Score your next slice at Torino Pizza Restaurant — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Torino Pizza Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this pizzeria — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Torino Pizza Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Torino Pizza Restaurant's low-key style is the perfect match.
Want to enjoy this pizzeria without the wait? Get it to go.
For easy dining, Torino Pizza Restaurant provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Torino Pizza Restaurant will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
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 Torino Pizza Restaurant.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Torino Pizza Restaurant. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Torino Pizza Restaurant.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Torino Pizza Restaurant's great restaurant.
The premier destination for appetizing seafood, Catfish House in Springfield is one of the area's highest-rated restaurants. It's a popular spot for guests interested in good quality and a fantastic waitstaff.
There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, only cash is accepted, so you'll definitely want to swing by the ATM beforehand. Glancing at the menu prices, you can definitely dine for less than $20 per person, and can probably get in and out somewhere in the $10-to-$15 range, if you try.
Upon arrival, see if you can try the baked potato, the catfish, or the beans, as all three will impress. In terms of the restaurant itself, if you're searching for the perfect spot for a family gathering (or a birthday meal), it's rated as a nice local option for big groups and families with children.
A lunch and dinner staple in the community for nearly 25 years, a visit to Catfish House is definitely worthwhile. The service, in general, is "friendly" and "good," and food is "great." Also, its portions are known to be "ample" and "perfect," while the meal is "delicious" and "enjoyable." Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Prefer to pedal there? Bicycle parking is also provided.
Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Depot Bar and Grill in Springfield.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Depot Bar and Grill is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Eat outdoors Depot Bar and Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
It tends to get especially busy on weeknights, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
At Depot Bar and Grill, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Travel by bike to Depot Bar and Grill and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Depot Bar and Grill since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tucked away in the heart of Springfield's Springfield neighborhood, El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant serves a laid-back Mexican feast.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Prices at El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two).
Spice up your every day with delicious Mexican food at El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant.
From tacos to chips and salsa, El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant has you covered when it comes to tasty Mexican cuisine.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Applebee's.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Applebee's.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Applebee's is come-as-you-are.
Bring the Applebee's' great food to your place.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Applebee's, a local restaurant.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Applebee's s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Applebee's serves up all three meals.
Don't look any further, head to Applebee's for your next American meal.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Pizza Done Right, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Pizza Done Right is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the pizzeria's take-out and delivery options.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Pizza Done Right since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Pizza Done Right is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Before ordering just a generic box of pizza, re-think that decision and go with a pie above the rest from Pizza Done Right.
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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