As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats.
It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans.
After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company.
We make quality food fresh just for you!
Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection.
Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Fans of Boulevard Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Whether you're gluten-free or just health-conscious, Boulevard Pizza serves a number of dishes that are good for the diet.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
At Boulevard Pizza, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Boulevard Pizza.
Boulevard Pizza's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Boulevard Pizza's diners.
Boulevard Pizza makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
A mid-priced establishment, Boulevard Pizza offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Boulevard Pizza accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Boulevard Pizza serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Boulevard Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Boulevard Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Boulevard Pizza.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Boulevard Pizza to help you out.
Grab some friends and head on over to Great Basin Brewing Co. for great pub grub.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Great Basin Brewing Co., you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Great Basin Brewing Co. is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Great Basin Brewing Co., you can surf the web and get some work done.
Tap your foot to Great Basin Brewing Co.'s tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Between the music and the crowds, Great Basin Brewing Co.'s noise levels can be intense.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Great Basin Brewing Co. tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Great Basin Brewing Co. for catering.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Great Basin Brewing Co.'s diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Great Basin Brewing Co.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Great Basin Brewing Co.
When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to Great Basin Brewing Co. and snack on all of your favorite eats.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Bully's Sports Bar and Grill, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
At Bully's Sports Bar and Grill, diners can score happy hour deals.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Bully's Sports Bar and Grill's free wifi.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Can't get enough of Bully's Sports Bar and Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Travel by bike to Bully's Sports Bar and Grill and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Meals at Bully's Sports Bar and Grill usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Bully's Sports Bar and Grill.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Black Rock Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
At this pizzeria, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Black Rock Pizza is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
No need to dress up for a trip to Black Rock Pizza — the casual pizzeria encourages laid-back attire.
You can also grab your grub to go.
You can also serve food from Black Rock Pizza at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
Black Rock Pizza 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 pizzeria.
The menu at Black Rock Pizza is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
At Black Rock Pizza, you can pay with any major credit card.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Black Rock Pizza.
Just because Black Rock Pizza is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
So grab a group of friends and head to Black Rock Pizza, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Black Rock Pizza and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Snack on tasty pub fare at O'Ski's Pub and Grille, a local favorite.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Wifi access is totally free at O'Ski's Pub and Grille, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
The patio seating at O'Ski's Pub and Grille is perfect for those warm summer days.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Dogs are welcome at O'Ski's Pub and Grille, so feel free to bring Fido along.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
O'Ski's Pub and Grille is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Fed up with difficult parking? At O'Ski's Pub and Grille, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
O'Ski's Pub and Grille has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to O'Ski's Pub and Grille and snack on all of your favorite eats.
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.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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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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