Next Later Entry: Online Ordering in Chicago   |   Next Earlier Entry: How to Set Up Online Ordering for Your Restaurant

Express Yourself

Wednesday August 21, 2019 by Ryan Fernandez

Watch "Express Yourself - Discover What's Next S01.E03" on YouTube:

Express Yourself - Discover What's Next S01.E03
  • Do you live In Chicago?
  • Are you a food expert?
  • Here's your chance to prove it.

MenuGem is an ordering platform for restaurants and small businesses. And now, it's also the best way to rate, review, and show off your favorite items. So get your appetite ready, sign up for a MenuGem account, and let's go check it out.

Express Yourself - Discover What's Next S01.E03

We're here on Michigan Avenue, on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, just steps away from Chicago's world-famous Navy Pier. This is top real estate in Chicago, and this is where MenuGem operates.

I'm Ryan Fernandez, MenuGem's Founder and CEO. And we are telling the online ordering story in a completely different way.

  • Order your favorite items from MenuGem.
  • Rate every item in your order, down to the beverage.
  • Post your own photos on your profile, show off what you're ordering, and tell the world about your experience.
  • Ratings are Averaged.
  • Items earn a gem level based on their rating.
  • These gems are displayed on your user profile page.

In Chicago, the three restaurants you can order food from are:

  1. Baba Pita
  2. Jaffa Bagels
  3. Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery

And soon, we will be serving the area of Springfield, IL.

Let's take a look at each of these.

Baba Pita

Baba Pita 2343 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 243-3439

Baba Pita on MenuGem®

Baba Pita specializes in shawarma, hummus, falafel, kabab, and other types of Mediterranean cuisine. They proudly deliver to UIC, Columbia College, DePaul's downtown campus, and any location up to 4 and a half miles away. There is a delivery charge of $5 and a delivery minimum order of $15.

Located near the West campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, you can also order for pick-up as well, and get your food there. Baba Pita is located on the corner of Taylor and Western.

Visit them at

Jaffa Bagels

Jaffa Bagels 225 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 565-1267

Jaffa Bagels on MenuGem®

Jaffa Bagels is located inside 225 N Michigan Avenue, near Randolph St Metra Station and Millennium Park. Head inside the building and go to the second floor.

They serve a full assortment of bagels. For lunch, they specialize in the roasted turkey sandwich. Their smoothies are also excellent. Jaffa Bagels opens bright and early at 6:30am, but lunch dishes aren't served until 10am. Get your order in early - they're only open for breakfast and lunch.

There is a delivery charge of 20% and a delivery minimum order of $25. They deliver North to North Ave, W to Ashland, south to 18th, and all the way East. You can also order your food for pick up at their convenient Michigan Avenue location.

Visit them at

Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery

Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery 302 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 222-1800

Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery on MenuGem

Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery is located steps outside Chicago's Navy Pier. Just cross Lake Shore Drive and head to the intersection of Columbus and Illinois.

Located in the heart of the hotel district, Bellwether's kitchen is open until late night every night. The restaurant is the first floor of the Embassy Suites hotel.

They serve a variety of dishes including burgers, tacos, pasta, and salads.

They offer pick-up only.

Visit them at

Additionally, MenuGem will be entering the market for Springfield, IL very soon! Keep your eyes open for a big announcement involving MenuGem Springfield!

Now, let's take a look at MenuGem's innovative rating and review system.


For example, I want to tell the world how much I love Bellwether's Kale Salad or the Smoothies at Jaffa Bagels. After you've ordered your food, you'll get a chance to rate and review each item in your order. You can find this information in My Account.

Simply leave a rating from 1-100, and share your thoughts on the item.

  • Ratings are Averaged.
  • Items earn a gem level based on their rating.
  • These gems are displayed on your user profile page. Your profile also shows your member number and member rank.

By making a purchase a requirement to provide a rating, MenuGem creates an ecosystem where everything is properly rated.

Everything can be a Gem.

In a transaction today, the transaction is made and the experience is completed.

With MenuGem, you can commemorate your experiences. Write about your graduation dinner, or a night out with friends, and it will all be available on your profile page.

The product is the product but the moment that you have it is the gem.Encapsulated forever. After you rate it, you can write a review, or a story about a special moment!

So go ahead and get started today.

MenuGem. Express Yourself.

Next Later Entry: Online Ordering in Chicago   |   Next Earlier Entry: How to Set Up Online Ordering for Your Restaurant

Sponsored Ad

MenuGem Featured Stories

Hundreds of Items
More Cards, More Clothes
Cards and Clothes
Card Breaks on MenuGem
Jeans and Masks
The MenuGem Standard Mask - Discover What's Next S02E01
Shop with Confidence
What You Need
Rest Assured: Hand Sanitizer, Masks and More
MenuGem in Illinois Times and on WMAY
New Products on MenuGem Springfield and The MenuGem Web Store
Introducing MenuGem Springfield!
We're Here for You
How to Earn Gems on MenuGem
Online Ordering in Chicago
Express Yourself
How to Set Up Online Ordering for Your Restaurant
Order from Baba Pita!
Beverly Hills, De-Mystified: Scarpetta
Tastes of Tokyo: Roku-Michi in Roppongi Hills
Post Up
Sushi Gen Stays Above the Cut
Rustic Italian Meets Hipster Chic at Reno Chicago
A Quick Bite at Firenze Osteria
Testarossa Winery is Serious About Its Soils
5 Years of Craft Los Angeles
Surf and Turf for Lunch at Wakasaya
Reforming Danishes at Amandine Patisserie
America's Playground
Soup Street
LA's Finest
City Sultan
Through the Fog
Osaka Soul
Pad Se Ew Showdown

Online Payments

MenuGem® accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.

Transactions on this site are protected
with up to 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer encryption.