Tomaato's Restaurant's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Tomaato's Restaurant's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this pizzeria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
At Tomaato's Restaurant, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Tomaato's Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this pizzeria's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Tomaato's Restaurant to create the perfect night.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Tomaato's Restaurant.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Tomaato's Restaurant s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
The pizzeria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Tomaato's Restaurant is ready and waiting to be served.
So bring your appetite to Tomaato's Restaurant. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Tomaato's Restaurant.
So when pizza is calling your name, head on over to Tomaato's Restaurant and give into your craving.
First and 10 Bar and Grill offers crave-able burger creations, such as a barbecue burger or a classic cheeseburger.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this burger joint, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Be sure to check out First and 10 Bar and Grill's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
First and 10 Bar and Grill is a great location to host a group dinner.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the burger joint on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
First and 10 Bar and Grill offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and First and 10 Bar and Grill will ensure that it is delicious.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
First and 10 Bar and Grill provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as First and 10 Bar and Grill serves three meals a day.
Burger-lovers rejoice! First and 10 Bar and Grill is about to become your new favorite hamburger joint.
When you're up for a casual meal, head over to First and 10 Bar and Grill and grab a burger.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
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.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Bully's Sports Bar and Grill has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Through their catering service, Bully's Sports Bar and Grill can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Enjoy the quick and painless street parking at Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Bully's Sports Bar and Grill makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Deep pockets not required! Bully's Sports Bar and Grill takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Bully's Sports Bar and Grill and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Bully's Sports Bar and Grill has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Compadres Mexican Restaurant — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Compadres Mexican Restaurant diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
At Compadres Mexican Restaurant, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Compadres Mexican Restaurant, known for its laid-back ambience.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Compadres Mexican Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Street parking is the only parking option close to Compadres Mexican Restaurant.
Compadres Mexican Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Compadres Mexican Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Compadres Mexican Restaurant your first stop.
Stop in Compadres Mexican Restaurant today and enjoy a Mexico-inspired meal in a casual setting.
So when you're seeking a new Mexican restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Compadres Mexican Restaurant.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice’s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Mofo's Pizza and Pasta have Wood Creek visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
The restaurant offers an extensive list of mouthwatering pizzas and hearty pastas.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Mofo's Pizza and Pasta's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this pizzeria — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Mofo's Pizza and Pasta.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
At Mofo's Pizza and Pasta, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
A meal at Mofo's Pizza and Pasta will typically set you back about $30.
So come taste the pizza at Mofo's Pizza and Pasta for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Mofo's Pizza and Pasta. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So head over to Mofo's Pizza and Pasta, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Mofo's Pizza and Pasta and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
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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