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Love sharing food? Us too! Use Shmeal to connect with home cooks in your neighborhood, and eat their delicious homemade meals.

PLEASE NOTE: Shmeal is only available in Chicago at this time.


Shmeal cooks post a picture and description of what they're going to be cooking and when. Eaters can see the Shmeal and its approximate location, and submit requests. When the request is approved, the eater gets the pickup address, and picks up the Shmeal at the appropriate time. Payment is integrated in the app and is processed after the Shmeal is served.


"Like Uber but for home cooking." -Chicago Magazine

"Delicious and brilliant... I'm ready for a Shmeal revolution." -Chellinchen (App Store Review)

"Home cooked meals by people who actually care. Seriously makes my life 100 times easier." -Nathan (App Store Review)

"I have ordered MANY unsatisfactory meals/food from UberEats and the like. I have never had a Shmeal I regretted buying." -Dan (App Store Review)


• Connect with home cooks in your neighborhood
• Eat delicious affordable homemade meals
• Share the joy of home cooking with your neighbors and friends

What’s New

Version 2.3.14

- push notifications now sent to followers the day before a meal

- updates to shmeal pricing

- aesthetic changes to buttons

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

PointsHuntr ,

Great idea, looking forward to seeing this take off!

This app connects you to great food from local chefs all around you. I've had some of the best meals since moving to my city thanks to this app. As someone who doesn't cook, I'm constantly paying high delivery fees for cold food that underwhelms- this solved all of that! I'm looking forward to this growing in popularity, both for more meal availability in my neighborhood as well as to giving me the opportunity to try many different cuisines. I love it.

Woody Burns ,

Awesome concept! Excited to see it grow.

My good friend recommended I download this app because he got approved as a cook for it and the concept seemed awesome. I just completed my first transaction (with a stranger) and it went very well. There are a few areas for improvement but I didn’t let it dock my rating because I am so impressed with the concept and functionality. The ordering process was easy, the channels of communication between myself and the cook were available and clear. The food I received was very good and the post-sale flow was easy and, theoretically, seamless. The one hiccup I did encounter was that there seemed to be some lag in the order fulfillment during the food exchange and immediately afterwords which left me a little unsure about whether the transaction went through correctly. I’m chalking it up to growing pains of a new app. It could very well have been user error since it was my first time using it. I will definitely be using this app a lot more and am excited for its growth.

Developer Response ,

Hey Woody! Awesome, we're glad you're enjoying Shmeal! ❤ Thanks for the feedback. After the cook gives you your meal, they have to go into the app and confirm that the meal was served. They don't always do this immediately after service. Hope that explains the lag! We'll look to improve this in future versions.

Aumcderm ,

Impressive, very cool original app

Saw an ad for this on Instagram and I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But wow, I tried a Shmeal and I was quite impressed. They give you your first one for free which got me past my initial hesitation. I got a salmon, baked potato, Brussels sprouts meal. It was really delicious. It reminded me of a meal you would get at a steakhouse for like $20. And here it’s only $6. The only drawback is that you have to go pick up your food from the cook who made it. They don’t deliver. But I was only a couple minutes from this guy in Humboldt so it worked great for me. I’ll be back Justin! 🙌

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback Aumcderm! We're glad you liked Justin's Shmeal! The reason we don't do delivery is because we want Shmeal to be affordable, and doing delivery would about double the cost of a Shmeal. Maybe someday we'll add it if the cost of delivery comes down!

App Privacy

The developer, Shmeal, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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