Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Estia Restaurant and Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Whether you have a large or small group, Estia Restaurant and Pizza can accommodate both.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Don't let that new dress go to waste! Dress it all the way up at Estia Restaurant and Pizza, where fine formal wear is the norm.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this pizzeria.
You can also have Estia Restaurant and Pizza cater your next event.
Park in the open lot next to Estia Restaurant and Pizza and score easy and free parking.
Estia Restaurant and Pizza is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Estia Restaurant and Pizza is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Estia Restaurant and Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Estia Restaurant and Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Estia Restaurant and Pizza where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Estia Restaurant and Pizza.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Estia Restaurant and Pizza.
Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar offers crave-able burger creations, such as a barbecue burger or a classic cheeseburger.
Vegan and health nuts will bow down to Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar.
At this burger joint, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
At Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Expect your bill at Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar to come in at around $30 per person.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Not all burgers are made the same. For quality and delicious flavor, check out the amazing grub at Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar.
So pay Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar a visit today and fill up on a juicy and flavorful burger.
Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar serves up high quality and top-notch burger options. Stop by today and fill up on one of the signature burgers.
Pop over to Station House Restaurant for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
The pizzeria can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Station House Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Call Station House Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Station House Restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Station House Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
The breakfast menu at the pizzeria draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Station House Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Station House Restaurant. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Station House Restaurant.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Station House Restaurant?
Come to Rhody Joe's for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
The happy hour at Rhody Joe's offers deals you won't want to miss.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Rhody Joe's for a group meal.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Comfort is prioritized at Rhody Joe's, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Rhody Joe's as well.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Rhody Joe's.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Rhody Joe's.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Rhody Joe's s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Rhody Joe's and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
Rhody Joe's has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Visit Coast Guard House and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Coast Guard House, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Toast your evening out at Coast Guard House with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Coast Guard House has kid-friendly food and seating.
Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Coast Guard House today!
Coast Guard House offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Noise levels at the restaurant can be ear-piercing, so save the t te- -t tes for another night.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Coast Guard House to create the perfect night.
If time is of the essence, Coast Guard House's take-out option may be a better fit.
For those driving to the restaurant, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped.
Expect your bill at Coast Guard House to come in at around $30 per person.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Coast Guard House since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at Sonoma Pub, a local pub.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
At Sonoma Pub, diners can score happy hour deals.
Sonoma Pub is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Tap your foot to Sonoma Pub's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Sonoma Pub's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
That's right! Sonoma Pub will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Sonoma Pub.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
At Sonoma Pub, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
It's about time you ate the best pub food around with a trip to Sonoma Pub.
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:
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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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