Fans of Manhattan Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
Manhattan Pizzeria is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this pizzeria — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Manhattan Pizzeria's patio.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Manhattan Pizzeria's free wifi.
The dress code at Manhattan Pizzeria is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
Call Manhattan Pizzeria for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Score! Manhattan Pizzeria provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
Eat your way through the day at Manhattan Pizzeria — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Manhattan Pizzeria.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Manhattan Pizzeria (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Manhattan Pizzeria.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Manhattan Pizzeria for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Come to All American Steakhouse to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at All American Steakhouse, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Live music is often featured for patrons' enjoyment.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Perfect for an after-work outing, All American Steakhouse won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
For the tastes of All American Steakhouse from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Bike parking is quick and easy at All American Steakhouse.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at All American Steakhouse.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to All American Steakhouse.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
If you're looking for a mean slice or a piping plate of pasta, the pizzeria is home to a generous number of offerings.
Enjoy a light, gluten-free meal at Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza is all about comfort.
Throwing a big party? Count on Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
You've heard correctly. This pizzeria offers both delivery or carryout.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Broadland's Brick Oven Pizza is the place for you.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Get online for free courtesy of Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant's wifi.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant to grab a spot on the patio.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant is ultra casual.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Catering services are also available.
The lot adjacent to Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant provides free parking for diners.
Menu items at Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant.
Everyone in Ashburn knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Anitas New Mexico Style Restaurant.
For that fresh, out-of-the-oven feel, Antonio's New York Pizzeria serves mouthwatering pizza with a down-home feel.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
Antonio's New York Pizzeria is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
For no extra charge, utilize Antonio's New York Pizzeria's free wifi.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Antonio's New York Pizzeria and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Save time and money on parking when you take advantage of the open lot next door.
Antonio's New York Pizzeria offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Menu items at Antonio's New York Pizzeria tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Head on over to Antonio's New York Pizzeria first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Antonio's New York Pizzeria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So head over to Antonio's New York Pizzeria, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Antonio's New York Pizzeria has you covered.
Visit Ashburn's Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Skip long waits and head to Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque with your large group for easy seating.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
That's right! Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
At Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque.
So make plans to have the best barbecue in town for dinner. Why not tomorrow?
So don't wait to try the slow-cooked and marinated deliciousness at Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque. This tasty joint hits a homerun in barbecue.
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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