Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Parker Pie Company's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Parker Pie Company's free wifi.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Parker Pie Company can seat both large and small groups.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Parker Pie Company.
Musical groups perform live at Parker Pie Company, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
The pizzeria's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Parker Pie Company's style.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Parker Pie Company also offers catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the pizzeria.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the pizzeria, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Parker Pie Company. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Parker Pie Company for a tasty pizza pie.
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When you are feeling hungry, pay Parker Pie Company a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
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.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta.
No need to dress to the nines here — Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
The average check at Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Hoagie's Pizza and Pasta.
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For familiar food you're sure to love, head to One Federal Restaurant for American-style cuisine.
One Federal Restaurant is serving up delicious dishes that are, as an added bonus, also healthy.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
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.
One Federal Restaurant offers patio seating in the warmer months.
At One Federal Restaurant, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
For a dressy dinner, One Federal Restaurant is just the right place to show off your favorite heels.
Or, take your food to go.
Catering services are also available.
If preferred, visitors can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at One Federal Restaurant.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at One Federal Restaurant.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into One Federal Restaurant's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
If you're looking for classic American fare, try One Federal Restaurant for your next meal.
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Score your next slice at Mimmo's Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
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.
The pizzeria can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Mimmo's Pizza as well.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Mimmo's Pizza.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the pizzeria's dinner menu will blow you away.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Mimmo's Pizza 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 Mimmo's Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Mimmo's Pizza.
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For prime Italian fare, Mimmo's Pizza is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
Is your mouth watering yet? Time to head over to Mimmo's Pizza for some delicious Italian cuisine.
Have a relaxing night with a refreshing beverage and tasty pizza at Rimrock's Mountain Tavern in Stowe's Stowe neighborhood.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Rimrock's Mountain Tavern — just right for large and merry gatherings.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Rimrock's Mountain Tavern's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Rimrock's Mountain Tavern.
Weekends are busy at the pizzeria, so be prepared for longer wait times.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Rimrock's Mountain Tavern — attire is casual.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this pizzeria.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
At Rimrock's Mountain Tavern, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
You can fill up on Rimrock's Mountain Tavern's delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Rimrock's Mountain Tavern.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Rimrock's Mountain Tavern.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Harley D's Bar and Grill, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Just around the workday bend are Harley D's Bar and Grill's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Harley D's Bar and Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Harley D's Bar and Grill has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Harley D's Bar and Grill.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Harley D's Bar and Grill.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Harley D's Bar and Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Harley D's Bar and Grill 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.
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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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