Pizza Village's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Pizza Village, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Pizza Village with their complimentary wifi.
Between the music and the crowds, Pizza Village's noise levels can be intense.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Your tab at Pizza Village will usually run to about $30 per guest.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Pizza Village.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Pizza Village (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Pizza Village.
After learning about Pizza Village, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
Fans of Brooklyn Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Brooklyn Pizzeria.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Between the music and the crowds, Brooklyn Pizzeria's noise levels can be intense.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Brooklyn Pizzeria can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Brooklyn Pizzeria, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Brooklyn Pizzeria.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Brooklyn Pizzeria (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head on over to Brooklyn Pizzeria, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Brooklyn Pizzeria.
As its multi-star ratings show, Outback Steakhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Outback Steakhouse's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Outback Steakhouse is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Outback Steakhouse — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Outback Steakhouse also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Your tab at Outback Steakhouse will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Outback Steakhouse knows there's nothing like a big, juicy steak, so head on down and see what all the hype is about.
For a sophisticated meal at a price you can afford, head on over to the highly-rated Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a great steak.
Fresh fare can be found at McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood.
Skip long waits and head to McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood with your large group for easy seating.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
The parking lot near McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Meals at McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
McCall's Bar-B-Que and Seafood has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at East Coast Wings & Grill in Goldsboro.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
On warmer days, take advantage of East Coast Wings & Grill's outdoor seating.
East Coast Wings & Grill offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
East Coast Wings & Grill wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
At East Coast Wings & Grill, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
East Coast Wings & Grill offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at East Coast Wings & Grill.
Visit Waffle House for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Goldsboro's Goldsboro.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Keep it casual at Waffle House — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
The restaurant is within walking distance to a number of parking options.
Waffle House offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
You won't have to hand them your (whole) wallet at Waffle House — meals often run less than $15.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Waffle House — swing by for your favorite meal.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
Waffle House is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
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.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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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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