Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Enjoy Italian at its best and choose from specialty pastas and pizzas just the way you like them.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant offers catering.
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The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant.
Tolli's Apizza and Restaurant provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
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Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
At this pizzeria, kids of all ages are welcome.
Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
This pizzeria is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Aniello's Pizza and Italian Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
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Visit Chili's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Chili's. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
At Chili's, diners can score happy hour deals.
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Chili's caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Chili's wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
You can also grab your food to go.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Chili's for catering.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to Chili's.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Chili's is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Chili's, and they're waiting to serve you!
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Chili's.
For veggie and meat sandwiches on homemade bread, head to Minervini's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Getting online is easy with Minervini's Pizzeria and Restaurant's free and convenient wifi.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
That's right! Minervini's Pizzeria and Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Minervini's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
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If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Minervini's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
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Fresh fare can be found at Sandpiper Restaurant, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Sandpiper Restaurant will leave you happy and full.
The drink list at Sandpiper Restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
With its kid-friendly vibe, Sandpiper Restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Dine out in the open during Sandpiper Restaurant's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Your large group can all sit together at Sandpiper Restaurant.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
For the tastes of Sandpiper Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
At Sandpiper Restaurant, free parking is offered on the whole block.
There's no need to bust your budget at Sandpiper Restaurant, with most meals costing under $15.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Build the perfect sandwich at La Pergola.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of La Pergola's al fresco patio seating.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at La Pergola.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from La Pergola as well.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Save money and time when you drive and dine in. You can stay for free in our wonderful and spacious parking lot.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at La Pergola.
So if you're looking for a quick meal on the go, just pick up a delicious sandwich from La Pergola.
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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