Big tastes abound at Mario's Italian Restaurant, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Mario's Italian Restaurant is creating innovative healthy meals.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Mario's Italian Restaurant for easy seating.
Mario's Italian Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Mario's Italian Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
At Mario's Italian Restaurant, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Mario's Italian Restaurant.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Mario's Italian Restaurant is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
So sit down to a fine Italian meal at Mario's Italian Restaurant, where you can experience all the best flavors of Italy without a plane ticket.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Barley Bros Brewery's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the pizzeria's menu.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Barley Bros Brewery, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Barley Bros Brewery, where dress code calls for business casual.
Barley Bros Brewery can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Barley Bros Brewery.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Barley Bros Brewery.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Barley Bros Brewery (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head on over to Barley Bros Brewery, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Barley Bros Brewery.
Kick back and enjoy flavorful tacos, burritos and chips and salsa at Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu is creating innovative healthy meals.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu.
Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu, so dress for comfort when you come.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu as well.
Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're looking to indulge in a bit of Mexican fare, there's no better place than Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu.
A delicious Mexican dish is waiting for you at Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu, so stop by today and enjoy a yummy meal.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch.
This restaurant 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 restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch's outdoor patio seating.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch's wifi.
No need to dress up for a trip to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch.
Through their catering service, Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch.
Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Don't look any further, head to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch for your next American meal.
When you come to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Mc Kee's Pub and Grill.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Mc Kee's Pub and Grill's happy hour.
Mc Kee's Pub and Grill's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Mc Kee's Pub and Grill's live musical groups or DJs.
Work off your meal with a little music and dancing — live tunes are often featured at the restaurant, and a dance floor is open to all.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Mc Kee's Pub and Grill s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Mc Kee's Pub and Grill certainly has all your pub favorites to make an evening comfortable for the whole gang!
Rosati's Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Rosati's Pizza serves up the finest gluten-free and healthy eats in the area.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Rosati's Pizza provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Rosati's Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
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.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the pizzeria.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Rosati's Pizza.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Rosati's Pizza for lunch or dinner.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Rosati's Pizza is at the top of the list.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Rosati's Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Rosati's Pizza has to offer.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Rosati's Pizza?
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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