Eating/Drinking

Meet the New Meal Delivery Company That’s Changing the Game in Chicago

Photo by Nasko Kan/Courtesy of FoodHaul/KyeRito

If you’ve exhausted your DoorDash options and are on a first-name basis with the Caviar driver, you’ll want to check out FoodHaul. Yeah, we know, it’s a crowded space. You likely have so many meal delivery apps that your eyes have glazed over already. But here’s what’s especially innovative about this Chicago-only newbie, which launched earlier this month.

So Long, Soggy Fries
You’re not ordering from a brick-and-mortar restaurant; instead, your food is cooked at FoodHaul’s dedicated Bucktown kitchen, then immediately shuttled to your door. No waiting on couriers to hoof it to a restaurant while your meal slowly wilts in a takeout container. Instead of making meals that, let’s be honest, lose something in transit, FoodHaul’s chefs created this grub specifically for couch consumption. So no more limp fries and lukewarm burgers—it promises stuff like crisp calzones and slow-smoked brisket on a (nonsoggy) potato bun.

No Need to Agree
If you and your roommate, spouse, kids, dog, etc., struggle to agree on a restaurant when ordering delivery, your battle is over because FoodHaul’s got six distinct concepts—each with its own name and menus—to choose from. Chefs collaborate with local farms to create everything from seasonal salads to good ole bar food. One order could include Italian for her, barbecue for him, and chicken fingers for the littles (thanks to kid-specific concept, Kid OH’s). Don’t forget dessert, dreamed up by the minds at Bittersweet Pastry.

Photo courtesy of FoodHaul/Facebook

Cocktails? Check
FoodHaul’s got the booze covered, too. Curated by Cocktail Courier, mix-at-home drink kits contain all but the booze and include seasonal concoctions such as Live It Large (lime and rose cordials, rhubarb bitters, mint essence, mint oil, dehydrated grapefruit crescents, and lime).

Chi, Meet Kye’s
Arguably the most intriguing offering is the KyeRito, an L.A. import only available to us Midwesterners via FoodHaul. Think: sushi burritos made healthier with macro-pressed veggies, sustainable seafood, and such.

Star Chef Power
Seasoned chef Jason Paskewitz has signed on as culinary director, lending some serious cred to the operation. The Jean Banchet Award–winning and James Beard–nominated Paskewitz has a mostly French food pedigree, but dabbled in red-sauce dishes by creating FoodHaul’s Italian offering, Il Segreto. FoodHaul also promises future pop-up kitchens from other notable chefs, so stay tuned and stay hungry.