Score your next slice at Fireworks Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Fireworks Pizza, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Fireworks Pizza for a group meal.
Wifi is on the house at Fireworks Pizza, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Fireworks Pizza's patio.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Fireworks Pizza — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the pizzeria.
Casual dining at its best, Fireworks Pizza customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Fireworks Pizza to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the pizzeria's adjoining lot.
Meals at Fireworks Pizza are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fireworks Pizza is a great dining option for any time of day.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Fireworks Pizza.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Fireworks Pizza's pizza.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Fireworks Pizza is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Fireworks Pizza and pick up a pizza pie.
Visit The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Leesburg's Leesburg.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
Come order a flavorful feast at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, and sit outside if it's nice!
The large dining space at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Music lovers will appreciate The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille's freshly mixed tunes spun by live DJs.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille is come-as-you-are.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille offers catering.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
At The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
When you come to The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Come to Magnolias at the mill to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Magnolias at the mill has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
For your next big bash, consider hosting at Magnolias at the mill, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Magnolias at the mill with their complimentary wifi.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Magnolias at the mill's patio.
Feel free to bring your lil' tail-wagger with you — this restaurant is a pet-friendly place.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Magnolias at the mill patrons come in casual attire.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Magnolias at the mill for catering.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Magnolias at the mill.
Magnolias at the mill offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Magnolias at the mill s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Magnolias at the mill.
For tasty Mexican fare, Leesburg's Balls Bluff Tavern is hard to top.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Balls Bluff Tavern is creating innovative healthy meals.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to Balls Bluff Tavern's happy hour.
At Balls Bluff Tavern, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
If you're ready for a show, Balls Bluff Tavern often books live musical groups or a DJ.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Balls Bluff Tavern draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at Balls Bluff Tavern.
Balls Bluff Tavern is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Balls Bluff Tavern can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
At Balls Bluff Tavern, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Your turn to pay the bill? Balls Bluff Tavern's low prices make it easy to enjoy great food without relying on credit cards.
All major credit cards are accepted.
So break out of your normal dining routine and head over to Balls Bluff Tavern for some flavorful Mexican fare.
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Aiyara Thai Restaurant.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Impress your friends and invite them to a party to remember at Aiyara Thai Restaurant.
For comfortable outdoor service, Aiyara Thai Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Aiyara Thai Restaurant for catering.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to Aiyara Thai Restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Aiyara Thai Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Aiyara Thai Restaurant s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Aiyara Thai Restaurant time and time again.
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Aiyara Thai Restaurant.
It's easy to enjoy delicious Thai in a low-key setting when you dine at Aiyara Thai Restaurant, so treat yourself today.
If you're going to eat out, Thai food at Aiyara Thai Restaurant is the easy and fun choice.
Treat yourself to a new lunch or dinner option today and enjoy a tasty Thai dish from Aiyara Thai Restaurant.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Market Table Bistro for some good home American cooking.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Market Table Bistro can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
The patio tables outside of Market Table Bistro are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Market Table Bistro is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Market Table Bistro to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Drivers will be happy to know that Market Table Bistro is located near many street and lot parking options.
Market Table Bistro makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
At Market Table Bistro, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Market Table Bistro to have a bite of deliciousness.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Market Table Bistro and load up on some classic American dishes.
So head on over to the highly-rated Market Table Bistro for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
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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