Eat Your Way Around the World Via UberEATS Chicago

Sometimes the only way to break free from the daily grind is to just get out of the office—or better yet, leave the city entirely. But travel can mean valuable vacation time and money we can’t always blow on a whim, particularly when back-to-back projects and meetings are filling up your calendar. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to shake up even the most monotonous of routines: block off those lunchtime slots and explore the world through your stomach.

From Spain to the Middle East, Chicagoans can easily book their next getaway through five popular UberEATS Chicago restaurants dishing up a range of cuisines:

Spain: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Explore authentic Spanish flavors through traditional tapas, pintxos, and paella dishes from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! Choose from a variety of shareable tapas—from spicy potatoes with tomato aioli to chorizo-wrapped dates and Rioja-braised short ribs to hand-carved jamón Ibérico. There’s also grilled squid with olive oil and garlic. Just be sure to add the caramel flan for dessert and your own pitcher of sangria to complete the taste of Spain.

Italy: RPM Italian

River North’s RPM Italian might take a more modern approach to Italian cuisine than Nonna, but the chef-driven menu of shareable dishes features more than a dozen house-made pastas, slow-roasted meats, wild fish and seafood, and other celebrated classics with a contemporary twist. Highlights include a lobster caprese with buffalo mozzarella and basil, Tuscan kale salad with pecorino and lemon, Mama DePandi’s Bucatini, and a 600-day proscuitto. Pair with your own favorite bottle of vino to elevate the dining experience.

Costa Rica: Irazú

The Costa Rican spot Irazú serves up Latin American-inspired dishes like savory pepito sandwiches (loaded with ribeye steak or chicken, cheese, beans, and Lizano sauce) and the chef’s favorite El Tico steak with sautéed onions, bell peppers, and tomato, and a number of empanadas and burritos. Throw in some sweet plantains and a delicious oatmeal shake to top off your meal, or go for a quick pick-me-up with an iced Costa Rican coffee with horchata from this hidden Bucktown gem.

Mexico: Taco Joint

Once you order from Taco Joint for the first time, you’ll know where to return for authentic Mexican comfort food again and again. Regional street eats from the Lincoln Park and River North taquerias and cantinas include all-natural braised and grilled meats, hand-pressed tortillas, and salsas made from scratch for the freshest, tastiest fare. Tack some tamales, elotes (street corn), and an order of guacamole to your order of tacos (like the cochinita with Yucatan-style pulled pork, habanero salsa, and pickled red onions or ceviche with citrus-cured white fish, lemon-serrano vinaigrette, avocado, cucumber, and pico de gallo). Whip up some zesty margaritas and bring on the fiesta.

Middle East: Halal Guys

As pioneers of American Halal street food, Halal Guys dish out meats seasoned to perfection with a blend of unbeatable Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. The landmark institution, which originated as a go-to food cart in New York City, has rapidly expanded to many brick-and-mortar joints for mouth-watering early lunch to late night eats globally. Now you won’t even have to wait in the hours-long line to get a hot, steaming platter of falafel or shredded chicken or beef gyro over yellow rice, covered in the famous, top-secret white sauce (and hot sauce for an extra kick). And, yes, it’s definitely worth the 50 cents to get the “extra white sauce.”

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