Win her over on your next dinner date — Bella's Italian Cafe is an ideal date spot for those who heart Italian cuisine.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the restaurant's big-ticket items.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Bella's Italian Cafe.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Bella's Italian Cafe is a prime location to dine with a group.
Be sure to check out Bella's Italian Cafe's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Bella's Italian Cafe, which embraces a casual vibe.
Bella's Italian Cafe will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Bella's Italian Cafe is conveniently located near multiple valet and parking lot options for diners.
Bella's Italian Cafe provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Bella's Italian Cafe s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
All major credit cards are accepted.
So come share a romantic meal at Bella's Italian Cafe, where every classic Italian dish is prepared with amor.
When you're in the mood for pasta or pizza, head over to Bella's Italian Cafe and indulge in a classic Italian dish.
For a tasty treat, head to Tampa's Bayshore Gardens neighborhood for a few scoops on an ice cream cone at Sunnibunni.
Calories take a backseat at Sunnibunni, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Sunnibunni.
You can load up on the snacks and treats at Sunnibunni since prices are so low.
Don't limit yourself to one entree — at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant, you can sample a range of small plates (and share with your friends!).
Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
The parking options near Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant are extremely generous, including street, valet and garage.
With so many great combinations of flavors, you won't find a better variety of tapas than at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant.
Gather up the whole crew and head to Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline for a night of pizza and fun.
For food the whole family can enjoy, check out the pizzeria's pizza options and pasta choices.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this pizzeria's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline's gorgeous patio.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline in jeans and a hoodie.
You can also have Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline cater your next event.
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.
Free parking is available in a lot near Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline's restaurant.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Sally O'Neal's Pizza Hotline is the place for you.
Come taste what Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Don't forget to dip into Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club's fully-stocked bar.
Sometimes it's annoying to plan events for big groups, and sometimes it's easy with great restaurants like Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club helping you out.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Bring the Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club's great food to your place.
At Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club, you can get in and out quickly with the convenient valet service.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club tastes like pure heaven!
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club.
Sample a true smorgasbord of flavors at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
At Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Put a spin on your regular dining routine this evening with a delicious round of tapas at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant.
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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