Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Cruisin.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Access the Internet free of charge via Cruisin's complimentary wifi.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Cruisin is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Cruisin.
Cruisin provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Cruisin offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Cruisin serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cruisin 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.
When you come to Cruisin, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
At Donley's Old West Steakhouse in Union, you can enjoy a well-seasoned, juicy steak.
Low-fat is one factor and amazing taste is another. Come see which wins out at Donley's Old West Steakhouse.
Donley's Old West Steakhouse's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Parents appreciate Donley's Old West Steakhouse's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Dine out in the open during Donley's Old West Steakhouse's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Donley's Old West Steakhouse is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Donley's Old West Steakhouse's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Donley's Old West Steakhouse for catering.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
A visit to Donley's Old West Steakhouse will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
The large dining space at Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta's low-key style is the perfect match.
The pizzeria has catering services as well.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come taste the pizza at Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
The pizza at Alfredo's Pizza and Pasta is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
Chick-N-Dip serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Hampshire's Hampshire district.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Chick-N-Dip.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Chick-N-Dip.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Chick-N-Dip, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Chick-N-Dip encourages less-than-fancy attire.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Chick-N-Dip for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Chick-N-Dip s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
A cash-only venue, visitors should consider their bank accounts beforehand.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Chick-N-Dip tastes like pure heaven!
Dig in to your favorite American meal at Red Ox Restaurant and Bar.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Come order a flavorful feast at Red Ox Restaurant and Bar, and sit outside if it's nice!
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Red Ox Restaurant and Bar is close to multiple parking options.
Meals at Red Ox Restaurant and Bar usually set you back about $30 per diner.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Red Ox Restaurant and Bar and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So round up your friends and head over to Red Ox Restaurant and Bar for a casual American meal.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Luigis Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings for this Huntley joint.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Luigis Pizza has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Luigis Pizza patrons come in casual attire.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Luigis Pizza also offers catering.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Luigis Pizza.
Take a break from buyer's remorse at Luigis Pizza, where each and every bite won't cost you much (but will taste like a million bucks).
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Luigis Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Luigis Pizza has you covered.
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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