Skip dining out this Valentine's Day. These spots deliver first-rate food,
wine (and even flowers), leaving you
free to set the vibe at home
The meal: The five-course “Grand Cru” dinner ($96 for two people) Cyrano’s Bistrot. It begins richly, with lobster bisque and a salad of pears, endive, caramelized pecans and goat cheese. From there it only gets richer, with your choice of either rosemary-scented tenderloin or rack of lamb, both served with escargot butter. And it finishes with the money shot: a chocolate-mousse cake paired with a lemon-curd tart.
The details: A vegetarian option ($69 for two), as well as the mere Cru Dinner ($82 for two), which features poultry, are also available. Delivery area is Chicago city limits; no delivery charge. Call 312-467-0546.
The married (with kids) couple
The meal: So you couldn’t get a babysitter this year, eh? Luckily for you, Ritter’s Breakfast Delivery offers a Valentine’s morning special. Two entrées (such as quiche lorraine; bacon, egg and cheese breakfast pizza; or apple-cinnamon French toast), two coffees and a dozen roses (all for $55) makes a romantic breakfast in bed. Now you just have to hope that the kids sleep in.
The details: Minimum order for delivery is $10; delivery charge is $2 ($4 outside of normal delivery areas). Visit www.123breakfast.com for the menu and call the Lincoln Park office at 773-665-4700 for the delivery area bounded by Irving Park Road, Chicago Avenue, Lake Shore Drive and Ashland Avenue; or call the Wicker Park office at 773-489-4700 for the delivery area bounded by Fullerton Avenue, Adams Street, Kedzie Avenue, Halsted Street.
The sex machines
The meal:Shaw’s Crab House has put together a massive Valentine’s Day “Aphrodisiac Meal” for $49.95. Although it comes with a full lobster, a dozen oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail and a chocolate dessert composed of chocolate mousse, whipped cream, strawberries and two heart-shaped chocolate cakes, the real highlight is the buttery, succulent king-crab legs.
The details: Delivery is organized through CEO Deliveries. Visit www.ceodeliveries.com for the menu, and call 312-733-5019. Delivery area is bounded by Montrose Avenue, 18th Street, Lake Shore Drive, Damen Avenue. Minimum order for delivery is $15; delivery charge is $5.95 for orders placed over the phone, $4.50 for those placed online.
The meal: If you’re timid or just getting to know each other, a delivery of Feast’s comfort food will be just the thing to ease your nerves. Creamy penne mac and cheese, spicy crab cakes, garlic mashed potatoes, and a chocolate-brownie sundae will induce just the right amount of cozy nostalgia to get you making out like teenagers.
The details: Delivery is organized through CEO Deliveries (see above).
The health nuts
The meal: Sure, it’s nice to indulge on holidays, but if you met each other with toned abs and nice asses, you better work to keep them. Pick from nearly three-dozen ingredients to build your own salad at the Goddess & Grocer, add a signature sandwich like the Garden Goddess whole-wheat wrap and ask for a nice bottle of wine from the limited, but quality, selection. And if you’re craving any extras, from walnut oil to wasabi dressing, employees are happy to bag up stuff from their grocery shelves as well.
The details: Peruse the menu on www.grubhub.com and call 888-202-9158. Delivery area is bounded by Belmont Avenue, Hubbard Street, Halsted Street, California Avenue. Minimum order is $15; delivery charge is $2.50.
The meal: Never will you need a good wine as much as on Valentine’s Day, and picking up the phone and getting it delivered is the easiest way to save the headache of wandering the aisles in search of the perfect bottle. Boystown’s easiest to navigate wine shop, Kafka Wine Co., specializes in values, offering 250 wines less than $15 and arranging them by simple one-word flavor profiles like “spicy” and “fruity.” Request a specific bottle, or simply consult one of the shop’s pros and your work is done.
The details: Check out www.kafkawine.com for details or call 773-975-9463. Delivery area is bounded by Devon Avenue, North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Western Avenue. No minimum order; delivery charge is $5. Staff prefers 24-hour notice, but will accommodate last-minute requests.
The raw foodists
The meal: Don’t feel like cooking? Neither does South Loop spot Triad Sushi Lounge, where fresh, slick cuts of raw fish take top billing. All of your sushi standards are available, plus a few extras like Mexican-style ceviche and quail egg and lemon-soy oyster shooters. Gourmand requests can be met: fresh wasabi; cone-shaped hand rolls; and the choicest of tuna cuts, from medium-fatty to fattiest o-toro. Nothin’ says lovin’ like splurging for the fattiest tuna.
The details: Read the menu on www.triadsushi.com and call 312-225-8833. Delivery area is bounded by Lake Street, 30th Street, Lake Shore Drive, Halsted Street. Minimum order is $25; delivery charge is $2.
The highfalutin foodies
The meal: Unfortunately Pete Miller’s can’t deliver its nightly jazz quartets to you, and hauling their billiards table to your place is out of the question, but you can still get all of the upscale eats served at this classic American seafood- and steakhouse. Go big with an aged porterhouse—finished with any of a dozen toppings from blue cheese to a cognac reduction—or roasted rack of lamb with thyme au jus, and don’t skip indulgent extras like the bacon-wrapped scallop starter or the classic crème brûlée.
The details: Check out the menu on www.petemillers.com and call 847-328-0399. Delivery area is Evanston. There is no minimum order; delivery charge is $3.
The Greek gods
The meal: Nothing impresses more than whole fish—except for lobster. So as long as your date can handle a dinner that stares back, invest in Santorini’s whole black sea bass and round out the meal with an Australian lobster tail or two. Throw in some spinach-packed spanakopita and the honey-sweet, Greek-style baklava and your date will think you’re an Adonis.
The details: Delivery is organized through Dining In. Visit www.diningin.com for the menu and call 312-755-1777. Minimum order for delivery is $15; delivery charge is $4.99. Delivery area is zip codes 60601–60607, 60610 and 60611.
The sweet tooths
The meal: Know a Brit expat or a fan of the land Down Under who’s craving hard-to-find sweets like tipsy cake, lamingtons or banoffi pie? Australia-born pastry chef Naomi Stepanek feels your pain, and recently launched the mail-order and delivery business Tipsy Cake. The Aussie classics (like chocolate coconut–dredged, jam-filled spongecake lamingtons) are outstanding, but everything from traditional tarts to chocolate scones are up for grabs as well.
The details: Read the menu and place orders on www.tipsycakechicago.com, or by calling 773-580-8113. Delivery area includes the entire city and surrounding suburbs within a 15-mile radius. Minimum order is $30; delivery is free.