Moretti's' cheesy goodness cannot be beat — this mellow establishment has perfected the art of pizza.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
Big family? No problem. Bring the whole gang to Moretti's.
Not to be overlooked is Moretti's' no-charge wifi.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Moretti's' gorgeous patio.
The pizzeria's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Moretti's, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Catering services are also available.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
A typical meal at Moretti's will set you back less than $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Moretti's since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Moretti's, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Moretti's and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Tammy's Pizza and Pasta offers a casual environment and multiple pizza choices that the whole family can enjoy.
Tammy's Pizza and Pasta stocks its menu with lovable pizzas and hearty pastas that are sure to hook anyone's palate.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Parents appreciate this pizzeria's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
The patio seating at Tammy's Pizza and Pasta is perfect for those warm summer days.
Tammy's Pizza and Pasta will be able to accommodate your large party.
Tammy's Pizza and Pasta's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
You can also have Tammy's Pizza and Pasta cater your next event.
Grab this pizzeria's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Tammy's Pizza and Pasta provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Tammy's Pizza and Pasta accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Tammy's Pizza and Pasta a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Tammy's Pizza and Pasta has you covered.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Be sure to check out Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction for their catering services.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
At Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction, you can safely park just around the corner.
Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction's moderately priced fare.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction a try.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction and load up on some classic American dishes.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction today.
Italian eats can be found at Paisano's, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Paisano's will be able to accommodate your large party.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Paisano's.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Paisano's.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Paisano's.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
See for yourself why Paisano's' Italian food is so highly considered.
Next time you're in the mood for authentic Italian cooking, remember to try the delicious fare at Paisano's.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Famous Freddie's Roadhouse.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Large groups will appreciate Famous Freddie's Roadhouse for its ability to seat them quickly.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Famous Freddie's Roadhouse's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Casual dining at its best, Famous Freddie's Roadhouse customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Famous Freddie's Roadhouse also offers catering.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
Famous Freddie's Roadhouse offers safe bike parking outside.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Famous Freddie's Roadhouse welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Famous Freddie's Roadhouse.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Famous Freddie's Roadhouse.
Come to Dockers for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Your group can sit comfortably at Dockers, a local restaurant.
On warmer days, take advantage of Dockers' outdoor seating.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Bring the Dockers' great food to your place.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Dockers, so plan your budget accordingly.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Dockers.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Dockers.
Make your way over to Dockers and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
Dockers has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
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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