Dress down for your next pizza party — Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza serves a low-key slice in Bristol's Bristol district.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza has you covered on both fronts.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this pizzeria's delightful drink menu.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
At Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Crowds are boisterous at the pizzeria and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
The dress code at Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
For those in a hurry, the pizzeria lets you take your grub to go.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza, a local restaurant.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Your tab at Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza will generally run you about $30 per person.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza.
The pizza at Cafe Buono and Buono Pizza is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
Spice up your sandwich at Greer's Chicken — this tasty staple will not disappoint.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Greer's Chicken is a great summer destination.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
At Greer's Chicken, you can safely park just around the corner.
Greer's Chicken is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Greer's Chicken s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
The sandwiches at Greer's Chicken are stacked with tasty ingredients, so swing by today and try one.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Greer's Chicken.
Greer's Chicken serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Greer's Chicken has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Applewood Restaurant and Bar is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Applewood Restaurant and Bar, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Applewood Restaurant and Bar.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Heading to Applewood Restaurant and Bar for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
The menu at Applewood Restaurant and Bar is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Applewood Restaurant and Bar is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
So round up your friends and head over to Applewood Restaurant and Bar for a casual American meal.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Monterrey Mexican Restaurant for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Monterrey Mexican Restaurant — it's strictly casual.
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Or, take your food to go.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Monterrey Mexican Restaurant.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
So head to Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant.
So break out of your normal dining routine and head over to Monterrey Mexican Restaurant for some flavorful Mexican fare.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Ruby Tuesday.
Keep your diet in check at Ruby Tuesday, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Ruby Tuesday offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Take it nice and easy at Ruby Tuesday, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Ruby Tuesday will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
An average meal at Ruby Tuesday will set you back about $30.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Ruby Tuesday serves up all three meals.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Ruby Tuesday.
Ruby Tuesday serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
For fresh maki, Bristol's Fuji Japanese Steakhouse has got you covered.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Your group can sit comfortably at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, a local restaurant.
Fuji Japanese Steakhouse offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Bring the Fuji Japanese Steakhouse's great food to your place.
Save some dough on parking at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse.
A visit to Fuji Japanese Steakhouse will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse — swing by for your favorite meal.
Come into Fuji Japanese Steakhouse's Japanese restaurant today and experience their tasty cuisine!
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.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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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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