Visit Chili's for some true American comfort food.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Your group can sit comfortably at Chili's, a local restaurant.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Chili's is all about comfort.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
At Chili's, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Meals at Chili's are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Chili's provides service throughout the day.
Chili's is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Chili's is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
So head on over to the highly-rated Chili's for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
At Taste of Home, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
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.
At Taste of Home, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Taste of Home provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
At Taste of Home, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Catering from Taste of Home will take your party to the next level.
This restaurant offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Parking is made simple at Taste of Home, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
Taste of Home is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Taste of Home's restaurant today.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Taste of Home and load up on some classic American dishes.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Taste of Home and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Italian Villa, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
With Italian Villa's BYOB policy, you can create your own food and beverage pairing.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Italian Villa and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Keep it casual at Italian Villa, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Italian Villa for their catering services.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
Italian Villa offers safe bike parking outside.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Italian Villa is well worth every penny!
For a new take on Italian classics, make your way over to Italian Villa and taste some great eats.
Meat-eaters in Lavon will fall in love with Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ — this barbecue joint is a tasty destination for Lavon residents.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Sit outside at Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Wifi access is totally free at Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
You can also serve food from Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Drive to Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ and find parking in the area.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ.
Lost on where to eat for cheap? Look no further than Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ, a local hotspot with affordable prices.
Ribs, steak, or chicken — Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ has your barbecue needs covered.
So stop in at Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ for some casual and high-flavor barbecue.
For classic barbecue, head to Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth in Wylie's Wylie district.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth for easy seating.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth is known for its tasty eats and inexpensive food and beverage prices.
Three meals a day are served at Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Fort Worth is serving up barbecue with a fresh new twist, making it the perfect meal for any occasion.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We make all our items from scratch using only the best ingredients, we shop local from the farmers and bakers in town. Our flavors are traditional with a modern twist.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our most popular menu item is the Happy Pappy Sandwich. This sandwich is a full on Pappy delight with turkey, ham, bacon our house spread with pickled sweet peppers & onion and topped off with our signature Happy Pappy pickled pear.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Home canning pickles and jams as a hobby quickly became a passion to make quality preservative free products for others. The cafe was a natural extension of the same wholesome eating passion.
What do you love most about your job?
I love coming up with new flavors and watching as others try our unique pairings.
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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