Virtual restaurants, also known as ghost kitchens, have been making their ways into Chicagoans’ conscience for years, but it took a pandemic for the idea to really take off. These are delivery- and takeout-only restaurants without dining rooms. In theory, these are places with low overheads that could allow chefs interested in opening a restaurant with a dining room to learn without the need to pay high bills.
However, there’s debate on how beneficial virtual restaurants are to chefs as third-party apps forge alliances with larger fast-food companies to price independent restaurants out. So the bottom line: not all virtual restaurants are created equal. Consumers should be choosy on where they spend their money. That new virtual restaurant might just be a gimmick set up to compete with local business owners.
Beyond that, food needs to taste good and the following listing includes a few of Chicago’s best.
As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More