Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
At Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Through their catering service, Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
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.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza.
Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza offers safe bike parking outside.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza is a great dining option for any time of day.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza this weekend.
Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Coyote Flaco Restaurant hits a home run with each and every order.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
At Coyote Flaco Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
The large dining space at Coyote Flaco Restaurant provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Wear what you like when you dine at Coyote Flaco Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Coyote Flaco Restaurant.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Coyote Flaco Restaurant and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, Coyote Flaco Restaurant has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
Spice up your week with a trip to Water Street Grill in Williamstown, and enjoy grub at the top of its game.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Water Street Grill provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Water Street Grill, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Folks tend to dress down at Water Street Grill, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Water Street Grill as well.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Water Street Grill.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Water Street Grill.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Water Street Grill for a great bite.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Water Street Grill serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Those with a healthy sweet tooth will love Water Street Grill's much praised dessert menu.
For your next sandwich, check out Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich, a delicious deli with something for everyone.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Casual dining at its best, Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
You can also serve food from Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich.
Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich is cash-only so be sure to swing by an ATM on your way.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich.
Pappa Charlie's Deli Sandwich boasts one of the best delis around, and they're awaiting your visit today!
For tasty American fare, head to Bennington Station Restaurant for a sandwich and side.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Bennington Station Restaurant is a great summer destination.
Skip long waits and head to Bennington Station Restaurant with your large group for easy seating.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Bennington Station Restaurant, where dress code calls for business casual.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Bennington Station Restaurant's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Bennington Station Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Bennington Station Restaurant to have a bite of deliciousness.
When you come to Bennington Station Restaurant, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
For true American comfort food, head to Mt Anthony Country Club for a sandwich or side of fries.
Vegan options are also available for those who avoid meat and dairy products.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Mt Anthony Country Club.
Eat outdoors Mt Anthony Country Club (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Mt Anthony Country Club — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Throwing a big party? Count on Mt Anthony Country Club to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
With a parking lot adjacent to Mt Anthony Country Club, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Mt Anthony Country Club offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Mt Anthony Country Club's moderately priced fare.
Mt Anthony Country Club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Mt Anthony Country Club.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Mt Anthony Country Club.
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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