If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this pizzeria's menu.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Dine out in the open during Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria is a great location to host a group dinner.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria's low-key style is the perfect match.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
The pizzeria has catering services as well.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria.
Eat your way through the day at Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
So come taste the pizza at Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria.
So head on over to Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Brooklyn's Old Neighborhood Style Pizzeria.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Desperado's Mexican Restaurant say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Desperado's Mexican Restaurant has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Desperado's Mexican Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
The parking lot near Desperado's Mexican Restaurant will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Desperado's Mexican Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Desperado's Mexican Restaurant is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Eat your way through the day at Desperado's Mexican Restaurant — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Desperado's Mexican Restaurant your first stop.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Desperado's Mexican Restaurant and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
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For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina for a Mexican-style menu.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
If you're having a party, no need to stress out about cooking, cleaning or getting tables and chairs, have your party at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina instead.
When the weather is nice, hurry to On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina to grab a spot on the patio.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
Bring the On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's great food to your place.
Or, take your food to go.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
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 On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
From tacos to chips and salsa, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina has you covered when it comes to tasty Mexican cuisine.
Enjoy bottomless chips and salsa and a casual ambiance at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
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Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's gorgeous patio.
Not to be overlooked is On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's no-charge wifi.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's tasty dishes at your next party.
There is parking close to the restaurant.
Deep pockets not required! On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Eat your way through the day at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
When you just want to relax and indulge in some Mexican fare, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina has you covered.
So break out of your normal dining routine and head over to On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina for some flavorful Mexican fare.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Chipotle Mexican Grill — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Vegan and gluten-free diners will fall in love with the menu at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Chipotle Mexican Grill's gorgeous patio.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
Or, take your food to go.
You can also serve food from Chipotle Mexican Grill at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Chipotle Mexican Grill since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Chipotle Mexican Grill serves up a variety of Mexican eats, so head on over today and indulge in some of your favorites.
Spicy hot ratings heat up the food at India Garden, so those with a passion for Indian fare should head on over for a tasty meal.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Access the Internet free of charge via India Garden's complimentary wifi.
India Garden offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Through their catering service, India Garden can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near India Garden.
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.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes India Garden has to offer.
At India Garden, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as India Garden serves three meals a day.
So for A+ curries and Indian dishes everyone is talking about, be sure to check out the menu at India Garden.
For traditional and authentic Indian food, look no further than India Garden.
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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