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Featured Chicago Restaurant: BellyQ


BellyQLogoWhen renowned Chef Bill Kim, the Cornerstone Restaurant Group and perhaps the greatest basketball player of all-time in Michael Jordan decided to partner to open BellyQ, a restaurant concept focusing on Asian barbecue, no one expected anything less than the best food to be served when they visited the restaurant. What the people of Chicago visiting BellyQ probably didn’t expect was that they’d eventually have the ability to enjoy the delectable cuisine culinary infusions carefully crafted by Chef Bill Kim in the comfort of their own home with a little bit of help from DiningIn.

It’s fair to say that BellyQ has been a big hit amongst our beloved Chicago customers; there have even been a few (a little bit irrational) requests via social media to deliver the food from BellyQ to some of the other cities we work in on the East Coast. But you must visit the restaurant to understand the true ambiance of BellyQ, as it is something in itself. A delicious brunch is served only at the restaurant on Sundays from 11:00AM until 3:00PM, and BellyQ certainly sports one of the more unique brunch menus you’ll ever see (seriously – take a look here). Customers also have the ability to reserve a table for 6-8 people to chow down on a custom six-course crafted by Bill Kim with beer or wine and sake pairings to go along with their meals.

Unfortunately, DiningIn does not deliver these custom meals prepared at BellyQ to our customers – but some of the most popular dishes ordered on are, almost unsurprisingly, their variety of Asian barbecue-inspired appetizers. BellyQ’s menu is split up into four separate parts: to share (appetizers), refreshing (soup and salad), bbq & such (the entrees) and sides (which you surely don’t want to forget about when ordering). On our DiningIn menu, BellyQ also offers extensive catering options for both large and small gatherings that are available for delivery in Chicago (a 24-hour advanced notice is required).

BellyQ Chicago

BellyQ’s variety of appetizers range from Thai Style Fried Chicken (a customer favorite and a DiningIn favorite as well, served with sweet chili and lime and pictured above), Crispy Tofu (served alongside papaya and pickled onions), Sticky Lamb Buns (with mint pepper jelly and smoked onion), and their *Addictive* Edamame (because we’re all well aware that once you start eating delicious Edamame, you cannot stop; also pictured below).

BellyQ Chicago

You very well may think you’ll be able to make a meal out of an appetizer or two from BellyQ, but their entrees are the definition of “can’t miss.” The DiningIn favorite is probably the Waygu Korean Short Ribs (pictured below), which are served with Carrots and Crispy Shallots. Customers have their choice of whether they want six or twelve pieces depending on how hungry they are. 

BellyQ Chicago

Another customer favorite is the Tea-Smoked Duck Breast from BellyQ, which is served alongside Chinese Broccoli and Steam Buns and pictured below.

BellyQ Chicago

If you can't tell by the pictures and words above, to say the very least, BellyQ’s menu is rather soulful with a whole lot of flavor that many people could never imagine. It has one of the more creatively designed interiors in Chicago and boasts some of the best modern culinary creativity there is in all of the country. Now, if you can’t make it out to eat at BellyQ to dine on any given night, you can have their delicious food brought to you via DiningIn. 

Chicago Foodies who love the Cornerstone Restaurant Group can also order from Urban Belly from DiningIn. Urban Belly is an Asian Fusion concept that serves a variety of Dumplings and Stir Fry, Fried Rice and Noodle Bowls. 


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