Score your next slice at Stonington Pizza Palace — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Stonington Pizza Palace can help you switch to a healthier lifestyle, serving food that's low in fat but rich in flavor.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Stonington Pizza Palace with their complimentary wifi.
Stonington Pizza Palace caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Stonington Pizza Palace is ultra casual.
That's right! Stonington Pizza Palace will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
For those in a hurry, the pizzeria lets you take your grub to go.
At Stonington Pizza Palace, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Stonington Pizza Palace.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the pizzeria is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Stonington Pizza Palace come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Just because Stonington Pizza Palace 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.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Stonington Pizza Palace.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Stonington Pizza Palace.
Pop over to Pizza Place for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this pizzeria.
At Pizza Place, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Pizza Place.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Pizza Place won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Pizza Place.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Pizza Place.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Pizza Place is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pizza Place is at the top of the list.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Pizza Place (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Pizza Place.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Pizza Place?
Visit Noah's Restaurant and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Noah's Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
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.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Noah's Restaurant's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Guests take to street parking at Noah's Restaurant's Water St spot.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Noah's Restaurant has to offer.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Noah's Restaurant has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
Make your way over to Noah's Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Noah's Restaurant.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at The Cooked Goose, home of American comfort food.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at The Cooked Goose.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on The Cooked Goose's patio.
Not to be overlooked is The Cooked Goose's no-charge wifi.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from The Cooked Goose.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for The Cooked Goose's diners.
Travel by bike to The Cooked Goose and store your bike at a nearby rack.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, The Cooked Goose is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at The Cooked Goose tastes like pure heaven!
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to The Cooked Goose.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at The Breachway Grill.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
The Breachway Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
At The Breachway Grill, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to The Breachway Grill in jeans and a hoodie.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in The Breachway Grill for catering.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at The Breachway Grill running under $30 per person.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit The Breachway Grill and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
Swing by The Breachway Grill today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to The Breachway Grill and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Fresh fare can be found at Bridge, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Low-fat is not a term Bridge throws around but delicious is!
Round out your meal with a little tipple — Bridge has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at Bridge with its kid-friendly fare.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Bridge's al fresco patio seating.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Bridge for a group meal.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Bridge.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Bridge, so dress for comfort when you come.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
There's no need to bust your budget at Bridge, with most meals costing under $15.
Bridge accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Bridge has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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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