Tucked in Mount Prospect's Mount Prospect neighborhood, Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria is home to the familiar hot slice and relaxed pizza house atmosphere.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
At Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
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Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this pizzeria for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Whether you're heading to Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
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The menu at Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Moretti's Ristorant and Pizzeria accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
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Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Large groups will appreciate Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria for its ability to seat them quickly.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Throwing a big party? Count on Fellini Restaurant and Pizzeria to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
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Order a cheeseburger or just stick with a side of fries at go-to burger house Bar Louie.
Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this bar — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Bar Louie caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Bar Louie's patio.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Bar Louie's busiest days.
No need to dress up for a trip to Bar Louie — the casual bar encourages laid-back attire.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this bar offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Can't get enough of Bar Louie's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
For easy dining, Bar Louie provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Bar Louie may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Bar Louie accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The bar is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Bar Louie for delicious quality you just can't beat.
So let go of your long day and enjoy a relaxing meal, such as a burger, at Bar Louie.
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Score your next slice at Mr Beef and Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the pizzeria's menu.
Mr Beef and Pizza features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Mr Beef and Pizza's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Mr Beef and Pizza's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
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Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
Mr Beef and Pizza provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
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Everything about Eggsperience Pancakes & Cafe is bright, warm, and sunny. Natural light floods the restaurant's eight locations, which sprinkle across Chicago and its suburbs like powdered sugar over a slice of french toast. Orange and yellow walls surround every dining room, and some locations have fireplaces, which make ideal places to sip Ghirardelli hot chocolate or espresso beverages. Even the food is colorful. Fresh fruits—either in solid or juice form—complement dishes such as the Mediterranean omelette, baked in the French style and filled with a vibrant medley of spinach, tomatoes, olives, and imported feta cheese.
Those omelettes, like what most of what comes from Eggsperience's kitchen, start with grade-AA, farm-fresh eggs. The chefs work magic with those eggs, whipping them into frittatas and poaching them for five different "Eggsquisite Benedicts." They also use them to create their signature pancake batter, but in this case, eggs are only the beginning. Strawberries, blueberries, and other fruits mix into the pancakes.
The creativity shown with those pancakes and egg dishes extends to dozens of other breakfast items, and diners could spend countless mornings at Eggsperience without boring their taste buds. The chefs don't stop at breakfast, either. They simply transition to lunch, when they grill Cajun avocado burgers and pair gourmet chicken-salad sandwiches with a soup of the day.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Mount Prospect's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Buffalo Wild Wings' happy hour.
For no extra charge, utilize Buffalo Wild Wings' free wifi.
Buffalo Wild Wings is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Buffalo Wild Wings with their charming outdoor seating.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Buffalo Wild Wings will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Buffalo Wild Wings is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Buffalo Wild Wings offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Don't be afraid to get messy with the wings at Buffalo Wild Wings.
After exiting the gates at Union Park this weekend, the first thing on your mind will likely be finding a place to sit down. These five destinations offer a place to rest your feet, have a drink, eat deep-fried bacon, and maybe even break into a bank vault—if that’s your thing. If not, there’s always dancing.
If you wore heels all day and are ready for whiskey and snails while reclining on a sofa:
Maude’s Liquor Bar | 840 W. Randolph St.
After the last set, drag your weary hooves up to the Green Line platform and head two stops east to Restaurant Row, where you’ll find Maude’s long, leather couches perfect for slouching. The escargot is made in the traditional French style—in one of those absurdly French dishes created exclusively for cradling escargot, piping hot out of the oven and swimming in butter, herbs, and garlic—with plenty of crusty bread. To drink, Maude’s has five kinds of smashes, but you should order the whiskey smash, because it’s my favorite. (If you’re feeling exotic, try the Smokey Violet.)
If your inner biker bro is craving a craft brew:
Twisted Spoke | 501 N. Ogden Ave.
Just a few blocks away up Ogden, Twisted Spoke’s rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy one of many brews from an enormous beer list—if you’re not sick of being outdoors. If you are, kick back at the long, curving bar with one of its epic bloody marys. Available in a handful of boozy variations (from classic vodka to spicy tequila), each bloody is garnished with a pile of pickled veggies, cheese, and cured meat, and served with a beer back of Genesee Cream Ale. Twisted Spoke also has deep-fried tempura-style bacon—need I say more?
If you’ve always dreamed of drinking tequila in a bank vault:
The Bedford | 1612 W. Division St.
Tucked away beneath the bustling six-way intersection of Milwaukee, Division, and Ashland, the Bedford is a cool, marble-and-chandeliers destination where the lighting is low enough that no one will notice how dusty your shoes are. The rehabbed bank basement invites imbibers to lounge inside the old bank vault—complete with gleaming safe-deposit boxes—on plush chairs and couches or at one of the many tables and booths in the main space. Groups can order a whole bowl of the refreshing (and potentially dangerous) chamomile tequila punch, a combination of chamomile-infused blanco tequila, grapefruit liqueur, lime, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit soda; it’s also available by the glass and half-bowl.
If you fudged your manicure when someone crowd-surfed over you:
Beauty Bar | 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Cashing in on the signature $10 martini-and-mani combo, spiff up your nails at one of the manicure stations while sipping on something called the Relaxer, which is actually just a dirty martini but will likely do the job. With a DJ in the booth every night, you can shake a leg under the disco ball once your nails have dried. (Namely, you can bump 'n' grind to the sounds of R. Kelly on Saturday evening during the city’s longest-running tribute night to the local R&B legend.) Or, you could always take a seat in one of the many '50s-style dryer chairs, pull the bowl down over your head, and not talk to anyone.
If you no longer have the energy to speak but do have the energy to chew:
Au Cheval | 800 W. Randolph St.
The burger topped with cheese and fried egg—which Bon Appétit argues is the best in the nation—is the perfect excuse to sit in silence. This two-patty wonder is stuffed between a soft, chewy bun and will keep you and yours occupied long enough to at least try to conjure up a knock-knock joke or something. Accompanied by a Dr. Devon’s Pickleback (one shot of irish whiskey and another of the housemade pickle brine), the combo will likely leave everyone ready for bed, which is perfect because you’re going to need to rest up to do it all over again tomorrow.
Photo credits: 1. Kari Skaflen – Maude's Liquor Bar 2. Michelle Klosinski – Twisted Spoke 3. Brandon Jones – The Bedford 4. Jessica Schultz – Beauty Bar 5. Kari Skaflen – Au Cheval
How do you find Chicago's most Chicago restaurant? You begin by taking the world's best decision-making device: the bracket. Then you combine it with Chicago's best device to represent its messy, opinionated landscape: the ward map. Some have called this pursuit "patently absurd." We humbly disagree. By taking our logic above (bracket + ward map) and extrapolating it into a larger, totally airtight algorithm, our computers have found a winner for the title of Chicago's most Chicago restaurant. See the finalists and read more about the search here. Below is one of the finalists.
Gabrielle Darvassy was tired. Tired of the grind her 20 years in a corporate job subjected her to. Tired of the homogenous food options in her adopted neighborhood. Tired of having to make the trek to the other side of the Loop to procure any kind of quality goods and services.
Looking back, the layoff from her 9-to-5 seems to be a blessing in disguise. “People have to like what they’re doing, and they have to feel fulfilled,” Gabrielle is fond of saying. She began selling nutrient-packed smoothies at the 61st Street Farmers Market, and soon, together with her husband, she opened up B’Gabs Goodies (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.), a raw vegan eatery, on a quiet stretch on the border of Hyde Park and Woodlawn. Not the first place someone would think to serve food that’s been made with absolutely no animal products (not even butter!) nor heated to above 104 degrees.
Doing this helped put Gabrielle’s beliefs about food to the test. When she talks about food, she uses the word love, a lot. Food, she says, gives the body energy, but the people who make it also imbue it with energy.
“If the people who make it and bring it to you aren’t in love with it, it’s not going to be good for you.”
To that end, she procures all her produce from one vendor, who she knows loves what they do. “So everything we make from beginning to end is lovely. I’m not about to put in that type of work [without love]. I did that for 20 years.”
A commitment to the neighborhood
Gabrielle and her husband live in Hyde Park, where he grew up. Their home is close to the border of Woodlawn, which is known as one of the city’s “food deserts,” meaning it’s a trek to a good grocery store or any other source of unprocessed whole foods. And though Hyde Park, as the home of the prestigious University of Chicago (and our current president), holds considerably more options than Woodlawn, they’re not necessarily healthful ones. At least, not by her standards, which—besides vegan fare—include foods made without soy or gluten.
Noting how reluctant business owners were to invest in her neighborhood, Gabrielle decided to keep her endeavor close to home. Though she knew she would be more profitable north of the Loop, it was important to her to show faith in her community, knowing that, just as she has to make the drive up north for certain things, Northsiders would make the drive south, if what she was doing was viable.
“If you want your community to be better, you have to do the work in your community,” she says.
A community that keeps coming back
On our visit, we almost drove right past B’Gabs Goodies’ door. It shares the block with what looks like a warehouse on one side of the street and an empty industrial lot on the other. The address on its Facebook page adds the parenthetical “(green door)” after the address, the tiniest clue to locating it.
“People find us by word of mouth,” Gabrielle tells me, once I’ve found my way in. “They feel like it’s a vegan speakeasy.”
In fact, the only publicity they’ve ever done since they opened in 2011 has been running a Groupon and doing stories with any interested publications.
And yet, they have a loyal following, which Gabrielle calls “small but mighty” and is growing exponentially. Two U of C students chatted at a table next to us, recognizing a former professor who walked through the doors. Four women came in and out for a to-go order. A father and son shared a meal as we left. “I love this place!” the boy proclaimed—to everyone. And all the while, the staff hustled to get a catering order prepped for a community photography show next door.
Perhaps one of the best examples of the love they’ve engendered in the community is the gleaming—and pricey—Norwalk juicer a customer gifted to them. “It’s magic,” Gabrielle says.
B’Gabs Goodies’ prep “kitchen” is an approximately 3-foot-long stainless-steel counter in a nook behind the cash register. They prepare food without heat, which is believed to break down the nutrients and good energy in food. It’s basically cooking without cooking.
I must admit, learning this gave me some trepidation. My previous experience with raw vegan food was similar to that of any lifetime carnivore: my meal was so bland I barely remember it. The menu at B’Gabs left me stumped: tacos made with seeded nacho “meat,” pad thai salad with zucchini and carrot “noodles,” jicama “fries.” As someone who’s averse to many processed foods, I’m naturally suspicious of any food whose name is in quotation marks.
So I approached this from a culinary standpoint, sampling the cuisine the way I would any that I hadn’t much experience with.
I opted for the classic burger.
Gabrielle shuns all soy products, as well as fake meats such as seitan, because she, and many of her customers, are suspicious of GMOs. While I was expecting a one-note dish, this burger turned out to be a medley of flavors. The crisp onion “bread” was balanced by a savory seed patty and brightly flavored housemade ketchup. A pile of kale filled the rest of the plate, its bitterness ameliorated by the sweet tang of the accompanying dressing. To wash it all down, I chose the Fiji Hammer Time smoothie: peaches, strawberries, and bananas, boosted with maca root and yohimbe bark.
I’d walked into B’Gabs feeling a little run down, tired or perhaps coming down with a cold. I left, literally, with a skip in my step, so energized that I almost forgot to pay for my meal. A slight buzz rang through my body—was it the seeds? The yohimbe? The Norwalk juicer’s magic?
No matter; it was the richest vegan meal I have ever tasted.
Teaching someone to fish
Gabrielle’s mission is not only to provide healthy food for people in her community, but also to create lasting changes in the way they eat. “The only way to do that—regardless of economics—is to teach them how,” she says. To that end, she and her staff teach “uncooking” classes and workshops, helping people incorporate raw foods in their diets.
They also dedicate half the space to a herb and spice shop, with more than 300 varieties of plants, all lovingly sourced. They all have healing properties, if that’s your thing, which Gabrielle believes doubles down on the nourishment her food provides. Most of the herbs and spices are packaged, if not harvested, by staff, and all were selected because, not only do they make food taste better, but they’re also known to have some kind of effect on health. The yohimbe bark in my smoothie is believed to ease depression—and improve the libido (rawr)!
“A lot of people come to me when they’re sick and have exhausted all options,” Gabrielle says.
Or, as the restaurant’s motto states: “It’s not the food in your life, it’s the life in your food.”
Photos by Timothy Burkhart, Groupon