For that fresh, out-of-the-oven feel, Mamma Lucia of Olney serves mouthwatering pizza with a down-home feel.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Mamma Lucia of Olney.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this pizzeria has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Mamma Lucia of Olney is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Getting online is easy with Mamma Lucia of Olney's free and convenient wifi.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Mamma Lucia of Olney with their charming outdoor seating.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Mamma Lucia of Olney is come-as-you-are.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Mamma Lucia of Olney cater for you.
At Mamma Lucia of Olney, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Mamma Lucia of Olney offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Mamma Lucia of Olney running under $30 per person.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Mamma Lucia of Olney.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Mamma Lucia of Olney and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
The Greene Turtle serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Olney's Olney district.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at The Greene Turtle.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at The Greene Turtle.
The Greene Turtle draws a good-sized crowd on weeknights as workers head over after leaving the office.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is The Greene Turtle's style.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from The Greene Turtle to create the perfect night.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to The Greene Turtle, a local restaurant.
The Greene Turtle offers safe bike parking outside.
No matter what you choose off the menu at The Greene Turtle, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at The Greene Turtle, and they're waiting to serve you!
See what great American fare is cooking up next at The Greene Turtle.
Moby Dick House of Kabob exemplifies the American Dream—and in fact, its menu was first built around traditional American foods. This was back in the late 1980s, when Moby's Luncheonette first opened in Bethesda, Maryland. After struggling through the early years, Iranian-born founder Mike Daryoush began to rethink his entire approach.
In 1989, Mike had an idea: he'd have a clay oven built and installed in the restaurant so that he could serve the same freshly baked pita breads he ate while growing up in Iran. The breads were such a big hit that the next question became, "why stop there?" Soon, Mike traded burgers and fries for spices, rices, and other staple ingredients of Persian cooking.
Today, at more than 15 locations around Virginia and Maryland, Moby Dick House of Kabob continues to acquaint guests with Persian delicacies and redirect the obsessed captains of wayward whaling ships. The menu features meaty kabobs, sandwiches, and kubideh—a popular Persian mixture of ground meat and onions. There are also several vegetarian-friendly options, including falafel made with chick peas, fava beans, and other healthy ingredients.
Pick up a pepperoni pie or try a less traditional topping at Ricciuti's in Olney's Olney neighborhood.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Ricciuti's.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this pizzeria has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Ricciuti's is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Ricciuti's.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Ricciuti's with their charming outdoor seating.
Your pet pup can accompany you to Ricciuti's, which has a dog-friendly policy.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Ricciuti's' laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
The pizzeria has catering services as well.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Ricciuti's and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Olney Ale House.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Olney Ale House offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Olney Ale House's gorgeous patio.
Olney Ale House tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Endless parking options are readily available close to Olney Ale House.
Travel by bike to Olney Ale House and store your bike at a nearby rack.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Olney Ale House.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Olney Ale House's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Olney Ale House for your next meal.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Dempsey's of Ashton.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Dempsey's of Ashton for a group meal.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
For the tastes of Dempsey's of Ashton from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Dempsey's of Ashton.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Dempsey's of Ashton.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Dempsey's of Ashton's tasty restaurant.
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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