Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Vito's Pizza — this Pennington pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Vito's Pizza.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Your group can sit comfortably at Vito's Pizza, a local restaurant.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Vito's Pizza with their charming outdoor seating.
Get to the pizzeria early to have your pick of tables — with its no-reservation policy, the place can fill up at busy times.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Vito's Pizza to your next party or event.
Park in the open lot next to Vito's Pizza and score easy and free parking.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the pizzeria.
Vito's Pizza is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Vito's Pizza is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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 Vito's Pizza.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Vito's Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Vito's Pizza.
A tasty pizza form Vito's Pizza is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
Vito's Pizza's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
For authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, look no further than the highly-rated Vito's Pizza.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Triumph Brewing Company.
Catch the game at Triumph Brewing Company, a local restaurant with TVs.
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.
Triumph Brewing Company is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
Come order a flavorful feast at Triumph Brewing Company, and sit outside if it's nice!
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Tap your foot to Triumph Brewing Company's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Triumph Brewing Company's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Triumph Brewing Company is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Triumph Brewing Company for easy access to parking lots.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Triumph Brewing Company.
Expect your bill at Triumph Brewing Company to come in at around $30 per person.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Triumph Brewing Company.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Triumph Brewing Company serves up all three meals.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Triumph Brewing Company's tasty restaurant.
For American cuisine with an innovative twist, head on over to Triumph Brewing Company.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Vidalia Restaurant, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Vidalia Restaurant is creating healthy dishes that are delicious AND wait for it....vegan!
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
A private room is available for reservation at Vidalia Restaurant for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Vidalia Restaurant's wifi.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Vidalia Restaurant to grab a spot on the patio.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Vidalia Restaurant to your next party or event.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Vidalia Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Meals at Vidalia Restaurant usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Vidalia Restaurant offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
For prime Italian fare, Vidalia Restaurant is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's Vidalia Restaurant.
Get ready to eat at this chic Italian hot spot — De Anna's Restaurant serves the latest in Italian cuisine.
Guess what? De Anna's Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
De Anna's Restaurant is a BYOB restaurant in a prime location.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Sometimes it's annoying to plan events for big groups, and sometimes it's easy with great restaurants like De Anna's Restaurant helping you out.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on De Anna's Restaurant's patio.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at De Anna's Restaurant, where business casual attire is standard.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
De Anna's Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to De Anna's Restaurant.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at De Anna's Restaurant.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
So make plans to come try the trendy Italian twists at De Anna's Restaurant.
So treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal from De Anna's Restaurant and satisfy your hunger.
Avanti Ristorante Italiano knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Eat healthy and feel better with Avanti Ristorante Italiano's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
At Avanti Ristorante Italiano, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Avanti Ristorante Italiano.
Keep it casual at Avanti Ristorante Italiano, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
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 Avanti Ristorante Italiano.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Avanti Ristorante Italiano is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
So pay the highly-rated Avanti Ristorante Italiano a visit today and enjoy some tasty and classic Italian dishes.
Dress down for your next pizza party — Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria serves a low-key slice.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Parents appreciate this pizzeria's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Don't like waiting to be seated? Make a reservation whether it's just you or the whole group.
Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria for their catering services.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Diners at Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria will love the free parking nearby.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Taste the greatness Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria is serving up with meals around $30.
Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
When you're in the mood for pasta or pizza, head over to Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria and indulge in a classic Italian dish.
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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