Carrabba's Italian Grill knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the restaurant offers quite the selection.
Eating right doesn't have to be hard. Head to Carrabba's Italian Grill for a healthy or gluten-free meal.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Carrabba's Italian Grill's gorgeous patio.
At Carrabba's Italian Grill, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Casual dining at its best, Carrabba's Italian Grill customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
For the tastes of Carrabba's Italian Grill from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Carrabba's Italian Grill offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Carrabba's Italian Grill has to offer.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Carrabba's Italian Grill is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
The best flavors of Italy await you at Carrabba's Italian Grill, so try them out today.
Fans of Brooklyn Joe's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu.
Break out of your routine and head to Brooklyn Joe's Pizza for low-fat and healthy fare.
This pizzeria patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
At this pizzeria, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Brooklyn Joe's Pizza is a great location to host a group dinner.
At Brooklyn Joe's Pizza, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Brooklyn Joe's Pizza.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Brooklyn Joe's Pizza as well.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Brooklyn Joe's Pizza's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Dining at Brooklyn Joe's Pizza will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Everyone's talking about Brooklyn Joe's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Brooklyn Joe's Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Brooklyn Joe's Pizza has to offer.
So if you're craving a delicious, hot slice of pizza, be sure to stop by Brooklyn Joe's Pizza.
Italian eats can be found at Luna Italian Restaurant, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Luna Italian Restaurant is creating healthy dishes that are delicious AND wait for it....vegan!
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
On warmer days, take advantage of Luna Italian Restaurant's outdoor seating.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Luna Italian Restaurant.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Luna Italian Restaurant — it's strictly casual.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Luna Italian Restaurant cater for you.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Luna Italian Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
At Luna Italian Restaurant, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Convenience is essential at Luna Italian Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Luna Italian Restaurant is well worth every penny!
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Luna Italian Restaurant.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Anthony's' easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Anthony's has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
This pizzeria is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
At Anthony's, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Anthony's' wifi.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Anthony's.
Anthony's prides itself in its delicious catering.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this pizzeria.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Travel by bike to Anthony's and store your bike at a nearby rack.
The average check at Anthony's will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Everyone's talking about Anthony's. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Anthony's (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit Anthony's and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
For a pizza that is out of the world, call or make a visit to Anthony's.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Carsons Tavern is a local favorite.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Happy hour at Carsons Tavern is filled with deals and steals.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Carsons Tavern and order great food.
Fill your ears with the sound of live music — the restaurant often hosts a DJ or a band — as you fill your stomach with delicious food.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Carsons Tavern as well.
Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Carsons Tavern's busiest days.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Carsons Tavern.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Carsons Tavern will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Carsons Tavern.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Carsons Tavern is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Carsons Tavern.
For food that's fast and packed with flavor, Chick-Fil-A is a great go-to chicken joint in Stuart's Stuart neighborhood.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Chick-Fil-A for a group meal.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Chick-Fil-A with their charming outdoor seating.
Chick-Fil-A wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chick-Fil-A as well.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
At Chick-Fil-A, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
At Chick-Fil-A, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Chick-Fil-A — prices are usually less than $15.
At Chick-Fil-A, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
It's a good thing that Chick-Fil-A is so fast because their chicken is irresistible.
Living life on the go can be stressful, but picking the right place to eat shouldn't be. Make the delicious choice with Chick-Fil-A.
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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