While Chicago’s restaurants, coffee shops, and bars have indoor and outdoor dining that is now open to the public (with restrictions), the pandemic is still raging and some individuals may not feel comfortable eating out until there is viable treatment or a vaccine. This is why delivery and take-out are still extremely valuable options for individuals who want to continue to support small businesses.
Knowing what options we have for take-out and delivery is just as important as it was at the beginning of the pandemic. Even though “eating-in” may not feel as exciting as “eating out,” our community is lucky to have a plethora of diverse veggie spots that are offering dynamic take-out and delivery options as the pandemic continues.
Chef Yari posts menus featuring their daily options so treat yourself to some delicious and distinctive Puerto Rican and Honduran food! They also have vegetarian and vegan options of Puerto Rican and Honduran classics. Where else can you find this?! Try one of their satiating Jibarito sandwiches (jackfruit/eggplant options) or a classically complex Mofongo with their award-winning flan!
Get your wine and cocktail classics from Scofflaw/Outside Voices while indulging in those Beyond Meat favorite such as their burgers and vegan/meat “fast food style” tacos. Wanting some veggies, order the crispy gojuchang brussels sprouts which will blow your mind.
Everyone loves Yaba in the neighborhood because not only is his food insanely good but he is also such a sweetheart. It’s never too hot for lentil soup, nor can you ever get sick of classic hummus, baba ganoush, and crispy falafel.
I miss those days of drinking red wine inside while chomping on some Kofta Makhani. But I can do it from the comfort of my own home! Wow your senses with some Indo-Chinese Gobi Manchurian, Paneer Butter Masala and Dal Makhani. Soak up those sultry sauces with some Garlic Naan and Onion Kulcha.
This vegetarian and vegan spot can’t get any better with their comfort food during these scary times. Tofu buffalo wings, beet burgers, and cheesy Italian sandwiches never get old even when you’re eating them at home.
Change up your taco habits and get some tasty spinach and artichoke tamales with creamy vegetarian refried beans! If you want to add some excitement to your Tuesday night, you can also order their Michelada/Bloody Mary mix.
This Chicago vegetarian institution is versatile for any season because when it’s hot you can treat yourself to one of their award-winning vegan shakes (my personal favorite is the chocolate chip cookie dough shake) and when it’s cold you can warm up with their vegan chili. For a full feast, just order the Radical Reuben and you will not regret it.
Explore Nepalese and Indian cuisine with Logan Square’s newer and welcomed addition to the South Asian food scene. They also have an outdoor pick-up window, which makes anyone feel less anxious while getting take-out. Get your greens with their Palak Paneer and travel to a different part of the world with their Vegetable Chow-Mein, which is a fusion of East Asian flavors and Nepalese spices.
After closing because of the pandemic, Table, Donkey, and Stick changed their business model and decided to start baking their artisan pizzas with fresh and local ingredients like ramps and roasted garlic. But you can also still order their classics such as their cheese/charcuterie plates and potato latkes.
Lula Café has also changed their business model and has recently “reopened” offering meal kits, their classic “farm to table” dinners (with vegetarian and vegan options). An exciting summer addition is their outdoor pick-up window where you can order cold brew, iced tea, pastries and snacks for your next picnic.
Speaking of picnics, have you tried Beautiful Rind – the new specialty cheese shop and restaurant that opened in the middle of a pandemic?! Now you can really up your picnic game with ordering a selection of their cheeses, which are accompanied by their carefully crafted dips, jellies, and more. You can also order some refreshing orange wine and pimento cheddar sandwiches if you’re craving a little extra something with your cheese plate.
Featured photo: Shanti Chu