Where to Order Chicago’s Best Game-Day Grub
Because you should be watching the game, not stuck in the kitchen
Football season returns this month, which means you have a blanket excuse for inviting over pals--and eating crab sliders--on Sundays. So let’s talk takeout options, because who wants to be manning the stove when you could be eating a salted-caramel cupcake on your couch?
Whether you’re reuniting your college buddies or hosting a slightly sophisticated affair, here’s where to order the best game-day eats (and drinks, lest that Bears-Packers showdown on September 13 gets a little tense).
For Hipster Pals
A tip from the down low: It’s not exactly your average sports bar, but sexy, vinyl-scored Ada Street offers game-day takeout that’s slightly sophisticated. Call the restaurant up 24 hours in advance to order its elotes--grilled corn topped with chili oil, chili aioli, Parmesan cheese and fried lime wheels.
1664 N. Ada St.; 773-697-7069 or adastreetchicago.com
For Your College Buds
These are the friends who would rather die than judge you for eating Doritos (and who did, in fact, once eat them with you at 3 a.m.). And AMK offers just the thing. Its Cool Ranch Dorito Pie is a delightfully messy blend of chips, chili, white cheddar cheese and pico de gallo. Just call the restaurant 30 minutes in advance.
1954 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-276-4400 or amkchicago.com
For a True Tailgate Experience
If you find yourself hungry in the parking lot of Soldier Field (or can’t muster up enthusiasm for a Sunday grocery-store run), try the DineAmic restaurant group’s Tailgate Takeout package. Offering menu items from Bull and Bear and Public House--think Buffalo-chicken sliders and “Mac and Tackle”--the packages can be ordered online 72 hours before game day (just select a delivery time) and feed groups of eight to fifteen.
Indulge a crew of foam-finger-wearing meat lovers with takeout charcuterie from Tęte. For $8 to $10 a head, the hearty spread comes with house-made meats, artisan cheeses and the requisite toppings: whole-grain mustard and bread-and-butter pickles.
1114 W. Randolph St.; 312-733-1178 or tetechicago.com
For Lighter Eaters
Game-day treats don’t have to be slathered in barbecue sauce or covered in cozies. For something on the lighter side, take a look at the healthy goodies at Glaze Teriyaki. The catering menu includes virtuous options such as chicken teriyaki with salad, brown rice and honey-lemon dressing.
3112 N. Broadway St.; 773-697-3580 or glazeteriyaki.com
For Downright Health Nuts
Kale fans can also be Cutler fans. For guests who don’t get down with fried fare, Snap Kitchen has ready-to-go, healthy snacks available for pickup. Menu items include Paleo-style bison burgers topped with over-easy eggs and 100-calorie “Devily” Eggs, made with egg whites and jalapeño hummus.
For a Larger Bash
If you’re feeding a big group, leave it to the pros. Local catering firm Limelight, which is ace at in-home events, puts dainty spins on traditional game-day snacks like miniature crab sliders.
2000 N. Racine Ave.; 773-883-3080 or limelightcatering.com
For Every Event
Games can get suspenseful (or, um, boring), so loosen things up with a big old box of cocktails. With same-day delivery, Cocktail Courier prepares kits stocked with ingredients and instructions for shaking up craft cocktails such as Moscow Mules. Each box has the goods to make four to eight drinks or more.
For a Kid-Friendly Game Day
Kids and kids at heart love a good dessert, so don’t forget a little something sweet. Sprinkles offers cupcakes in seasonal flavors such as salty caramel and can customize the treats with edible letters and numbers. To spell out “Bears Victory 2016,” you’ll have to order up 16 little cakes--think you can make that sacrifice?
50 E. Walton St.; 312-573-1300 or sprinkles.com