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Fans of Il Ritrovo make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Il Ritrovo.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Your large group can all sit together at Il Ritrovo.
No need to dress to the nines here — Il Ritrovo's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
That's right! Il Ritrovo will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Il Ritrovo is close to both.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Il Ritrovo.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
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 Il Ritrovo.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Il Ritrovo's pizza.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Il Ritrovo.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Il Ritrovo.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Gosse's At The Northwestern House, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Gosse's At The Northwestern House.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Gosse's At The Northwestern House, which embraces a casual vibe.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Gosse's At The Northwestern House's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Gosse's At The Northwestern House is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Meals at Gosse's At The Northwestern House usually set you back about $30 per diner.
At Gosse's At The Northwestern House, you will want to bring cash for your meal since it's a cash-only restaurant.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Gosse's At The Northwestern House since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Gosse's At The Northwestern House and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Gosse's At The Northwestern House.
Gosse's At The Northwestern House has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza in Plymouth does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Quit fat and gluten at Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza is all about comfort.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza also offers catering.
Street and lot parking is simple near Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
So if you're craving a delicious, hot slice of pizza, be sure to stop by Antoinette's Sandwich and Pizza.
For good times and great food, head on over to Sheboygan's The Duke of Devon.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at The Duke of Devon, a local favorite.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Don't miss out on the great happy hour deals at The Duke of Devon.
At The Duke of Devon, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, The Duke of Devon is a great summer destination.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Driving to The Duke of Devon? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
The Duke of Devon is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
A meal at The Duke of Devon will typically set you back about $30.
The 21st-century is here at The Duke of Devon. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
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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