Bertucci's' piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Bertucci's' wifi.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Bertucci's' tasty dishes at your next party.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this pizzeria for carryout.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Bertucci's.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Bertucci's will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Convenience is essential at Bertucci's, and food is served from morning until night.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Bertucci's is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Bertucci's. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
Bertucci's cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Bertucci's and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
For fresh maki, Hauppauge's Gasho of Japan has got you covered.
Vegan, low-fat and gluten-free diners will be satisfied with the menu at Gasho of Japan.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Between the music and the crowds, Gasho of Japan's noise levels can be intense.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
Head to Gasho of Japan in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Through their catering service, Gasho of Japan can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Store your car in a nearby lot or pass it off to the valet service at Gasho of Japan.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Gasho of Japan has to offer.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Gasho of Japan serves up authentic and traditional Japanese fare, so head on over today and discover the delicacy of Japanese cuisine.
For a fresh blend of leafy greens and mix-ins, the salads at The Sexy Salad in Hauppauge are your best bet.
The Sexy Salad is a local, healthy restaurant that caters to those with dietary needs, especially those with gluten-free sensitivities.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Wifi is on the house at The Sexy Salad, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
The Sexy Salad caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Come order a flavorful feast at The Sexy Salad, and sit outside if it's nice!
The dress code at The Sexy Salad is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Bring the The Sexy Salad's great food to your place.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
The Sexy Salad is located near endless free parking options.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, The Sexy Salad is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at The Sexy Salad, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
So next time you stop into The Sexy Salad, you better be ready for a grade-A salad.
Branchinelli's offers a casual environment and multiple pizza choices that the whole family can enjoy.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Branchinelli's is come-as-you-are.
Or, take your food to go.
Catering services are also available.
Forget circling the block, Branchinelli's has plenty of nearby parking options.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Branchinelli's.
A meal at Branchinelli's will typically set you back about $30.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Branchinelli's provides service throughout the day.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Branchinelli's.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Branchinelli's to make that amazing pie a reality.
So the next time you're craving a decadent bowl of pasta or want to try a new Italian twist, Branchinelli's is ready for you.
Come to Butterfields to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Butterfields, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Butterfields offers patio seating in the warmer months.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Head to Butterfields in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Butterfields for their catering services.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Butterfields offers complimentary parking at a lot close by.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
When you're looking for a bite of some great American dishes, you definitely won't need to look any further than Butterfields.
Butterfields has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
For those who appreciate Italian cuisine, Sempre Vivolo Restaurant is a pizza-pasta haven.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
The restaurant tends to blast tunes over an already rambunctious crowd, so be ready for thunderous noise here.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Sempre Vivolo Restaurant in jeans and a hoodie.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Sempre Vivolo Restaurant cater for you.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Sempre Vivolo Restaurant.
A meal at Sempre Vivolo Restaurant will typically set you back about $30.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Sempre Vivolo 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.
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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