Pop over to Campions Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Campions Pizza can seat both large and small groups.
Take it nice and easy at Campions Pizza, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Campions Pizza for catering.
At Campions Pizza, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Campions Pizza s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
All major credit cards are accepted.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Campions Pizza offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Campions Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Campions Pizza, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Campions Pizza.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Campions Pizza has you covered.
Italian eats can be found at Zocco's Italian Restaurant, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Guess what? Zocco's Italian Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Your large group can all sit together at Zocco's Italian Restaurant.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Zocco's Italian Restaurant has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Treat yourself to a high-end evening at Zocco's Italian Restaurant, where formal attire is the only acceptable attire.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Zocco's Italian Restaurant also offers catering.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Zocco's Italian Restaurant.
Zocco's Italian Restaurant s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Zocco's Italian Restaurant time and time again.
At Zocco's Italian Restaurant, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Come see why the Italian food at Zocco's Italian Restaurant is well worth the price.
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Zocco's Italian Restaurant.
Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
At Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the pizzeria can get packed.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant is come-as-you-are.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Through their catering service, Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant for a great bite.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
Next time you're in the mood for authentic Italian cooking, remember to try the delicious fare at Red Onion Pizza and Family Restaurant.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Wilson Pizza Palace's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
The chefs at Wilson Pizza Palace know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
This pizzeria is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Wilson Pizza Palace caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Put the suit away when heading to Wilson Pizza Palace — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
For the tastes of Wilson Pizza Palace from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Wilson Pizza Palace.
Meals at Wilson Pizza Palace usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Wilson Pizza Palace, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Wilson Pizza Palace. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Wilson Pizza Palace for a tasty pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Wilson Pizza Palace's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Wilson Pizza Palace serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay Wilson Pizza Palace a visit.
For wings with a ton of zest, Windsor's Buffalo Wild Wings has got you covered.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Wifi here is on the house.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this restaurant can get downright loud.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Buffalo Wild Wings is come-as-you-are.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings' wings will keep you happy and coming back for more!
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Ted's Montana Grill.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
At Ted's Montana Grill, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Ted's Montana Grill and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Ted's Montana Grill does not take reservations, so plan accordingly.
At Ted's Montana Grill, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Ted's Montana Grill.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Ted's Montana Grill.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Ted's Montana Grill is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Ted's Montana Grill and treat yourself to an American classic.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Ted's Montana Grill is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Ted's Montana Grill today.
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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