As its multi-star ratings show, Raindancer Steak Parlour serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Raindancer Steak Parlour — just right for large and merry gatherings.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Raindancer Steak Parlour's low-key style is the perfect match.
You can also have Raindancer Steak Parlour cater your next event.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Raindancer Steak Parlour for easy access to parking lots.
Meals at Raindancer Steak Parlour are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
At Raindancer Steak Parlour, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
So why not find out for yourself why everyone is talking about Raindancer Steak Parlour? Your very own steak is right around the corner.
So take your lunch or dinner to the next level and treat yourself to a yummy steak at Raindancer Steak Parlour.
At Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Cock 'n Bull Restaurant.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Cock 'n Bull Restaurant with their complimentary wifi.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Cock 'n Bull Restaurant.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Cock 'n Bull Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Cock 'n Bull Restaurant cater for you.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Cock 'n Bull Restaurant.
Pay Cock 'n Bull Restaurant a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
So head on over to the highly-rated Cock 'n Bull Restaurant for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Pizza Shack, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Pizza Shack knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Comfort is prioritized at Pizza Shack, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
At Pizza Shack, you can safely park just around the corner.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Pizza Shack is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pizza Shack is at the top of the list.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Pizza Shack, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Pizza Shack.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Pizza Shack.
For premier pizza in Cobleskill's Cobleskill area, head to Little Italy Pizza and Pasta.
Health nuts will love Little Italy Pizza and Pasta for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
At Little Italy Pizza and Pasta, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this pizzeria.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this pizzeria for carryout.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Little Italy Pizza and Pasta's tasty dishes at your next party.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Little Italy Pizza and Pasta for easy access to parking lots.
The eats are cheap here. Little Italy Pizza and Pasta knows a meal out should be tasty but not an investment.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Little Italy Pizza and Pasta.
You won't be disappointed at Wined Up in New York, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
The happy hour at Wined Up offers deals you won't want to miss.
Pump up your night with performances from Wined Up's live DJs.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Garage and lot parking are both available to patrons.
Tired from driving? Enjoy a relaxing ride when you take public transportation; accessible stops include 23 St. (N, R), 23 St. (4, 6, 6X), and 23 St. (F, M).
Wined Up offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Wined Up's moderately priced fare.
Two Brothers From Naples in Cobleskill puts a unique spin on everyone's favorite food: pizza.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Two Brothers From Naples and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
A relatively loud pizzeria, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Two Brothers From Naples, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Guests take to street parking at Two Brothers From Naples' East Main Street spot.
Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Two Brothers From Naples for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Two Brothers From Naples?
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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