Bjs restaurant and brewhouse does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Easy-to-please items run throughout the menu — pizza and pasta are big here — so everyone can find a familiar favorite.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Bjs restaurant and brewhouse.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Bjs restaurant and brewhouse, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Bjs restaurant and brewhouse's wifi.
Bjs restaurant and brewhouse can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Bjs restaurant and brewhouse won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Bring the Bjs restaurant and brewhouse's great food to your place.
Bjs restaurant and brewhouse is located near endless free parking options.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Bjs restaurant and brewhouse also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Bjs restaurant and brewhouse come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
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For a tall glass of beer, there's no better place to go than Bjs restaurant and brewhouse for the connoisseur at heart.
Sizzling steaks served hot off the grill are prepared just the way you like them at Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room — come see what all the five-star hype is about and see if this steakhouse is right for you.
Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room is a prime restaurant for those who dig vegan fare.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Getting online is easy with Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room's free and convenient wifi.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room.
Those driving to Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room.
A visit to Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room knows there's nothing like a big, juicy steak, so head on down and see what all the hype is about.
So sit down to an excellent steak dinner at Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room, where you can expect terrific flavor and quality in every bite.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Health nuts will love Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
This pizzeria welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza is ultra casual.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza to create the perfect night.
Our customers come for our delicious food. They stay in our free parking.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza.
Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
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Pietro's Cucina Italiana and Pizza is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
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Fans of Sanfilippo's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Sanfilippo's Pizza is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Sanfilippo's Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Keep it casual at Sanfilippo's Pizza — the pizzeria is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Call Sanfilippo's Pizza for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Your tab at Sanfilippo's Pizza will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Everyone's talking about Sanfilippo's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
So bring your appetite to Sanfilippo's Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Sanfilippo's Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
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Sanfilippo's Pizza knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
For that all-American meal, head to burger house Fuddruckers in La Mesa's La Mesa district.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Fuddruckers has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
This burger joint also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this burger joint, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Fuddruckers' complimentary wifi.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Fuddruckers.
The large dining space at Fuddruckers provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Between the music and the crowds, Fuddruckers' noise levels can be intense.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Fuddruckers won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this burger joint's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Fuddruckers also offers catering.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Fuddruckers.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Cheap meals don't have to lack flavor as shown by the innovative dishes coming out of Fuddruckers' kitchen.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Fuddruckers since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you are in the mood for an innovative and creative burger, look no further than Fuddruckers.
So take a break from your long day and relax with a tasty burger from Fuddruckers.
It's always a party at Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant is serving up not just healthy gluten-free meals but tasty gluten-free meals.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant also offers catering.
Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
At Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant.
Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than Mario's De La Mesa 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.
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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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