Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Jacksons Restaurant, a savory spot for American cuisine.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Jacksons Restaurant, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Jacksons Restaurant.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Jacksons Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Score free parking at the lot adjacent to Jacksons Restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Jacksons Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Meals at Jacksons Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Three meals a day are served at Jacksons Restaurant, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Jacksons Restaurant who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Jacksons Restaurant is all about.
At Patrick's Pub, you can snack away on tasty pub grub.
Patrick's Pub is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Patrick's Pub's free wifi hotspot.
Whether you have a large or small group, Patrick's Pub can accommodate both.
Patrick's Pub features live DJs that are sure to amp up your evening.
The weeknight rush is in full force at Patrick's Pub, so anticipate a wait if you go after work.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Patrick's Pub patrons come in casual attire.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Patrick's Pub also offers catering.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Patrick's Pub.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Patrick's Pub serves three meals a day.
Stop waiting to order that burger you're craving and come into Patrick's Pub for some terrific pub food.
Fans of Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Enlow hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Fill up on low-fat and healthy eats at Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts is a prime location to dine with a group.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts will ensure that it is delicious.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
At Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
So bring your appetite to Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay Angelia's Pizza/Chill Frozen Desserts a visit.
Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at Mad Mex Robinson in Pittsburgh's Robinson neighborhood.
Gather up your friends and head to Mad Mex Robinson for a vegan lunch or dinner.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Mad Mex Robinson.
Dine out in the open during Mad Mex Robinson's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Mad Mex Robinson.
When times call for a tighter wallet, dine at Mad Mex Robinson and keep your budget in check.
Mad Mex Robinson accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Mad Mex Robinson serves three meals a day.
Mad Mex Robinson is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, Mad Mex Robinson has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Sewickley's Sewickley Speakeasy — this Sewickley seafood spot has quite the selection.
Sewickley Speakeasy will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Sewickley Speakeasy is a BYOB restaurant in a prime location.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Reserve the private room at Sewickley Speakeasy for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Sewickley Speakeasy.
This restaurant's most sought after items include Crabmeat Hoelzel, Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Oysters Rockefeller Or Speakeasy, Shrimp Or Scallop Cocktail, and Baked Brie.
Formal attire is required so that you can look as nice as your meal does.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Sewickley Speakeasy also offers catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Valet and lot parking is easily accessible near Sewickley Speakeasy.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
So the next time you want to upgrade your dinner experience, catch some seafood at Sewickley Speakeasy's amazing restaurant.
Fans of Frank's Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Frank's Pizzeria serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Park on the street for easy access to name.
Prices at Frank's Pizzeria typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
At Frank's Pizzeria, you will need cash to pay for your expenses.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the pizzeria, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Frank's Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Frank's Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Frank's Pizzeria, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit Frank's Pizzeria and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
The pizza at Frank's Pizzeria is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
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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