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Eight delicious dishes to get delivered in Chicago for an al fresco date night

Whether you’re craving a charcuterie plate, a seafood spread or some pasta from one of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago, we have some menu ideas for your next al fresco date night

Written by Zach Long in association with Grubhub
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You’ve set aside some time for a date, found the perfect outfit and tracked down a great spot to dine outdoors. Now you just need to figure out what you’ll be bringing along for dinner. Thankfully, some of the best restaurants in Chicago can take care of the cooking for you, leaving you more time to find the best place to spread a blanket in a beautiful Chicago park. 

There’s no need to go searching online for charcuterie board inspiration. The experts at Logan Square cheese shop Beautiful Rind will assemble an impressive meat and cheese plate that you can get delivered. The Meat & 3 board is perfect for sharing, featuring two different cured meats, three cheeses and a small pairing (think mustard, pickles or jelly) to accompany each item.

Don’t feel like firing up the grill? Get the kind of burger you’d probably make if you had a little more time on your hands by ordering from Brgrbelly. Topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, sriracha pickles and your choice of cheese (and cooked to your desired temp), the classic Leadbelly burger provides all the cookout flavor you and your date desire.

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Whether you’re dining al fresco or indoors, pizza is one of the best dishes for a date, mostly because it’s so easy to share (though you will have to come to an agreement on toppings). If you’re ordering a wood-fired pie from Sapori Napoletani in Norwood Park, we recommend the relatively neutral Margherita Pomodoro Fresco, made with fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, parmesan cheese and basil. If you want more adventurous toppings, just order a second pizza!

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Looking for something light and satisfying for your night outdoors? The fusilli at Bridgeport staple Franco's Ristorante is just the ticket, with al dente pasta tossed in a light tomato sauce and garnished with peas and roasted peppers. It’s a vegetarian-friendly dish that doesn’t skip on flavor and it’s very easy to share.

Take the steakhouse experience outside by ordering a juicy cut of meat from Morton’s and sharing it with your significant other. There is no shortage of options on the menu, but the signature 16 oz. Prime New York Strip is your best bet, as it’s easy to divide between two plates. Plus up your meat with “enhancements” like bone marrow butter or Béarnaise sauce—and don’t forget an order of lobster mac and cheese if you’re feeling extra decadent.

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Stage your own al fresco omakase dinner with a gigantic sashimi platter from Uni Sushi, which includes 30 pieces of fish. You and your date can work your way through generous slices of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, escolar, scallop, surf clam, squid, raw shrimp, sweet omelet and cooked shrimp. Just don’t forget to brush up on your chopstick skills!

Looking for a seafood feast that you can share with your special someone? Quality Crab and Oyster Bah will set you up with a half pound of chilled Alaskan king crab legs, a dozen oysters and six jumbo shrimp, accompanied by all the requisite fixings. Yes, it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg, but if you find a nice spot on the shore of Lake Michigan, you may feel like you’re dining by the ocean.

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