What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Galley Restaurant and Lounge.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Galley Restaurant and Lounge's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Galley Restaurant and Lounge.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Galley Restaurant and Lounge's complimentary wifi.
Be sure to check out Galley Restaurant and Lounge's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Your group can sit comfortably at Galley Restaurant and Lounge, a local restaurant.
Galley Restaurant and Lounge also features live music and dancing.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Galley Restaurant and Lounge is come-as-you-are.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Galley Restaurant and Lounge cater for you.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Galley Restaurant and Lounge offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Meals at Galley Restaurant and Lounge are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Galley Restaurant and Lounge, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Galley Restaurant and Lounge tastes like pure heaven!
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Galley Restaurant and Lounge.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Anacortes' Adrift — this Anacortes seafood spot has quite the selection.
Adrift has given the typical healthy and vegan options a makeover.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Wifi is on the house at Adrift, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Adrift.
This restaurant's most sought after items include The 222, The Anchor, Veggie Starts, Breakfast Burrito, and Fried Egg Sandwich.
Adrift is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
For the tastes of Adrift from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Adrift is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Adrift.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Adrift serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Seafood is Adrift's specialty, so you don't want to miss out on a meal here.
Fresh fare can be found at Chuckanut Manor Restaurant, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
When you're ready to pig out, Chuckanut Manor Restaurant is ready to serve you the scrumptious food you're craving.
Chuckanut Manor Restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Chuckanut Manor Restaurant.
Access the Internet free of charge via Chuckanut Manor Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Chuckanut Manor Restaurant's outdoor patio.
Chuckanut Manor Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Chuckanut Manor Restaurant also offers catering.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Take a trip to Longhorn Saloon and Grill in Bow and make your next meal a good one.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Longhorn Saloon and Grill will leave you happy and full.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Head to Longhorn Saloon and Grill for a happy hour that aims to please.
Be sure to check out Longhorn Saloon and Grill's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Longhorn Saloon and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Longhorn Saloon and Grill has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Longhorn Saloon and Grill diners enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Longhorn Saloon and Grill will ensure that it is delicious.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
If you're driving, that's no problem. Parking available onsite.
Prices at Longhorn Saloon and Grill are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Hop to the deli counter at Gere-A-Deli — visitors will be hard-pressed to find a sandwich they don't love.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Gere-A-Deli to grab a spot on the patio.
No need to dress to the nines here — Gere-A-Deli's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Gere-A-Deli to create the perfect night.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
At Gere-A-Deli, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Gere-A-Deli's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
For a fresh sandwich from a great deli, Gere-A-Deli is definitely the play to go.
For tasty Mexican fare, Anacortes' La Barca Mexican Restaurant is hard to top.
For conscientious eaters, La Barca Mexican Restaurant has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu.
At La Barca Mexican Restaurant, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
No need to put on airs for a trip to La Barca Mexican Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Throwing a big party? Count on La Barca Mexican Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to La Barca Mexican Restaurant.
Meals at La Barca Mexican Restaurant are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at La Barca Mexican Restaurant.
Isn't it time to experience the taste of Mexican cuisine at La Barca Mexican Restaurant's premier restaurant?
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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