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Score your next slice at Mona Lisa Ristorante — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Mona Lisa Ristorante is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Mona Lisa Ristorante's low-key style is the perfect match.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Mona Lisa Ristorante cater for you.
For quick and easy parking near Mona Lisa Ristorante, park on the street.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Mona Lisa Ristorante.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Mona Lisa Ristorante s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Head on over to Mona Lisa Ristorante first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Mona Lisa Ristorante is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Mona Lisa Ristorante come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Mona Lisa Ristorante for a tasty pizza pie.
Mona Lisa Ristorante is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
Do you hear your stomach growling? Answer the call with a tasty Italian meal from Mona Lisa Ristorante.
Rozzi is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Seating is readily available at Rozzi for those with large parties.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Rozzi's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Tables at Rozzi are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Rozzi offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Rozzi is just steps away from a parking lot.
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.
A mid-priced establishment, Rozzi offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Short on cash? No problem. Rozzi happily accepts all major credit cards.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of some great American dishes, you definitely won't need to look any further than Rozzi.
At Rozzi you can find great American food at any time of the day.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Rozzi.
Visit Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant's free wifi.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant, which embraces a casual vibe.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant.
At Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
At Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Black Rock Tavern and Restaurant.
Hometown Pizza III does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Health nuts will love Hometown Pizza III for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Hometown Pizza III prides itself in its delicious catering.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Hometown Pizza III.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Hometown Pizza III s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
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 Hometown Pizza III.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Hometown Pizza III and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Chute Gates Steakhouse grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Chute Gates Steakhouse. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Chute Gates Steakhouse.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
Chute Gates Steakhouse provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Dining at Chute Gates Steakhouse will set you back about $30 per person on average.
So whether you enjoy steak or just come for the sides, people can't get enough of Chute Gates Steakhouse.
Discover the fine art of preparing and cooking the perfect steak when you sit down to a meal at Chute Gates Steakhouse.
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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