If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Access the Internet free of charge via Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge's complimentary wifi.
Large groups will appreciate Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge for its ability to seat them quickly.
Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
If you're heading to the pizzeria on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Head to Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge in comfort, where attire is business casual.
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It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
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Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Located three miles from Six Flags, The People's Choice Family Fun Center's canary-yellow, 43,000-square-foot arena buzzes with the thrill of friendly competition across 150 arcade games and the 18-hole Rocky's Fun House Miniature Golf course. Styled to mimic a circus, the venue features statues of carnival barkers who challenge guests to step right up to skee-ball and air hockey. Players gather loot at the redemption center, where they can exchange spools of tickets won at arcade games for the more than 1,000 prizes, from candy and stuffed animals to electronics and a lifetime of self-satisfaction. Servers at the food court dish out festival eats including cotton candy and pizza, and vendors at Hershey's Ice Cream Shoppe fill cones, cups, and top hats with frosty treats. The center also plays host to holiday events and private parties throughout the year. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the carnival resides an 18-hole miniature golf course known as Rocky's Fun House Miniature Golf. Here, putters tiptoe through a darkened wonderland of glow-in-the-dark circus shapes. A phosphorescent replication of trapeze artists, elephants, and escaped monkeys running amok greets putt-putt posses in the circus-themed segment, challenging their ability to focus on deviously placed holes. A moving ferris wheel towers over players as they size up the unique challenges of each hole and read the grain of the AstroTurf; fun-house mirrors bend beams of light into goofy, distorted reflections. At the final hole, which is guarded by a strongman bell ringer, those who sink a hole in one win a free round of golf for two and the lifelong friendship of Rocky, the triceratops mascot.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Taqueria Toluca, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Taqueria Toluca is creating healthy meals that are enticing to anyone's taste buds.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Taqueria Toluca, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Wifi is on the house at Taqueria Toluca, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Wear what you like when you dine at Taqueria Toluca — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Throwing a big party? Count on Taqueria Toluca to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
At Taqueria Toluca, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
At Taqueria Toluca, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Three meals a day are served at Taqueria Toluca, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Taqueria Toluca.
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Located in Waukegan, Hillery's is a well-known restaurant that delivers amazing barbeque and tasty chicken. This restaurant delivers an unforgettable dining experience set in a relaxed vibe. It's a popular restaurant for those that want good food.
Thanks to its outdoor seating, the restaurant is a fantastic option when the weather off of Lake Michigan is cooperative. No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, it's common knowledge that the background noise can get a little loud here.
For those who are interested, the menu does feature healthy items and it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. In addition to its convenient take-out menu, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town. Or, if you just want to pop in for a beverage, the restaurant does have a pretty decent selection at its bar.
Specializing in both lunch and dinner, a trip to Hillery's is definitely worthwhile. 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. Would you prefer to ride there? Bicycle parking is also provided.
If you adore adobo and can't get enough lumpia, the amazing Filipino fare at Smc Pampanga Express in Waukegan is right up your alley.
Smc Pampanga Express is a sweet spot for both healthy and low-fat eats.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Smc Pampanga Express.
Smc Pampanga Express is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Between the music and the crowds, Smc Pampanga Express' noise levels can be intense.
Wear what you like when you dine at Smc Pampanga Express — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Through their catering service, Smc Pampanga Express can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At Smc Pampanga Express, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
Commute by bike to Smc Pampanga Express and find easy bike parking.
If the perfect blend of sweet, salty, tangy, and sour is what you're looking for, the Filipino fare at Smc Pampanga Express will make your taste buds dance.
Potesta's Pizza offers a casual environment and multiple pizza choices that the whole family can enjoy.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Potesta's Pizza.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Potesta's Pizza for easy seating.
Put the suit away when heading to Potesta's Pizza — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
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!
Can't get enough of Potesta's Pizza's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Potesta's Pizza.
Your tab at Potesta's Pizza will usually run to about $30 per guest.
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Cindy Espinosa has cooked almost every dish on the menu at Nellie’s (2458 W. Division St.), the Humboldt Park luncheonette she co-owns with her husband, Pablo. Yet she’s never attempted mofongo, a dish of mashed fried plantains that’s a Puerto Rican tradition.
“I see it being made,” she said. “I know how it’s made, but I’ve never tried it.”
It’s easy to see why. The cooking process, which I watched unfold in Nellie’s kitchen, is pretty involved, with a lot of hand-mashing and frying. “It’s more of a Friday-night dinner type of thing,” Pablo said. “You might eat it once a month at home.”
Yet the final result—a dome of fried plantain that diners can moisten with a dip into housemade chicken broth—is worth the work. Here’s how Cindy and Pablo’s cook, Carmen, makes it.
Carmen first peels and chops green plantains, the same fruits used in the restaurant’s jibaritos and tostones. According to Pablo, the restaurant goes through a crate of about 50 green plantains every week.
Then Carmen tosses them into a deep-fryer with some chopped tocino, or pork lard. When the lard has cooked down to a salty, crispy crunch, she dumps it and the plantains into a type of mortar and pestle called a pilon. “Every Puerto Rican household should have one,” Cindy said. The pilon’s concave bottom is what gives a serving of mofongo its distinctive dome-like shape.
In Puerto Rico, you see “all types of sizes” of pilon, Pablo said. That includes some as large as a butter churn, which sit on the floor. Nellie’s is a tabletop model, about 6 inches tall, wooden, and covered in carvings. It makes only one portion of mofongo at a time, which can make things hectic for Carmen on a busy weekend day. (All that mashing “takes an arm,” Cindy said.)
Making mofongo to order gives the staff flexibility to tailor each serving. For instance, Carmen can leave out the tocino to make a vegetarian version of the dish. (Both Espinozas have been vegetarian for a year and a half.) Other versions on the menu include iterations with shrimp in place of tocino or with a mound of chicken, shrimp, or steak nestled inside the dome. Mofongo can also be a side order to fried chicken (chicharron de pollo) or fried pork.
I get to sample the classic, main-course version.
The mofongo dome appears next to a small silver tureen filled with housemade chicken broth for dipping. There is still a big chunk of meat and bone floating in it, as well as a big, soft carrot that I devour, savoring its umami flavors. Moistened with a little broth, the green plantains lose their fibrous dryness to become melt-in-your-mouth comfort food; the bits of tocino provide an occasional kick of salt.
I send a mental thank-you to Carmen’s arm for providing this food. I hope it was worth the work.
Photo credit: Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
Clockwise from top: Birria in action—rich, briny consommé and tender goat meat, stewed for hours with bay leaves, cinnamon, and other spices. // Ceramic bowls absorb the birria's heat, keeping the broth warm throughout meals. // When Rick Bayless recommended Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan to "Esquire" magazine, he described the eatery’s birria as "full of flavor, incredibly homey and satisfying."
In Ocotlán in Jalisco, Mexico, the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees. That's mild by Chicago standards; however, when the Reyes family immigrated 2,000 miles from Ocotlán to Chicago, they brought with them a recipe that would prove thoroughly compatible with the colder weather. That recipe is birria—a savory stew made by simmering goat meat for hours with herbs and spices. On a cold day in mid-March, I made a trek across town to the family's Pilsen restaurant, Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan, to taste it myself.
As soon as I entered the eatery, I smelled the warm, rich aroma of simmering goat meat. Goats were also present in the decor: miniature replicas decorated shelves and cupboards, and a mounted goat head kept watch over the booths, a toothpick dangling humorously from its lips.
After I ordered birria at the counter, a server presented me with three dishes. The smallest held pickled onions and lime wedges, which are traditional birria condiments, and an oblong basket cradled warm, fresh tortillas. The largest bowl brimmed with rich, briny consommé, chopped onions and cilantro, and hunks of tender goat meat.
The first spoonful of broth tasted bright and smoky with hints of ancho peppers and cinnamon. I separated a piece of goat meat with light pressure from my spoon. Leaner than beef, the meat still had pieces of bone inside, which infused the meat with the flavor of their marrow. The crisp onions and fragrant cilantro stood out against the birria's savory elements to create a harmony of flavors that was especially comforting on a cold day.