Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta — this Bluffton pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta's free wifi.
Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta offers patio seating in the warmer months.
You can also serve food from Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Just because Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Mellow Mushroom — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Enjoy discounted food and drinks at Mellow Mushroom's happy hour.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Mellow Mushroom when the weather is warm.
At Mellow Mushroom, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
For no extra charge, utilize Mellow Mushroom's free wifi.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Mellow Mushroom — it's strictly casual.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this pizzeria.
Can't get enough of Mellow Mushroom's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Mellow Mushroom provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Travel by bike to Mellow Mushroom and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Mellow Mushroom.
For a hot pizza that packs in all the flavors you love, stop on by Mellow Mushroom.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Jim N Nick's Barbeque in Bluffton.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Jim N Nick's Barbeque has you covered on both fronts.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Jim N Nick's Barbeque.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Jim N Nick's Barbeque to grab a spot on the patio.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this restaurant's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Jim N Nick's Barbeque for easy access to parking lots.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Jim N Nick's Barbeque.
A meal at Jim N Nick's Barbeque will typically set you back about $30.
Jim N Nick's Barbeque serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Ribs, steak, or chicken — Jim N Nick's Barbeque has your barbecue needs covered.
If you relish flavorful marinades, spicy rubs, and oh-so-tender meat, make sure to check out Jim N Nick's Barbeque for the best in casual barbecue.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Okatie Ale House caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Make sure to check out Okatie Ale House's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Okatie Ale House's outdoor patio.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Okatie Ale House as well.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Okatie Ale House.
Okatie Ale House offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Okatie Ale House, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Okatie Ale House and treat yourself to an American classic.
Okatie Ale House has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Fans of Ronnie's Bakery make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Bluffton hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Warm weather brings out Ronnie's Bakery's highly coveted patio seating.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Catering from Ronnie's Bakery will take your party to the next level.
Heading to Ronnie's Bakery for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Ronnie's Bakery s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
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 Ronnie's Bakery.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Ronnie's Bakery, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Ronnie's Bakery is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
There's no doubt about it. Ronnie's Bakery out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
A perfectly marbled cut of beef is no farther away than Bluffton's Outback Steakhouse.
Diners with dietary restrictions will appreciate Outback Steakhouse's gluten-free options.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
The patio seating at Outback Steakhouse is perfect for those warm summer days.
Your large group can all sit together at Outback Steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Outback Steakhouse knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Outback Steakhouse serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
When you are in the mood for an exceptional steak, make your way over to the highly-rated Outback Steakhouse.
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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