Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
The menu at Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant's gorgeous patio.
Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant is a prime location to dine with a group.
Keep it casual at Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant as well.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
The parking lot near Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Dine in for dinner to see what the pizzeria is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Avicolli's Pizza Restaurant is the place for you.
Build your own burger at Retreat — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Retreat.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
At Retreat, diners can score happy hour deals.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Retreat has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Musical patrons frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
No need to dress up for a trip to Retreat — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Retreat's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
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.
Deep pockets not required! Retreat takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Retreat, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Retreat.
Make your way over to Retreat and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Pizza Man's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Pizza Man is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Cheers to the weekend! Pizza Man is serving up the fun!
For music and dancing, Pizza Man also features live bands and an open floor.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Pizza Man's low-key style is the perfect match.
Catering from Pizza Man will take your party to the next level.
Enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the pizzeria.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Pizza Man.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Pizza Man come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Pizza Man a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Sal's Pizzeria — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Sal's Pizzeria's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
At Sal's Pizzeria, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Sal's Pizzeria will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
This pizzeria serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Sal's Pizzeria.
Sal's Pizzeria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Sal's Pizzeria is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Sal's Pizzeria, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Sal's Pizzeria.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Sal's Pizzeria.
Outback Steakhouse takes their beef seriously, earning them a multi-star rating from their many loyal customers.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Outback Steakhouse, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Your large group can all sit together at Outback Steakhouse.
Keep it casual at Outback Steakhouse, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
Meals at Outback Steakhouse are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to Outback Steakhouse where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
Steak-lovers rejoice! Getting the juiciest, most flavorful steaks in town is easy when you stop in for a meal at Outback Steakhouse.
Test your spice threshold at India House Restaurant, and see how much heat your palate can handle at this Indian eatery.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on India House Restaurant — the restaurant has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Skip long waits and head to India House Restaurant with your large group for easy seating.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
You can also serve food from India House Restaurant at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
India House Restaurant is conveniently close to a parking lot.
India House Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
You can stop by at almost any time, since India House Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you have a hankering for some Indian fare, head on over to India House Restaurant and get your fix.
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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