Visit A&W Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Mount Pleasant's Mount Pleasant.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
With tasty food under $15, less is more at A&W Restaurant.
When American food comes to mind, A&W Restaurant should be your first choice.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Gino's Pizza of Latrobe, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Wear what you like when you dine at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the pizzeria's take-out and delivery options.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Gino's Pizza of Latrobe to create the perfect night.
Drivers will be happy to know that Gino's Pizza of Latrobe is located near many street and lot parking options.
Commute by bike to Gino's Pizza of Latrobe and find easy bike parking.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe.
The 21st-century is here at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Gino's Pizza of Latrobe for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Gino's Pizza of Latrobe.
Gino's Pizza of Latrobe serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Jioio's Family Restaurant have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Jioio's Family Restaurant caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Jioio's Family Restaurant also offers catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Jioio's Family Restaurant for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Jioio's Family Restaurant.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Jioio's Family Restaurant, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Jioio's Family Restaurant is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Just because Jioio's Family Restaurant is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
So when you need a pizza without the stress, Jioio's Family Restaurant has your back!
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Jioio's Family Restaurant a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Primanti Brothers Greensburg.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Primanti Brothers Greensburg.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Primanti Brothers Greensburg's great happy hour.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Primanti Brothers Greensburg also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
At Primanti Brothers Greensburg, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
Commute by bike to Primanti Brothers Greensburg and find easy bike parking.
The menu at Primanti Brothers Greensburg includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Primanti Brothers Greensburg 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.
Make your way over to Primanti Brothers Greensburg and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
Score your next slice at Little E's Pizzeria — this Johnstown joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Little E's Pizzeria serves up a wide variety of menu items, including tasty gluten-free eats.
The bar at this pizzeria is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Wifi is on the house at Little E's Pizzeria, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Little E's Pizzeria.
Put the suit away when heading to Little E's Pizzeria — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Little E's Pizzeria.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Little E's Pizzeria.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Little E's Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Little E's Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
Before ordering just a generic box of pizza, re-think that decision and go with a pie above the rest from Little E's Pizzeria.
If you're in the mood for comfort food, enjoy a cheeseburger with a mound of golden fries at burger house Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this burger joint has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this burger joint, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Sit outside at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this burger joint.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for their catering services.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Make use of the ample parking near Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
So what are you waiting for? Give into your burger craving at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and enjoy a little taste of paradise.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers takes burgers to a whole new level. Swing by today for a casual and tasty bite to eat.
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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