For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Nonni's Corner Trattoria is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Large groups will appreciate Nonni's Corner Trattoria for its ability to seat them quickly.
The dress code is strictly casual at Nonni's Corner Trattoria, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Nonni's Corner Trattoria to your next party or event.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Nonni's Corner Trattoria.
Nonni's Corner Trattoria offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Nonni's Corner Trattoria's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Nonni's Corner Trattoria is well worth every penny!
Ready to try all the best flavors of Italy? Check out the authentic dishes at Nonni's Corner Trattoria.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Gallo's Italian Villa, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Gallo's Italian Villa.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Gallo's Italian Villa.
Get online for free courtesy of Gallo's Italian Villa's wifi.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Call Gallo's Italian Villa for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
Gallo's Italian Villa is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Gallo's Italian Villa s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
See for yourself why Gallo's Italian Villa's Italian food is so highly considered.
For authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, look no further than the highly-rated Gallo's Italian Villa.
Craving finger food? Head to Starwood Rib and Steakhouse and chow down on classic pub fare.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Starwood Rib and Steakhouse with their charming outdoor seating.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Starwood Rib and Steakhouse, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Starwood Rib and Steakhouse goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Starwood Rib and Steakhouse as well.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Don't spend time searching for parking — visitors are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
At Starwood Rib and Steakhouse, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
So when you want some amazing food to complement your drinks, Starwood Rib and Steakhouse will be there for you.
For a quick slice of mouthwatering pizza, visit Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
Eat healthy and feel better with Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant's patio.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Parking has never been easier at Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Vinny's Pizza and Restaurant has you covered.
Visit Primanti Brothers for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Grove City's Springfield.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Primanti Brothers offers an affordable happy hour.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Primanti Brothers with their charming outdoor seating.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Primanti Brothers' free wifi hotspot.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Ample parking is located near Primanti Brothers.
Primanti Brothers makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Take a break from buyer's remorse at Primanti Brothers, where each and every bite won't cost you much (but will taste like a million bucks).
Don't put it off any longer, and give Primanti Brothers a try.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Primanti Brothers for your next meal.
Come taste what Four Brothers Urban Bistro is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Access the Internet free of charge via Four Brothers Urban Bistro's complimentary wifi.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Four Brothers Urban Bistro can seat both large and small groups.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Four Brothers Urban Bistro — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Bring the Four Brothers Urban Bistro's great food to your place.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Four Brothers Urban Bistro offers safe bike parking outside.
A visit to Four Brothers Urban Bistro will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Four Brothers Urban Bistro accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Four Brothers Urban Bistro and munch on some American eats.
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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