Tribella Bar and Grill does pasta right — this restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
Tribella Bar and Grill is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Tribella Bar and Grill for a group meal.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Tribella Bar and Grill's free wifi hotspot.
Eat outdoors Tribella Bar and Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Tribella Bar and Grill draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this restaurant.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Folks tend to dress down at Tribella Bar and Grill, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
For those who travel by bike, Tribella Bar and Grill offers bike racks for diners.
Tribella Bar and Grill is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Visit Tribella Bar and Grill for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Tribella Bar and Grill.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Gammon Coach House, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Gammon Coach House's free wifi hotspot.
At Gammon Coach House, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Folks tend to dress down at Gammon Coach House, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Free parking is available to Gammon Coach House's diners that need it.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Three meals a day are served at Gammon Coach House, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Gammon Coach House's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
At Gammon Coach House you can find great American food at any time of the day.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Gammon Coach House.
If you're craving food from one of the top British pubs in Batavia, Gammon Coach House is the place to go.
Whether you like it rare or well-done, Smashburger - Denver is a burger spot that won't disappoint — pull up a seat at Batavia's Batavia location.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Smashburger - Denver has you covered on both fronts.
This burger joint diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this burger joint — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Be sure to check out Smashburger - Denver's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this burger joint offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Park in the open lot next to Smashburger - Denver and score easy and free parking.
Smashburger - Denver is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices at Smashburger - Denver are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two).
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Smashburger - Denver serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Your taste buds have been waiting for the perfect burger from Smashburger - Denver, so be sure to answer the call today.
Take it easy with a burger at Smashburger - Denver.
Frank-lovers will find their paradise among the tasty hot dogs at Batavia's Portillo's Hot Dogs.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
At Portillo's Hot Dogs, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Portillo's Hot Dogs for their catering services.
Portillo's Hot Dogs is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
At Portillo's Hot Dogs, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
So if hot dogs are your jam, be sure to try one from Portillo's Hot Dogs.
For ethnic cuisine with a Spanish twist, dine at Andre's Restaurant.
Andre's Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Andre's Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
For the tastes of Andre's Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Travel by bike to Andre's Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
So what are you waiting for? When dining out is on the menu, there's nothing tastier than the unique Spanish fare at Andre's Restaurant.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Andre's Restaurant.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out El Taco Grande, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
El Taco Grande is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
El Taco Grande offers safe bike parking outside.
The average check at El Taco Grande will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at El Taco Grande.
El Taco Grande is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
El Taco Grande serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
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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