At New Socials Bar and Grill, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on New Socials Bar and Grill's free wifi.
Large groups will appreciate New Socials Bar and Grill for its ability to seat them quickly.
When the weather is nice, hurry to New Socials Bar and Grill to grab a spot on the patio.
It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Perfect for an after-work outing, New Socials Bar and Grill won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Or, take your grub to go.
New Socials Bar and Grill is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to New Socials Bar and Grill.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit New Socials Bar and Grill and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at New Socials Bar and Grill and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at The Pizza Stone — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint.
Being gluten-free and turning down tasty food are not the same things, and the cooks at The Pizza Stone will prove to you why not.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
The Pizza Stone is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Get online for free courtesy of The Pizza Stone's wifi.
The pizzeria's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, The Pizza Stone's low-key style is the perfect match.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
At The Pizza Stone, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Bike parking is quick and easy at The Pizza Stone.
Prices at The Pizza Stone typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Critics award the most brownie points to the pizzeria's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at The Pizza Stone.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay The Pizza Stone a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by Lil' Red Baron for a Mexican-style menu.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Whether you have a large or small group, Lil' Red Baron can accommodate both.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Lil' Red Baron to grab a spot on the patio.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Lil' Red Baron's wifi.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Lil' Red Baron patrons come in casual attire.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Lil' Red Baron.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Travel by bike to Lil' Red Baron and store your bike at a nearby rack.
An average meal at Lil' Red Baron will set you back about $30.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Lil' Red Baron.
Lil' Red Baron features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
Visit Country Kitchen for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Newport's Newport.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
At Country Kitchen, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Country Kitchen is business casual all the way.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Country Kitchen prides itself in its delicious catering.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Country Kitchen, a local restaurant.
Country Kitchen's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Your tab at Country Kitchen will generally run you about $30 per person.
At Country Kitchen, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Country Kitchen's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
Swing by Country Kitchen today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Country Kitchen.
The New American Grill is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at The New American Grill with their complimentary wifi.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at The New American Grill, known for its laid-back ambience.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve The New American Grill's tasty dishes at your next party.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
At The New American Grill, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely The New American Grill who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
Pay The New American Grill a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated The New American Grill.
A lunchtime staple, find fresh sandwiches at Fifty Six Main St Restaurant.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Fifty Six Main St Restaurant is creating innovative healthy meals.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Fifty Six Main St Restaurant will be able to accommodate your large party.
Be sure to check out Fifty Six Main St Restaurant's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Fifty Six Main St Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
This restaurant accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Fifty Six Main St Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
If you are looking for a new lunch or dinner option, stop by Fifty Six Main St Restaurant and enjoy a great sandwich.
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:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
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.
Check out more coconut-oil coverage:
Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible
The Five Best Uses for Coconut Oil You’ve Never Heard Of