For a quick bean and cheese bite, order a burrito from La Paz.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Wifi is on the house at La Paz, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At La Paz, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Whether you have a large or small group, La Paz can accommodate both.
La Paz is a dog-friendly establishment, so bring your pup along.
Casual dining at its best, La Paz customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Can't get enough of La Paz's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to La Paz.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at La Paz.
La Paz is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
La Paz serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to La Paz and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
So what are you waiting for? Dine at La Paz and enjoy the tasty flavors of Mexican fare.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Davenport's Pizza Palace's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Enjoy a night out at Davenport's Pizza Palace, a popular BYOB restaurant.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this pizzeria, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Keep it casual at Davenport's Pizza Palace — the pizzeria is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this pizzeria.
Driving to Davenport's Pizza Palace? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
Davenport's Pizza Palace makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Everyone's talking about Davenport's Pizza Palace. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Davenport's Pizza Palace's pizza.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Davenport's Pizza Palace.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Davenport's Pizza Palace to make that amazing pie a reality.
Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at Billy's Bar and Grill.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
From cheap drinks to good eats, Billy's Bar and Grill's happy hour is a steal.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Billy's Bar and Grill's gorgeous patio.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Call Billy's Bar and Grill for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Billy's Bar and Grill.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Billy's Bar and Grill will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Billy's Bar and Grill.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Billy's Bar and Grill — swing by for your favorite meal.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Billy's Bar and Grill and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
Enjoy a freshly tossed pizza loaded with toppings at Mafiaoza in Mountain Brk.
Easy-to-please items run throughout the menu — pizza and pasta are big here — so everyone can find a familiar favorite.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Cheers to the weekend! Mafiaoza is serving up the fun!
For comfortable outdoor service, Mafiaoza sets up a seasonal patio.
Musical groups perform live at Mafiaoza, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the pizzeria.
Those in a rush are better off dining here during the week, as the pizzeria draws a crowd during the weekend.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Mafiaoza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Take the stress out of searching for that perfect parking spot — Mafiaoza's Dexter Ave business offers easy valet parking.
The average check at Mafiaoza will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the pizzeria is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Mafiaoza and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Whether you prefer tea or coffee, Another Broken Egg cafe has a wide selection of beverages.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Another Broken Egg.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Skip long waits and head to Another Broken Egg with your large group for easy seating.
The patio tables outside of Another Broken Egg are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Wifi is on the house at Another Broken Egg, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Another Broken Egg is all about comfort.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Another Broken Egg for their catering services.
Another Broken Egg's diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away.
Another Broken Egg is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Deep pockets not required! Another Broken Egg takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
So make your way over to Another Broken Egg and enjoy a tasty American meal in a cozy cafe setting.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub, a local favorite.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Enjoy discounted food and drinks at Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub's happy hour.
Skip long waits and head to Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub with your large group for easy seating.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub's wifi.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Isn't it time to go to a pub that doesn't take their food lightly? Blackwell's Neighborhood Pub makes tasty bites that maximize the meaning of indulgence.
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:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
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.
Check out more coconut-oil coverage:
Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible
The Five Best Uses for Coconut Oil You’ve Never Heard Of