Score your next slice at Pizza Factory — this Phelan joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Pizza Factory's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Wifi is on the house at Pizza Factory, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
No time to sit down? No worries! This pizzeria offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
At Pizza Factory, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
Pizza Factory s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Pizza Factory's pizza say it is the absolute best.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Pizza Factory, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Pizza Factory has to offer.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Pizza Factory.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at The Yodeler in Wrightwood.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
For comfortable outdoor service, The Yodeler sets up a seasonal patio.
The Yodeler caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
The Yodeler visitors enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
The Yodeler offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near The Yodeler.
At The Yodeler, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at The Yodeler.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For fast food in Phelan's Phelan neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at McDonald's. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
McDonald's is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at McDonald's.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at McDonald's.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of McDonald's.
Come to McDonald's for a satisfying meal that won't break the bank.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
So when you have a hankering for a burger, swing by McDonald's and pick up a great burger.
McDonald's has exactly what you need to make sure your food is made and delivered to you quickly.
Arturo's Country Kitchen serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Phelan's Phelan district.
Eat healthy and feel better with Arturo's Country Kitchen's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Arturo's Country Kitchen offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Our goals are simple. Keep you fed and happy. With outstanding food and drinks priced under $15, we succeed on both counts.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Arturo's Country Kitchen and treat yourself to an American classic.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Arturo's Country Kitchen.
A well-known Mexican restaurant in Phelan, Mexico Lindo and Seafood is the ideal spot for wonderful seafood. It's a popular spot for customers interested in awesome food.
There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably.
For those keeping an eye on their diet, the robust menu does feature items that are gluten-free, low-fat, and vegetarian. Plus, it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. If you need food provided for a local event, take advantage of its catering options. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a pretty broad selection at its bar.
A highly-regarded spot for brunch, lunch, and dinner, a visit to Mexico Lindo and Seafood is definitely worthwhile. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Prefer to pedal your way there? Bike parking is also provided.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Mama Maria Restaurant, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Mama Maria Restaurant will leave you happy and full.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Mama Maria Restaurant.
Dining at Mama Maria Restaurant will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Don't forget to bring cash — Mama Maria Restaurant does not accept credit cards.
So head to Mama Maria Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
So break out of your normal dining routine and head over to Mama Maria Restaurant for some flavorful Mexican fare.
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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