As its multi-star ratings show, FoxFire serves the best in all things beef, making this Geneva steakhouse hard to match.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Book a private room at FoxFire and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at FoxFire.
Bring your furry friend along for a delicious meal at FoxFire.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
The dress code at FoxFire is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from FoxFire as well.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
FoxFire offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Dining at FoxFire will set you back about $30 per person on average.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to FoxFire where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
All the best cuts in town await you at FoxFire, your new favorite steakhouse.
California Pizza Kitchen's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the pizzeria's menu.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on California Pizza Kitchen's outdoor patio.
Wifi is at your disposal for a token fee.
California Pizza Kitchen is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than California Pizza Kitchen, so dress for comfort when you come.
If you need to feed a big crowd, California Pizza Kitchen also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Deep pockets not required! California Pizza Kitchen takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, California Pizza Kitchen is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than California Pizza Kitchen's pizza.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at California Pizza Kitchen.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at California Pizza Kitchen?
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Charlie Fox's Pizzeria, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Charlie Fox's Pizzeria features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Charlie Fox's Pizzeria prides itself in its delicious catering.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the pizzeria's take-out and delivery options.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Charlie Fox's Pizzeria's E State St address.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Charlie Fox's Pizzeria s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Charlie Fox's Pizzeria and taste test your way through the menu.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Charlie Fox's Pizzeria's pizza say it is the absolute best.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Charlie Fox's Pizzeria. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Charlie Fox's Pizzeria.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Charlie Fox's Pizzeria a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Nosh.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Nosh.
Hop online in no time using Nosh's free wifi.
Save a seat for man's best friend — this is a dog-friendly restaurant.
Reservations are not accepted at Nosh, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
At Nosh, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Nosh will ensure that it is delicious.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Nosh and treat yourself to an American classic.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Nosh is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Nosh.
For true American comfort food, head to Stockholm's for a sandwich or side of fries.
Stockholm's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Stockholm's.
Cut out wait times and book a table ahead of time.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Stockholm's, so dress for comfort when you come.
That's right! Stockholm's will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Cyclists are in luck. Stockholm's provides bike parking.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Stockholm's.
At Stockholm's, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Stockholm's' restaurant today.
Make your way over to Stockholm's and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So if you're looking to impress any beer connoisseurs you know, you'd be wise to bring them to the brewery at Stockholm's.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Country House, home of American comfort food.
Cut down on fat, cut out gluten, or go vegan at Country House, where top-notch taste meets healthy eating habits.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Not to be overlooked is Country House's no-charge wifi.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Country House with their charming outdoor seating.
Country House caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Country House is come-as-you-are.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Country House as well.
Save some dough on parking at Country House.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
When American food comes to mind, Country House should be your first choice.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Country House.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Country House.
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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