You’ve made up your mind: There’s no way you’re going out this weekend. Not for dinner. Not for drinks. Not for anything. With temperatures predicted to be well below freezing, the majority of folks are planning to hunker down with their DVRs, slow cookers, and each other. But just in case you’re craving something more gourmet than slow-cooker cuisine, we’ve assembled an assortment of our favorite restaurants that deliver. There’s a little Cuban gem, an Italian stunner that also delivers wine by the bottle, and many more. Just in case you’re in an opposite frame of mind–cabin fever compels you to get out of the house no matter what–these spots are also great hangs for a cozy, low-key night out. One more thing: Remember to tip your delivery person generously. After all, it’s cold out there.
90 Miles Cuban Café (2540 W. Armitage Ave. or 3101 N. Clybourn Ave.)
The ropa vieja is certain to warm you all the way down to the bones, and you’ll swear that you died and woke up in Havana. The hearty entree of slow-cooked, shredded beef with onions, peppers and garlic topped with house-made Creole sauce should be shared so you can order a few more dishes. You’ll also want to dig into rabo encendido (oxtail on the bone in red sauce), ground beef-stuffed yuca, and an assortment of empanadas filled with goat cheese, chorizo, shrimp, or spinach.
Arami (1829 W. Chicago Ave.)
A big, hot steaming bowl of noodles should definitely come in handy as you shield yourself from the storm. The signature Arami ramen comes with a broth filled with pork belly, braised beef, house tsukemono, and topped with a poached egg. We’re also big fans of the robata grill, which kicks out juicy skewers of cured pork belly, Wagyu beef, and a number of vegetarian options.
Balena (1633 N. Halsted St.)
Boasting handmade pastas, breads and crusts made in a wood-burning oven, the award-winning, Italian-focused eatery made a lot of folks in Lincoln Park happy when it started delivery service last year. Much of the regular menu is available, so get excited at the thought of 12-inch pizzas topped with fennel sausage, pancetta or Brussels sprouts, wood-roasted salmon, or rigatoni topped with pork ragu. Balena also sells house-made gelato by the pint and a number of wines by the bottle from different regions of Italy.
Fogo To Go (926 W. Diversey Pkwy.)
Not to be confused with Fogo de Chao, this Brazilian-focused BYOB specializes in incredibly tasty chargrilled chicken (don’t forget the signature sauce), plus an alarming number of calzones, pizzas, and side dishes. Quite a few you won’t find on menus around town, such as one topped with lump crab meat, fresh basil, and Old Bay seasoning. Whatever you order, make certain to get a side of black beans infused with bacon. And dessert options are sinfully delicious: The Nutella & strawberry pizza will make you a devoted fan.
Kuma’s (666 W. Diversey Pkwy. or 2900 W. Belmont Ave.)
There are burgers, and then there is Kuma’s. Known for its heavy metal-themed burgers, Kuma’s will also deliver them to you–if you’re within delivery boundaries, of course. That means you can chow down on the Black Sabbath burger (topped with blackening spice, housemade chili, pepperjack, red onion) in the comfort of your own home. It’s also advised to order a side of mac ‘n’ cheese with additions such as Andouille sausage, chicken, caramelized onion, roasted red peppers or bacon.
Shine Restaurant (756 W. Webster Ave)
There’s nothing worse than bad sushi delivery. Really, there isn’t. But one place you can count on is Shine, a longtime standby in Lincoln Park. Service is brisk, and most important, the fish is fresh. You can even count on Shine’s signature rolls to not go overboard with the ingredients. One of the top sellers, the honey roll, packs lots of flavor with only a few items: white tuna, cucumber and sesame honey sauce rolled in tempura crunch.