Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Wethersfield Pizza House's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Wethersfield Pizza House has something that every stomach will enjoy.
This pizzeria is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Wethersfield Pizza House is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Just through the door at this pizzeria, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Wethersfield Pizza House is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
At Wethersfield Pizza House, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
For those who travel by bike, Wethersfield Pizza House offers bike racks for diners.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Wethersfield Pizza House.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Wethersfield Pizza House.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Wethersfield Pizza House.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Wethersfield Pizza House is the place for you.
Hooters is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Hooters.
Hooters is fully loaded with TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
The large dining space at Hooters provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
You can also serve food from Hooters at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Hooters for tasty American fare.
So head on over to the highly-rated Hooters for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Fragrant Indian fare and five-star ratings are the name of the game at Priya Indian Cuisine.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Priya Indian Cuisine can seat both large and small groups.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Priya Indian Cuisine is all about comfort.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Priya Indian Cuisine to create the perfect night.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
Cyclists are in luck. Priya Indian Cuisine provides bike parking.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Priya Indian Cuisine hits the nail on the head.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
The menu at Priya Indian Cuisine includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
If you love Indian flavor, it's time to see what all the highly-rated hype is about at Priya Indian Cuisine.
For traditional and authentic Indian food, look no further than Priya Indian Cuisine.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Village Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
The chefs at Village Pizza know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this pizzeria.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Village Pizza.
Comfort is prioritized at Village Pizza, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
You can also have Village Pizza cater your next event.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Driving to the pizzeria is easy as pie, and parking surrounds the area.
Village Pizza offers safe bike parking outside.
Everyone's talking about Village Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Village Pizza where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Village Pizza cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Village Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Denovellis Family Restaurant.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Denovellis Family Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Denovellis Family Restaurant is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
No need to dress to the nines here — Denovellis Family Restaurant's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Catering from Denovellis Family Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Many diners choose to drive to Denovellis Family Restaurant, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
For prime Italian fare, Denovellis Family Restaurant is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
From pasta to paninis, Denovellis Family Restaurant has all the Italian food you love and then some.
On the Border serves a laid-back Mexican feast.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at On the Border.
If you need to feed a big crowd, On the Border also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to On the Border.
Prices at On the Border are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at On the Border — swing by for your favorite meal.
So come on over to On the Border to get a taste of their delicious Mexican classics.
On the Border serves up tasty and innovative Mexico-inspired eats, so head over today and try something new.
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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