Known for its casual and fun atmosphere, Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle serves up the best pizza in town.
Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle can help you switch to a healthier lifestyle, serving food that's low in fat but rich in flavor.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
At Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Don't like waiting to be seated? Make a reservation whether it's just you or the whole group.
Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle can also cater your next party; call today for details.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle.
Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
The pizzeria's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Elenni's Woodbury Pizza Castle.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the restaurant's menu.
Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Dress is typically casual at Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
This restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury also offers catering.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
The average check at Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
See for yourself why Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury's Italian food is so highly considered.
For authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, look no further than the highly-rated Butera's Restaurant of Woodbury.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Woodbury Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Woodbury Pizza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the pizzeria and easily park nearby.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Woodbury Pizza, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Woodbury Pizza is at the top of the list.
Just because Woodbury 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 Woodbury Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Woodbury Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Wrap up your busy week with a signature pizza or custom pizza at Carlito's of Woodbury.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Carlito's of Woodbury.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Carlito's of Woodbury has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Cut out wait times and book a table ahead of time.
The dress code is strictly casual at Carlito's of Woodbury, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
For those in a hurry, the pizzeria lets you take your grub to go.
Bring the Carlito's of Woodbury's great food to your place.
At Carlito's of Woodbury, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Cyclists are in luck. Carlito's of Woodbury provides bike parking.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the pizzeria, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Carlito's of Woodbury serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Carlito's of Woodbury.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Carlito's of Woodbury and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Make your next meal a pizza party! Napoli's Family Restaurant in Washingtonville's Washingtonville neighborhood is a tasty departure from your weekday routine.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Napoli's Family Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Napoli's Family Restaurant's free wifi.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Napoli's Family Restaurant.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Napoli's Family Restaurant's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Napoli's Family Restaurant as well.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Score a close parking spot at Napoli's Family Restaurant.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Menu items at Napoli's Family Restaurant tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Napoli's Family Restaurant to make that amazing pie a reality.
Get your daily dose of caffeine at John's Cafe, where you can catch up with friends or squeeze in some studying.
For conscientious eaters, John's Cafe has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Get online for free courtesy of John's Cafe's wifi.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in John's Cafe's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Bring your furry friend along for a delicious meal at John's Cafe.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at John's Cafe.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
You can also serve food from John's Cafe at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Avoid street parking and take advantage of the restaurant's neighboring garage or adjacent lot.
John's Cafe makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at John's Cafe.
So what are you waiting for? Make your way over to John's Cafe and indulge in some classic American eats.
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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