Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Through their catering service, Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the pizzeria's carryout and delivery options.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant time and time again.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Victors Pizzeria and Restaurant. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
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Travel to France without leaving town — Circa Restaurant's rave reviews will leave you licking your plate clean.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Circa Restaurant.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
The happy hour at Circa Restaurant is sure to impress.
Dine out in the open during Circa Restaurant's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Circa Restaurant as well.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
Wear what you like when you dine at Circa Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Call Circa Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Circa Restaurant provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
People can't stop talking about the rich French cuisine at Circa Restaurant, so make sure you stop by for a bite of the best.
If you have been wanting to try French fare, pay Circa Restaurant a visit and discover the food trends of France.
Come for a tasty meal at Jake's Restaurant that the whole family will love.
Eat healthy and feel better with Jake's Restaurant's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Jake's Restaurant.
Get online gratis thanks to Jake's Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Jake's Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Jake's Restaurant, so dress for comfort when you come.
That's right! Jake's Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Don't spend time searching for parking — diners are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Short on cash? No problem. Jake's Restaurant happily accepts all major credit cards.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Jake's Restaurant's tasty restaurant.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Jake's Restaurant and enjoy some great American classics.
Visit Petrock's Bar and Grille for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Hillsborough Township's Hillsborough.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Petrock's Bar and Grille offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour.
Petrock's Bar and Grille is great for big groups, and guests favor its private room for important events.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Petrock's Bar and Grille's patio.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Petrock's Bar and Grille, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Petrock's Bar and Grille to your next party or event.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Petrock's Bar and Grille.
A typical meal at Petrock's Bar and Grille will set you back less than $30.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Petrock's Bar and Grille and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
Pay Petrock's Bar and Grille a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Fox and Hound Tavern.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Your group can sit comfortably at Fox and Hound Tavern, a local restaurant.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Fox and Hound Tavern's outdoor patio.
Wifi access is totally free at Fox and Hound Tavern, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
That's right! Fox and Hound Tavern will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Fox and Hound Tavern.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Fox and Hound Tavern's moderately priced fare.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Fox and Hound Tavern's restaurant today.
Swing by Fox and Hound Tavern today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Raritan's Luca's Ristorante and Pizza, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Luca's Ristorante and Pizza's low-fat and healthy menu items are filled with flavor.
Wifi is on the house at Luca's Ristorante and Pizza, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Luca's Ristorante and Pizza for a group meal.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Luca's Ristorante and Pizza and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Luca's Ristorante and Pizza tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
Call Luca's Ristorante and Pizza for catering if you have a big event coming up.
At Luca's Ristorante and Pizza, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
At Luca's Ristorante and Pizza, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Luca's Ristorante and Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Luca's Ristorante and Pizza has you covered.
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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