Pop over to Side Lines Sports Eatery for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Side Lines Sports Eatery.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Side Lines Sports Eatery.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Side Lines Sports Eatery, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Side Lines Sports Eatery is ultra casual.
Catering services are also available.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Don't spend time searching for parking — patrons are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Side Lines Sports Eatery.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Side Lines Sports Eatery.
At Side Lines Sports Eatery, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Side Lines Sports Eatery. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Side Lines Sports Eatery for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Side Lines Sports Eatery (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at Side Lines Sports Eatery's restaurant.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Side Lines Sports Eatery to help you out.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Mount Dora's Pisces Rising — this Mount Dora seafood spot has quite the selection.
At Pisces Rising, you can score healthy food such as gluten-free, low-fat and vegan eats.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
The large dining space at Pisces Rising provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Pisces Rising.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
This restaurant's most sought after items include La Te Da Seafood, Oysters Rock Star, Mussels Gandia, 3 From the Sea, and Islander Calamari.
Pisces Rising goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Pisces Rising's tasty dishes at your next party.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Pisces Rising.
Pisces Rising is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Pisces Rising also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
So the next time you want to upgrade your dinner experience, catch some seafood at Pisces Rising's amazing restaurant.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at PizzAmore — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Cheesy pizza is not the only menu item that will make your mouth water — the pizzeria is known for its pasta, too.
The cooks at PizzAmore know how to get creative with gluten-free ingredients.
Toast your evening out at this pizzeria with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Dine out in the open during PizzAmore's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at PizzAmore.
PizzAmore's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Call PizzAmore for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at PizzAmore.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at PizzAmore.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at PizzAmore come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Find out how many slices you can eat! PizzAmore's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay PizzAmore a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by PizzAmore and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Mount Dora U Wash's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Hop online in no time using Mount Dora U Wash's free wifi.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Mount Dora U Wash — it's strictly casual.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Score a close parking spot at Mount Dora U Wash.
Mount Dora U Wash offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Mount Dora U Wash, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Mount Dora U Wash 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. Mount Dora U Wash's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Mount Dora U Wash.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Mount Dora U Wash.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Jeremiah's.
Jeremiah's offers a new take on healthy dining.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Jeremiah's for a group meal.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Jeremiah's' outdoor patio.
Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at this restaurant at the edge of ear-splitting.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Jeremiah's, where dress code calls for business casual.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Jeremiah's cater for you.
At Jeremiah's, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Jeremiah's, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at Jeremiah's.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to Jeremiah's.
For tasty American fare, head to Goblin Market for a sandwich and side.
Those with dietary restrictions
such as vegan, low-fat and gluten-free
will enjoy the menu at Goblin Market.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Goblin Market's gorgeous patio.
Skip long waits and head to Goblin Market with your large group for easy seating.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Goblin Market patrons come in casual attire.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Goblin Market prides itself in its delicious catering.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
Goblin Market is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Menu items at Goblin Market tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Convenience is essential at Goblin Market, and food is served from morning until night.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Goblin Market.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Goblin Market.
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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