Basil Boys does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Basil Boys' complimentary wifi.
Basil Boys is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Basil Boys' business casual code.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Basil Boys prides itself in its delicious catering.
At Basil Boys, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Basil Boys.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Basil Boys is at the top of the list.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Basil Boys. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
Basil Boys serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Basil Boys and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Addison's Woodstock district.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill for easy seating.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill.
Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Can't get enough of Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
You can also grab your food to go.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill for a great bite.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Captain Chuck's Sandbar and Grill.
Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria offers the finest Italian cuisine in town, plus it has a large variety of pasta dishes.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Got kids? No problem at Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Seating is readily available at Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria for those with large parties.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is ultra casual.
Catering services are also available.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
The parking lot near Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
So sit down to a fine Italian meal at Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, where you can experience all the best flavors of Italy without a plane ticket.
Fans of Brownies House of Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Brownies House of Pizza is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Grab this pizzeria's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Brownies House of Pizza's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Brownies House of Pizza.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Brownies House of Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Brownies House of Pizza. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Brownies House of Pizza this weekend.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Brownies House of Pizza and pick up a pizza pie.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Evans Street Station, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Evans Street Station, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Evans Street Station has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Big groups always enjoy coming to Evans Street Station.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Evans Street Station.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Evans Street Station with their complimentary wifi.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Evans Street Station for their catering services.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by Evans Street Station for carry out, or have them come to you with delivery.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Evans Street Station.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
It's always a party at Cancun Mexican Restaurant, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Bring the Cancun Mexican Restaurant's great food to your place.
At Cancun Mexican Restaurant, you can safely park just around the corner.
Cancun Mexican Restaurant offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Head on over to Cancun Mexican Restaurant first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Cancun Mexican Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Cancun Mexican Restaurant.
So when you're seeking a new Mexican restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Cancun Mexican Restaurant.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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