Fans of Anthony's Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Anthony's Pizzeria has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
At this pizzeria, kids of all ages are welcome.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Anthony's Pizzeria, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Anthony's Pizzeria.
Wifi access is totally free at Anthony's Pizzeria, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Anthony's Pizzeria's low-key style is the perfect match.
No time to sit down? No worries! This pizzeria offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Anthony's Pizzeria offers catering.
At Anthony's Pizzeria, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Anthony's Pizzeria is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
All major credit cards are accepted.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Anthony's Pizzeria for lunch or dinner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Anthony's Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Anthony's Pizzeria (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Anthony's Pizzeria cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
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Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant in Simpsonville's Simpsonville neighborhood.
The chefs at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant.
Dress is typically casual at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and El Tejano Mexican Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
At El Tejano Mexican Restaurant, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of El Tejano Mexican Restaurant.
The dream is to eat an amazing meal for under $15, and at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant, they are making dreams come true.
Convenience is essential at El Tejano Mexican Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to El Tejano Mexican Restaurant for a casual Mexican meal.
So head on over to El Tejano Mexican Restaurant for a tasty meal and keep up with the latest and greatest trends in Mexican cuisine.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Papa's and Beer — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Head to Papa's and Beer for a happy hour that aims to please.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Papa's and Beer has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Papa's and Beer is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Papa's and Beer, known for its laid-back ambience.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Papa's and Beer is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Taste why Papa's and Beer's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Papa's and Beer and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
Papa's and Beer serves up a variety of Mexican eats, so head on over today and indulge in some of your favorites.
Pop over to House of Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Health nuts will appreciate the light and low-fat menu choices.
House of Pizza is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this pizzeria can exceed a jackhammer.
Top-notch attire is required here, so guests should be prepared to suit up before heading out.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
House of Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Score a parking spot in a nearby lot or treat yourself to the luxury of valet parking at House of Pizza.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at House of Pizza.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
House of Pizza provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
Swing by the pizzeria at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Everyone's talking about House of Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay House of Pizza a visit.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
At El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants to your next party or event.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So come to El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
Isn't it time to experience the taste of Mexican cuisine at El Jalisco Mexican Restaurants' premier restaurant?
Against the idyllic backdrop of a renovated, 101-year-old Victorian house, Elegant Gourmet Cafe and Catering's owner and chef Geno Portele crafts lush dishes and desserts that can sate appetites at the eatery or during catered events. A daily lunch menu lists sandwiches and salads compiled with such ingredients as lemon-pesto mayonnaise, sugared pecans, and bread dipped in orange batter. Though the café does not offer a kids' menu, parents are welcome to bring their own meals and Heroes of Tax Reform coloring books for their children.
Chef Portele also outfits fetes of all types with custom catering menus loaded with ingredients such as applewood-smoked roast beef and imported cheeses. The eatery's picturesque facilities serve as the arena for merrymaking festivities. A spacious front porch wraps around the historic building, which comprises four separate dining areas peppered with art-deco décor. Indoor-outdoor bashes utilize a cushy reception tent that accommodates up to 250 guests or one replica of the Sphinx. To further simplify party planning, staffers can help procure music, decorations, and cakes.
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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