Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria offers a casual environment and multiple pizza choices that the whole family can enjoy.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this pizzeria's menu.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this pizzeria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria will be able to accommodate your large party.
The pizzeria is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria — attire is casual.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Barleys Tap Room and Pizzeria for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Fans of Pizza Inn make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Pizza Inn.
Between the music and the crowds, Pizza Inn's noise levels can be intense.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Pizza Inn to create the perfect night.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the pizzeria is open 24 hours a day.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pizza Inn is at the top of the list.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Pizza Inn (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Pizza Inn, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Pizza Inn for a tasty pizza pie.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby and embrace the mess.
Guess what? Bridges Barbecue Lodge serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Bridges Barbecue Lodge goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
You can also have Bridges Barbecue Lodge cater your next event.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Bridges Barbecue Lodge.
Meals at Bridges Barbecue Lodge are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Bridges Barbecue Lodge — they're open for all three meals.
So when you have a craving for some fresh and tasty barbecue, Bridges Barbecue Lodge has you covered.
So don't wait to try the slow-cooked and marinated deliciousness at Bridges Barbecue Lodge. This tasty joint hits a homerun in barbecue.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Applebee's, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Treat yourself to a tasty, vegan meal at Applebee's.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Seating is readily available at Applebee's for those with large parties.
Wifi is on the house at Applebee's, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Applebee's is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Applebee's prides itself in its delicious catering.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Applebee's is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Applebee's makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Applebee's' tasty restaurant.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Applebee's.
Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant hits a home run with each and every order.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
At Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
The patio tables outside of Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
So come to Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
For a fun evening out, Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant 's Mexican food will have you begging for more!
For delicious Mexico-inspired cuisine, make your way over to the highly-rated Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant.
Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits' chicken — cooked just the way you like it — is a must-try in Forest City's Forest City area.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Be sure to check out Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits' outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits' wifi.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Parking has never been easier at Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
At Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, guests can save their cash and indulge all at the same time
food here is high in taste and low in cost.
Three meals a day are served at Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Oh, the chicken at Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits will certainly have you coming back to Forest City for more.
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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