Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
Parents appreciate this pizzeria's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Or, take your grub to go.
For the tastes of Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
The lot adjacent to Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant provides free parking for diners.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Visit Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
If you're looking for some fine Italian cooking, you'll definitely love Aegean Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant, Holbrook's classic pizza venue.
Vegan diners can chow down on all of their favorite eats at Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
Sometimes it's annoying to plan events for big groups, and sometimes it's easy with great restaurants like Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant helping you out.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant — attire is casual.
Through their catering service, Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Free parking is always available just seconds away from Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
The pizzeria is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
When you're looking for a romantic meal filled with rich Italian dishes, Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant is your answer.
So give your taste buds a delicious dose of Italian cooking from Mamma Lombardi's Restaurant today.
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood, Holbrook's classic pizza venue.
Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood.
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.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Can't stay at this pizzeria long? Pick up and go home.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood for catering.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the pizzeria, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
A tasty pizza form Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's Mama's Pizza Pasta and Seafood.
Grab some friends and head on over to Irish Times Pub for great pub grub.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Irish Times Pub has you covered on both fronts.
Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this bar.
Reserve your own room at Irish Times Pub so that you can create your own private party.
Irish Times Pub's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
It is not uncommon for Irish Times Pub to feature live tunes or a DJ.
Feel the beat on the bar dance floor and groove to live music.
Take note that the bar can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
If you plan to hit the bar on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Irish Times Pub will ensure that it is delicious.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to Irish Times Pub.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the bar.
Are you ready for a bite of pure heaven with Irish Times Pub's delicious pub food?
If you're craving food from one of the top British pubs in Holbrook, Irish Times Pub is the place to go.
Have a relaxing night with a refreshing beverage and tasty pizza at Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza.
Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the pizzeria can get packed.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza offers catering.
Whether you're heading to Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Oven Lovin Hero's and Pizza and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Outback Steakhouse in Holbrook offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Outback Steakhouse, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Outback Steakhouse.
Catering from Outback Steakhouse will take your party to the next level.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Free parking is available right next door.
Outback Steakhouse s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
Get ready to try some of the best steaks in town when you dine at Outback Steakhouse.
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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