on an order of creamy grits for a nice side. Via DoorDash and GrubHub.
Lillie's Q is one of the city's best barbecue joints and they'll bring juicy hot links, tender tri-tip and pulled pork to your door. Each meat is available in a sandwich or on a platter with a side, like collard greens mingling with ham hock. Hush puppies, packed with pimiento cheese and jalapenos, make a great starter. Delivers via GrubHub and Caviar.
For splurge nights, seafood spot Shaw’s delivers steamed lobsters or oysters on the half shell. But the menu also includes options more appropriate for when you’re just binge-watching Netflix—crab cakes have little filler, sashimi is pristine and griddled shrimp are garlicky and plump. Via GrubHub and Postmates.
This Ukrainian Village café delivers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and yes, the signature sweet Liège waffle is available all day long. Round out your dinner with a cheese board, crostini and spreads, and elegant entrees like the seed-crusted trout, served with charred eggplant puree and spinach. Via Caviar.
Find more of the best restaurants in Chicago
Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept as where to find the best burgers. Hence it's with an equal passion for worthwhile splurges and cheap eats that we present our picks for the best restaurants in Chicago. (Tip: Begin or end your culinary adventures at one of Chicago's best cocktail bars.)