Find old friends or make new ones at Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub — this welcoming Irish bar is a solid hangout.
Guess what? Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Head to Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub for a happy hour that aims to please.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Free wifi is available as well.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub's al fresco patio seating.
Live musical acts often perform, and diners take advantage of the spacious dance floor.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub's style.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub serves up all three meals.
Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub's classic Irish feel will make you feel right at home.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to The Office Bar and Grille for American-style cuisine.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Happy hour at The Office Bar and Grille is filled with deals and steals.
The Office Bar and Grille offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
The Office Bar and Grille has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
At The Office Bar and Grille, you might get dinner and a show as live music is often featured as well as a DJ.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at The Office Bar and Grille as well.
For those who enjoy entertainment while dining, The Office Bar and Grille hosts live DJs.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Dress is typically casual at The Office Bar and Grille, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
The Office Bar and Grille is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Prices at The Office Bar and Grille typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
The 21st-century is here at The Office Bar and Grille. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to The Office Bar and Grille for tasty American fare.
So round up your friends and head over to The Office Bar and Grille for a casual American meal.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated The Office Bar and Grille.
Score your next slice at Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria — this Schuylkill joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria to grab a spot on the patio.
Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
You can also have Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria cater your next event.
This pizzeria offers carryout for your convenience.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
Looking for a tasty meal fit for any budget? Look no further than Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Valley Forge Ristorante and Pizzeria's great restaurant.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Iron Hill Brewery, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Eating healthy is easy at Iron Hill Brewery, a local restaurant with low-fat and healthy fare.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Nothing can beat sharing a meal with friends and family. Come to Iron Hill Brewery for great food for any size party.
Wifi is on the house at Iron Hill Brewery, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Iron Hill Brewery.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Keep it casual at Iron Hill Brewery, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Call Iron Hill Brewery for catering if you have a big event coming up.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Iron Hill Brewery.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Iron Hill Brewery will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Iron Hill Brewery provides service throughout the day.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Iron Hill Brewery a try.
When you come to Iron Hill Brewery, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Iron Hill Brewery and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Flying Pig Saloon, home of American comfort food.
At Flying Pig Saloon, you can bring your own beverages and enjoy tasty eats.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Flying Pig Saloon and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Flying Pig Saloon.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Weekends are busy at the restaurant, so be prepared for longer wait times.
Flying Pig Saloon is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Flying Pig Saloon and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Flying Pig Saloon has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Flying Pig Saloon's tasty restaurant.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Flying Pig Saloon.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Flying Pig Saloon.
Come to Twenty 9 Restaurant for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Twenty 9 Restaurant features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
Twenty 9 Restaurant is great for big groups, and guests favor its private room for important events.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Twenty 9 Restaurant is a great summer destination.
Live tunes and a dance floor will keep you coming back for more.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Keep it casual at Twenty 9 Restaurant, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Bring the Twenty 9 Restaurant's great food to your place.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Twenty 9 Restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Twenty 9 Restaurant s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
When American food comes to mind, Twenty 9 Restaurant should be your first choice.
Make your way over to Twenty 9 Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
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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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