The Best Takeout in Illinois

Great restaurants just down the road is something we often take for granted but 2020 has brought a holt to many social dining experience. Thankfully, there are other ways to support your local establishments with many continuing, or beginning, carryout services.

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With the rise of Uber Eats, Postmates & Doordash - great local food delivered right to your door has been convenient for some time. But few would've seen how essential of a service takeout providers would become. And it's definitely not just your standard cheap and cheerful fast food franchises on offer: premium restaurants like Alinea are offering to-go packages complete with sides & deserts. Read on to discover a selection of top picks throughout the state.

Chicago

Alinea Group (Alinea, Next & Roister), Chicago

Often reserved for those who can afford hefty price tags of up to $400+ per person, even the Alinea Group's high end Alinea Restaurant have a takeout option. Enjoy beef short rib Wellington from Alinea, handmade rigatoni from Next or Roister's famous fried chicken sandwich. The meals also come with sides and desserts.

Lula Cafe, Chicago — Brunch & Dinner

Lula Café is the founding member of the nationally recognized Logan Square culinary community and a celebrated forerunner of the ‘farm to table’ movement in Chicago. Grab a breakfast sandwich like the Royale with gunthorp farm bacon, aji chile, hazelnut pesto, shredded romaine, scrambled egg & focaccia.

Tzuco, Chicago — Brunch & Dinner

Tzuco is a new restaurant located in The Gold Coast of Chicago. Chef Carlos Gaytán presents the best of Mexico through his own vision, infused with the French haute cuisine techniques he acquired during his practice. Try the Tzuco burger and perhaps a Margarita for those 21+.

Baker Miller, Chicago — Breakfast/Brunch

Illinois Maker Baker Miller is a great option to grab breakfast or a tasty pastry. From skillets to sandwiches, salads, breads & biscuits, Baker Miller has delicious whole-grain goodness available to-go.

Throughout Illinois

Endiro Coffee, Aurora — Coffee/Drinks, Sandwiches/Lunch

Illinois Maker Endiro Coffee aims to end child vulnerability globally through coffee and its people, related products, profits, services, spaces and stories. Order a selection of hand-crafted coffees and beverages and enjoy a delicious range of subs, clubs and more.

Hagel 1891, Mt. Sterling — Lunch, Dinner

Hagel 1891 offer classic American food with a modern, flavorful twist. Try the beef & broccoli with fries, caper raisin vinaigrette, shaved parmesan & cracked black pepper.

Fried Green Tomatoes, Galena — Dinner

A Galena staple, Fried Green Tomatoes offer a selection of dinner pans togo all including an entree, salad & breadsticks. Try their Tuscan mac 'n' cheese; Italian sausage, roasted peppers and pasta tossed with smoked gouda & gorgonzola.

Little Tokyo, Galena — Dinner

Little Tokyo is home to fresh Japanese style sushi. Try their signature rolls, always made with the freshest yellowtail, salmon and tuna. Spicy or not, raw or cooked - there's a selection of options available for curbside pickup.

17th Street BBQ, Marion & Murphysboro — Lunch, Dinner

Illinois Maker 17th Street BBQ offer a range of drive-thru & takeout options at both locations. Order their mouthwatering Reuben; house-brined & smoked pastrami, sauerkraut, horseradish cheddar & Thousand Island on marble rye.

Cayenne, Peoria — Tacos, Sandwiches

Cayenne offers familiar flavors in a nontraditional way. Explore their range of tacos, sandwiches and cocktails for a colorful culinary experience.

Famous Dave's, Peoria — BBQ

For award-winning ribs, burgers, salads, handmade desserts & more, look no further than Famous Dave's. “Famous” Dave Anderson has earned over 700 awards and has become an authority in the BBQ world - order today to find out why!

Restaurant Weeks

January through March each year is restaurant week season and 2021 will be no different – or perhaps a little – with a focus on take-out and delivery options. In addition to the popular Chicago Restaurant Week, many counties and cities throughout the state will rally in support for their local dining establishments. Whether or not your region is participating, celebrate 2021 by trying something new or safely supporting a local favorite.

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