The Best Carryout Options for Your Next Picnic
Just because we need to remain socially distant, doesn’t mean you can’t take full advantage of summertime. There is no better time to get outside, so grab a blanket and your quarenteam, because we’ve rounded up some of our best carryout options that are perfect for your next picnic.
Picnic in Paris, Spain or the Mediteranean… but in your backyard
Feed your inner travel bug with Mon Ami Gabi and Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Mon Ami Gabi (2300 N. Lincoln Park W.) is offering a menu featuring appetizers, custom sandwich platters, salads and mini desserts, while Spanish mainstay Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!’s (2024 N. Halsted St.) bite-sized pintxos are perfect for snacking in the sun. To order from Mon Ami Gabi, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to fill out the party inquiry for catering by Mon Ami Gabi in Chicago. Click here to view the menu options and to inquire for catering by Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! or call 773-935-5000 to order carryout.
Also from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, enjoy a family-style Spanish picnic with the Pintxos Picnic Package built for two for $42 per order plus tax (gratuity not included). This package is prepared ready-to-eat, including plastic plates and disposable roll-ups. Pro Tip: Upgrade your picnic spread with a pitcher of our Classic Red or White Sangria for an additional $27 each plus tax (gratuity not included). The Pintxos Picnic Package for Two is available for pickup only and orders must be placed one day in advance on Tock. Click here order Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba’s! Pintxos Picnic Package
Take a trip to the Mediteranean with casual, grab-and-go picnic grub from Rotisserie Ema (74 W. Illinios St.). Order at the Rotisserie window and build-your-own roti plate which includes a base, protein, unlimited toppings, salad, hummus, sauce/dressing, and more! Order ahead from Rotisserie Ema via Tock. For more Mediterannean dishes perfect for the park, place your order for Aba catering online.
These family meals make for a stellar picnic
Seaside’s (1962 N. Halsted St.) family-style meals were made for summertime picnicking! Featuring your choice of Fried Chicken and a full slab of Baby Back Ribs, Fried Chicken and Uncle Orkie’s Burgers or full slab of Baby Back Ribs and Uncle Orkie’s Burgers, each meal package also comes with a garden salad, mac & cheese, and peppermint ice cream. Place your order for Seaside’s to-go online.
BBQ is synonymous with summer and Bub City (435 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, and 5441 Park Pl., Rosemont, IL) is offering BBQ packages for carryout featuring your choice of meat like 18-Hr Smoked Natural Brisket, Fried Chicken Tenders (River North only) or Charcoal-Roasted Baby Back Ribs. BBQ packages serve 4-6 people and also come with sides and cookies. Might we suggest you bring extra napkins for all the finger lickin’ good sauce? Click here to order from Bub City – River North, or click here to order from Bub City – Rosemont.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (60 E. Grand Ave.) is always a great spot to celebrate a birthday so why not take the celebration outside! Order up the Fried Chicken Family Meal or new Family Platters, featuring shellfish by the pound, salads, sandwiches, sides and whole pies, and turn your picnic into a party. Order Joe’s Seafood family meals and family platters.
A picnic perfect for the kids
Pack up the kids and head to RJ Grunts (2056 N. Lincoln Park W.) located across from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Make lunchtime a breeze by grabbing some of the signature burgers, wraps, fried chicken sandwiches and more. Do yourself a favor and don’t forget to add on a hand-dipped milkshake! Order carryout from RJ Grunts online.
Design your own picnic experience
If you find yourself in the Fulton Market neighborhood, swing by Beatrix (834 W. Fulton Market) for some cookies from their pastry counter to-go, or grab something from their market which features everything from salads, sandwiches, spreads, cocktails to-go, wine and sweets. Order ahead from Beatrix – Fulton Market via Tock.
RPM Italian – D.C.’s new sandwich boxed lunches are the perfect grab-and-go option for your next picnic. Choose from a menu of Italian-inspired sandwiches like The Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Meatball Sandwich, VIP Sandwich made with 600-Day Prosciutto, basil pesto and imported burrata, The Vegetarian Sandwich, and more. These boxed lunches are $15, per person, plus tax (gratuity not included) and come with kettle chips. Email RPMItalianDCParties@leye.com to place your order, 24-hours prior to pick-up.
For when you volunteer to bring dessert
Hop on your bike and swing by The Market at Summer House Santa Monica (1954 N. Halsted) to sweeten up your picnic party. Snag an assortment of the famous house-baked cookies and desserts to-go. The Market is open during restaurant hours for pick-up only. For questions, call 773-634-4100.
If your crew is into trying something new, wow them with Wow Bao’s dessert baos, including the Chocolate Bao made with chocolate and ginger or the Coconut Custard Bao made with light and creamy coconut custard. These hand-held desserts are available at all Wow Bao locations, order from the Wow Bao nearest you.
Going to a park with a grill?
Pick up a burger kit from L. Woods which comes equipped with everything you need to make the best burger including four patties, buns, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, housemade seasoning blend and tips to making the best burger from the chef. To place an order, call 847-677-3350.
Walk the downtown D.C. monuments
Work up an appetite walking your way through iconic sights of the country’s capital, exploring all of the historic highlights: White House, Smithsonian, International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Carnegie Library. Along the way, stop and grab RPM Italian’s (650 K St. NW.) Aperitivo Hour for Two featuring 600-Day Prosciutto, Imported Burrata, Fried Olives, Fried Mozzarella and a pint of RPM Negronis. To order, call 202-204-4480 or order RPM Italian – D.C.’s Aperitivo Hour via Tock.
Drive down Skyline Drive & picnic in the park
Hit Route 66 and get away from the bustle of the capital to Shenandoah National Park, and be sure to stop along the way to pick-up one of Wildfire- Tysons (Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr.) family meals including a Chicken Dinner, Baby Back Ribs Dinner, Salmon Dinner and Steak Dinner. To check out the menu and order Wildfire’s family meals online, click here.