Pop over to Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
The large dining space at Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Call Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant is centrally located near many parking lot options.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Dining at Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant's pizza.
So grab a group of friends and head to Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Tosco's Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
Visit Collegeville's Phamous Phil's BBQ for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Wifi access is totally free at Phamous Phil's BBQ, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Phamous Phil's BBQ is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Phamous Phil's BBQ's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Phamous Phil's BBQ is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Phamous Phil's BBQ offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Phamous Phil's BBQ s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Phamous Phil's BBQ time and time again.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Phamous Phil's BBQ also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Is your mouth watering yet? Satisfy your taste for barbecue at Phamous Phil's BBQ today.
So get a little messy with your next meal, and swing by Phamous Phil's BBQ for some of the best barbecue in town.
Score your next slice at Nonna Rosa Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
Wifi is on the house at Nonna Rosa Pizza, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Nonna Rosa Pizza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Nonna Rosa Pizza provides service throughout the day.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Nonna Rosa Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Nonna Rosa Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Just because Nonna Rosa 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.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Nonna Rosa Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Nonna Rosa Pizza and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar in Eagleville.
Ordering a gluten-free meal isn't difficult at Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
The happy hour at Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar offers deals you won't want to miss.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar, known for its laid-back ambience.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar cater for you.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Travel by bike to Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Keeping an eye on your budget? Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
Short on cash? No problem. Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar happily accepts all major credit cards.
Grab some friends and head on over to Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant for great pub grub.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant.
At Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant's wifi.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant for catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Are you ready for a bite of pure heaven with Brother Paul's Pub-Restaurant's delicious pub food?
Come to Applebee's for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Applebee's, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Cheers to the weekend! Applebee's is serving up the fun!
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Applebee's.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Applebee's.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Applebee's encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Catering services are also available.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Expect your bill at Applebee's to come in at around $30 per person.
At Applebee's, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Applebee's.
Make your way over to Applebee's and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
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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