Guy's Italian Restaurant knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Guess what? Guy's Italian Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Guy's Italian Restaurant.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Keep it casual at Guy's Italian Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Guy's Italian Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Guy's Italian Restaurant's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Guy's Italian Restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Guy's Italian Restaurant s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Guy's Italian Restaurant.
For authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, look no further than the highly-rated Guy's Italian Restaurant.
For a quick curry, Banning's Papaya Bay is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Papaya Bay has something that every stomach will enjoy.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Papaya Bay.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Papaya Bay.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Catering from Papaya Bay will take your party to the next level.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Prices at Papaya Bay are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
The menu at Papaya Bay includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
If you're going to eat out, Thai food at Papaya Bay is the easy and fun choice.
Treat yourself to a new lunch or dinner option today and enjoy a tasty Thai dish from Papaya Bay.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub is a top pick.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Access the Internet free of charge via Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub's complimentary wifi.
Your large group can all sit together at Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub.
The patio seating at Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub is perfect for those warm summer days.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub cater for you.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Stop waiting to order that burger you're craving and come into Paddy O'Reilly Grill and Pub for some terrific pub food.
Fresh fare can be found at Fisherman's Express, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Diet schmiet! Catch a break from low-fat fare at Fisherman's Express, where low-fat options aren t an option.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Fisherman's Express — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
The patio tables outside of Fisherman's Express are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
The large dining space at Fisherman's Express provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Fisherman's Express to create the perfect night.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Fisherman's Express.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Fisherman's Express.
Meals at Fisherman's Express are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Fisherman's Express' menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit IHOP for all of your favorite American dishes.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Dine out in the open during IHOP's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
IHOP can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
IHOP is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
At IHOP, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
IHOP is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Expect your bill at IHOP to come in at around $30 per person.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to IHOP and treat yourself to an American classic.
When you come to IHOP, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Thai food is always tasty, but Thai Food House makes it especially delicious as its multi-star ratings show.
Thai Food House knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
At Thai Food House, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Thai Food House won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
You can also have Thai Food House cater your next event.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
A typical meal at Thai Food House will set you back less than $30.
Three meals a day are served at Thai Food House, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
When you're ready to take your Thai fare up a notch, the all-star menu at Thai Food House is waiting.
For traditional and innovative Thai food with endless flavor, head to Thai Food House.
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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