For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, P J Whelihans' Pub is a top pick.
For healthy meals low in fat, check out P J Whelihans' Pub.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Wifi is on the house at P J Whelihans' Pub, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at P J Whelihans' Pub.
Your large group can all sit together at P J Whelihans' Pub.
Amp up your evening with some music — live bands or a DJ often perform here.
Tap your foot to P J Whelihans' Pub's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
P J Whelihans' Pub draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this restaurant can exceed a jackhammer.
Casual dining at its best, P J Whelihans' Pub customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from P J Whelihans' Pub.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
P J Whelihans' Pub's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Are you ready for a bite of pure heaven with P J Whelihans' Pub's delicious pub food?
Even when there isn't a game playing on any of the flat-screen televisions, Steakouts Home Plate maintains the upbeat, spirited environment of a neighborhood sports bar. Dark woodwork, gray stone, and slate-blue walls fill most of the space, providing a cozy place for guests to lounge until as late as 2 a.m. on select evenings. Throughout the week, the bar entertains crowds by hosting regular karaoke nights, pub trivia competitions, and performances by live bands and DJs. Steakouts Home Plate even includes a covered, outdoor pavilion with a distinctive beach theme featuring a corrugated metal bar, mounted surfboards, and a sand volleyball court brimming with buried treasure chests. During the fall, guests can enjoy Steakout's Halloween festivities, Devil's Woods. Events include a haunted walk and a zombie shoot, where guests are given a paintball gun to shoot at "zombies."
Relaxing with a drink isn't the only option at Steakouts Home Plate. The eatery also indulges patrons with a menu of classic comfort foods. Sirloin-stuffed cheesesteaks, Black Angus burgers, and pizzas topped with everything from sliced rib eye and fried onion to crab, shrimp, and scallops provide hearty meals. The selection of finger foods is similarly broad, featuring oysters and clams on the half shell in addition to wings doused with one of seven sweet, savory, or spicy sauces.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this pizzeria.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this pizzeria.
Throwing a big party? Count on Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the pizzeria.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Sal's Pizza and Italian Restaurant and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Ott's On The Green.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Ott's On The Green is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Ott's On The Green diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Ott's On The Green's style.
You can also have Ott's On The Green cater your next event.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Ott's On The Green since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The friendly staff at Ott's On The Green are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Swing by Ott's On The Green today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
So head on over to the highly-rated Ott's On The Green for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Dress down for your next pizza party — Naples Pizza serves a low-key slice in Harrison Township's Mullica Hill district.
The menu at Naples Pizza is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Naples Pizza has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Naples Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Naples Pizza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Commute by bike to Naples Pizza and find easy bike parking.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Naples Pizza s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
At Naples Pizza, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Naples Pizza is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Naples Pizza?
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Lake House Restaurant caters to those craving an all-American meal.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Lake House Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Lake House Restaurant's al fresco patio seating.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Lake House Restaurant's wifi.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Lake House Restaurant, so dress for comfort when you come.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Lake House Restaurant's diners.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Lake House Restaurant.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Lake House Restaurant.
Lake House Restaurant serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Lake House Restaurant.
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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