Top-rated pasta, rich sauces, and more great Italian fare await your palate at A Taste of Italy Restaurant.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on A Taste of Italy Restaurant's patio.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on A Taste of Italy Restaurant's free wifi.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, A Taste of Italy Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
Dress is typically casual at A Taste of Italy Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve A Taste of Italy Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
A Taste of Italy Restaurant is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Travel by bike to A Taste of Italy Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
A visit to A Taste of Italy Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
A Taste of Italy Restaurant accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
While high-priced, the Italian food at A Taste of Italy Restaurant is well worth every penny!
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's A Taste of Italy Restaurant.
Take a break with a hot slice at Sergio's Pizza — this casual pizza joint is a favorite among pizza pie connoisseurs.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this pizzeria, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Sergio's Pizza when the weather is warm.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Sergio's Pizza.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Sergio's Pizza for their catering services.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at Sergio's Pizza.
Sergio's Pizza is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Sergio's Pizza serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Sergio's Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Sergio's Pizza to help you out.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Anna's Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
This pizzeria guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Large groups will appreciate Anna's Pizza for its ability to seat them quickly.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Anna's Pizza and order great food.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Anna's Pizza's complimentary wifi.
Anna's Pizza is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Anna's Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
At Anna's Pizza, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Anna's Pizza offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Anna's Pizza.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Anna's Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Anna's Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Anna's Pizza for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Who's hungry? Step up to the big leagues at Outback Steakhouse, where each and every steak packs a five-star punch.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Outback Steakhouse, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Eat outdoors Outback Steakhouse (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Your large group can all sit together at Outback Steakhouse.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Outback Steakhouse, known for its laid-back ambience.
Throwing a big party? Count on Outback Steakhouse to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Ample parking is located near Outback Steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Outback Steakhouse time and time again.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to Outback Steakhouse where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
Treat yourself and your loved one to a steak from Outback Steakhouse and enjoy the dining perks of this great steakhouse.
Build your own burger at Applebee's — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Just around the workday bend are Applebee's' happy hour food and drink bargains.
Come order a flavorful feast at Applebee's, and sit outside if it's nice!
At Applebee's, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Applebee's' free wifi hotspot.
Comfort is prioritized at Applebee's, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Applebee's' tasty dishes at your next party.
Applebee's is just steps away from a parking lot.
At Applebee's, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Applebee's' restaurant today.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Applebee's and load up on some classic American dishes.
Fresh fare can be found at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
The Boathouse at Sunday Park also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, The Boathouse at Sunday Park is a great summer destination.
Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion.
You can also grab your food to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Valet, street and garage parking options are readily available near The Boathouse at Sunday Park.
A visit to The Boathouse at Sunday Park will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
The Boathouse at Sunday Park offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
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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