Lee's Hoagie House traces its origins back to 1953, when a small storefront at 19th Street and Cheltenham Avenue in Philadelphia's Mount Airy neighborhood began to churn out addictively delicious hoagies and cheesesteaks. The shop became a local institution and eventually spread to multiple locations in the greater Philadelphia area.
Customers fell hard for Lee's custom-made hoagies piled high with fresh meats, cheeses, and veggies, and drizzled with the restaurant's secret oil. Eventually, Lee's appeared on TV programs and news spots. It also earned praise from the press, including Philadelphia magazine, which once called its cheesesteak "pure cheese-soaked perfection."
The menu now includes many new items to complement the eatery's original eats, such as chicken cheesesteaks, salads, and chicken wings.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this pizzeria's menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this pizzeria — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are.
Keep it casual at Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Through their catering service, Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Short on cash? No problem. Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro happily accepts all major credit cards.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro is at the top of the list.
Just because Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro 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.
Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
When you order pizza from Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Visit Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
When you're in the mood for pasta or pizza, head over to Giuseppe's Pizza and Restaurant of Richboro and indulge in a classic Italian dish.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza with their complimentary wifi.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza offers patio seating in the warmer months.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back.
You can also have Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza cater your next event.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's pizza.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza truly is the best pizza place for your dollar in the area.
Pop over to Joe's Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Joe's Pizza's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Joe's Pizza.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Joe's Pizza, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Joe's Pizza, so dress for comfort when you come.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
You can also have Joe's Pizza cater your next event.
Those driving to Joe's Pizza can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Joe's Pizza.
Joe's Pizza knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Joe's Pizza serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Joe's Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Joe's Pizza's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Joe's Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Joe's Pizza.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Frank's Pizza New York Style have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Frank's Pizza New York Style is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Frank's Pizza New York Style's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Frank's Pizza New York Style prides itself in its delicious catering.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Frank's Pizza New York Style's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Frank's Pizza New York Style since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come taste the pizza at Frank's Pizza New York Style for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Frank's Pizza New York Style, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Frank's Pizza New York Style.
Frank's Pizza New York Style's pizza is oozing with delicious cheese and sauce, so make sure to pick one up on your way home.
Buckingham Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Buckingham Pizza.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Buckingham Pizza and order great food.
Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this pizzeria.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Buckingham Pizza in jeans and a hoodie.
Through their catering service, Buckingham Pizza can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Come in or stay home. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Heading to Buckingham Pizza for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
The pizzeria's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
Everyone's talking about Buckingham Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Buckingham Pizza's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Buckingham Pizza.
So grab a slice of pizza or two from Buckingham Pizza and enjoy a great lunch or dinner.
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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