Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Champ's Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Champ's Pizza is a fine restaurant selection for those craving healthy, gluten-free food.
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.
Champ's Pizza is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Champ's Pizza is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Champ's Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Champ's Pizza, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Champ's Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Champ's Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Champ's Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Champ's Pizza cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
For a hot pizza that packs in all the flavors you love, stop on by Champ's Pizza.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Milanese Pizza, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Milanese Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Milanese Pizza, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Milanese Pizza for their catering services.
Milanese Pizza patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Howard St location.
Milanese Pizza offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Milanese Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
So bring your appetite to Milanese Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Milanese Pizza.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Milanese Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Pat's Pizzeria — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Pat's Pizzeria serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Got kids? No problem at Pat's Pizzeria! This pizzeria is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Pat's Pizzeria's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Pat's Pizzeria as well.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Parking is always free and easy when you dine at Pat's Pizzeria.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Pat's Pizzeria, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Pat's Pizzeria is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Pat's Pizzeria (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head on over to Pat's Pizzeria, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
The pizza at Pat's Pizzeria is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
Manny's Sicilia Pizza is a local pizza gem for casual diners.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Manny's Sicilia Pizza is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Manny's Sicilia Pizza for catering.
Drivers will be happy to know that Manny's Sicilia Pizza is located near many street and lot parking options.
Manny's Sicilia Pizza offers various parking options, including bike parking.
The average check at Manny's Sicilia Pizza will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Make sure you bring enough cash to Manny's Sicilia Pizza to cover your expenses.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Manny's Sicilia Pizza is a great dining option for any time of day.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Manny's Sicilia Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Manny's Sicilia Pizza.
Throwbacks Bar and Grill serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Delran's Delran district.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Throwbacks Bar and Grill provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
At Throwbacks Bar and Grill, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
Can't get enough of Throwbacks Bar and Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Throwbacks Bar and Grill s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Eat your way through the day at Throwbacks Bar and Grill — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Throwbacks Bar and Grill.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Throwbacks Bar and Grill and load up on some classic American dishes.
Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Cinnaminson's Cinnaminson district.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
At Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Park in the open lot next to Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge and score easy and free parking.
Your bill at Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Hathaway's Restaurant and Lounge and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
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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