New downtown lunch delivery options

Trade your midday lunch mission for these new delivery options

  • Create-your-own bento box at Arami Go in Streeterville
Create-your-own bento box at Arami Go in Streeterville (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
January 24, 2013|By Erin Brereton | For RedEye

Venturing outside to grab lunch in this week's chilly weather feels more like a wintry punishment than a work break. You can bundle up mummy-style in your puffiest coat and run to the fast-food spot nearest to your office—or you can let the deliciousness come to you while you work thanks to these restaurants that have debuted delivery service within the last year. With some delivery areas that focus on office-laden River North and the Loop and others that extend outside of downtown to Wicker Park and the South Loop, chances are you'll find some tasty options ready to be delivered right to your door. Pro-tip: For restaurants with higher order minimums, team up with your coworker on the other side of the cubicle wall and go halfsies on the delivery fee. redeye@tribune.com | @redeyeeatdrink

Abou Andre
60 E. Jackson Boulevard 312-386-1300
Delivery range: Fullerton Avenue to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Cermak Road to the south and Western Avenue to the west.
Details: Available 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. daily with a $15 minimum and $3 delivery fee ($5 for orders exceeding $100).
Popular picks: The chicken kabob bowl ($5.99) includes rice and a small fattoush, tabbouleh or couscous salad, while chicken, tomatoes and fries are rolled up in the new Lebanese Shish Taouk wrap ($6.99).
To order: Go to abouandre.com.

The Local Chicago
198 E. Delaware Place 312-280-8887
Delivery range: Cedar Street to the north, Superior Street to the south, Lake Michigan to the east and Dearborn Street to the west.
Details: Available 6:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily with a $20 minimum and no delivery fee.
Popular pick: "The No. 1 dish at lunch is our hamburger," said co-owner David Flom. The 12-ounce prime beef burger ($14) is served on a brioche bun and can be topped with cheddar, swiss, American, gruyere or blue cheese.
To order: Call the restaurant at the number above.

G.R.K. Greek Kitchen
219 W. Washington St. 312-606-0633
Delivery range: Chicago Avenue to the north, Lake Shore Drive to the east, Harrison Street to the south and Racine Street to the west.
Details: Available 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with a $20 minimum and $4 delivery fee.
Popular picks: Formerly known as Med Kitchen, G.R.K. offers a lamb and beef plate ($7.35) served with pita, rice or orzo and toppings such as crumbled feta and house-made tzatziki sauce. Add a cup of Greek egg lemon soup for $2.50.
To order: Call or order online at eatgrk.com.

Maison Brasserie
333 E. Benton Place 312-421-1540
Delivery range: North Avenue to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, 21st Street to the south and Damen Avenue to the west.
Details: Available 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday with a $15 minimum and $5 delivery fee.
Popular pick: Lunch-worthy French classics include the hearty croque madame ($12) made with ham, gruyere and a fried egg on brioche as well as The Picnic ($12), which pairs blue cheese, mixed greens and country pate with a baguette, To really warm up, add a cup of the caramelized onion soup ($6).
To order: Call the restaurant or go to GrubHub.com.

Arami Go
203. E. Ohio St. 312-245-3003
Delivery range: Chicago Avenue to the north, Lake Shore Drive to the east, Harrison Street to the south and Larabee Street to the west.
Details: Available 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily with a $10 minimum and $3 delivery fee.
Popular picks: Build-your-own bento box ($10; $12 with sashimi) with cold sobu noodles or brown, white or vinegar-infused sushi rice; short ribs, grilled salmon or another protein; veggies and edamame with Japanese sea salt, ginger soy sauce or sesame oil.
To order: Call the restaurant at the number above. "We can walk you through the process or give repeat customers ideas," said owner Ty Fujimura.

Covo Gyro Market
1482 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-626-2660
Delivery range: Addison Street to the north, Lake Shore Drive to the east, Sacramento Boulevard to the west and Madison Street to the south.
Details: Available 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday with a $15 minimum and $4 delivery fee.
Popular pick: Go Greek with filling lamb and beef or pork gyros ($7.50) or a romaine salad with chicken and feta cheese ($8.50).
To order: Go to covogyro.com.

Grange Hall Burger Bar
844 W. Randolph St. 312-491-0844
Delivery range: Chicago Avenue to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Roosevelt Road to the south and Ashland Avenue to the west.
Details: Delivery service launches Feb. 1 and will be available 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a $25 minimum and $3 fee.
Popular picks: Pair a 6-ounce free-range turkey burger ($9.25)—topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, ketchup and mayo—with slice of homemade chocolate pudding pie ($6).
To order: Go to grangehallburgerbar.com.

Hash House a Go Go
1212 N. State Parkway 312-202-0994
Delivery range: Belmont Avenue to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Roosevelt Road to the south and Western Avenue to the west.
Details: Available 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday with a $15 minimum and $6 delivery fee.
Popular pick: "Lately, we're selling a lot of pancakes for lunch," said managing partner Brad Gold. Super-sized pancakes in flavors such as brown sugar-banana or mango-coconut (both $7.95) come packed in a pizza box with syrup on the side.
To order: Go to CEOdeliveries.com.

Grahamwich's new app
Chef Graham Elliot's River North sandwich shop Grahamwich recently launched a free iPhone app that customers can use to order food for delivery or pick-up. Don't have an iPhone? A similar ordering system is available through Grahamwich's Facebook page at facebook.com/GrahamwichbyGE

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