Don't let the incredible deals for vinegar and oil pass you by. When you shop here, you can stock up on the many varieties of those two ingredients to absolutely transform your cooking.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
For cool, refreshing H20, Classic Cafe's got you covered.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Classic Cafe and pick up some fresh noodles.
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Classic Cafe's impressive coffee and tea connection.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Craving a late-night snack? Treat yourself to a canned good from Classic Cafe and satisfy your craving.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
Classic Cafe serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
You can find parking easily in the surrounding area.
Uptown Lounge and Restaurant is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Vegan diners won't have a hard time finding a tasty meal at Uptown Lounge and Restaurant.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Happy hour at Uptown Lounge and Restaurant is filled with deals and steals.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Uptown Lounge and Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Uptown Lounge and Restaurant when the weather is warm.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Uptown Lounge and Restaurant's busiest days.
Dress is typically casual at Uptown Lounge and Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
At Uptown Lounge and Restaurant, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Uptown Lounge and Restaurant serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Uptown Lounge and Restaurant's restaurant today.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Uptown Lounge and Restaurant and enjoy some great American classics.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Uptown Lounge and Restaurant.
Find old friends or make new ones at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant — this welcoming Irish bar is a solid hangout.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Head to McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant for a happy hour that aims to please.
Don't miss out on the private room at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together.
Open air seating is ready for diners at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant when the weather is warm.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant as well.
To get seated fast on a weeknight, you may want to call ahead and make a reservation — after-work crowds can fill the place up.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant is ultra casual.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
The average check at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
The menu at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Spend a night out at McGee's Irish Pub and Restaurant with good food and a nice beer.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at Summa Joe's — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this pizzeria's full bar to top off your meal.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Summa Joe's.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Summa Joe's with their charming outdoor seating.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Summa Joe's' free wifi hotspot.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Summa Joe's.
Catering from Summa Joe's will take your party to the next level.
No time to sit down? No worries! This pizzeria offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Summa Joe's is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Summa Joe's offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
So grab a group of friends and head to Summa Joe's, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
For a hot pizza that packs in all the flavors you love, stop on by Summa Joe's.
Come for a tasty meal at Coach House Restaurant that the whole family will love.
Coach House Restaurant's menu features tasty, vegan eats.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Coach House Restaurant.
The dress code at Coach House Restaurant is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Coach House Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Coach House Restaurant's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Coach House Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Coach House Restaurant since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Coach House Restaurant and treat yourself to an American classic.
Make your way over to Coach House Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Coach House Restaurant and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Anderson's Mellow Mushroom for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
Mellow Mushroom is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Mellow Mushroom's complimentary wifi.
Mellow Mushroom has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Mellow Mushroom's outdoor patio seating.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Mellow Mushroom — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Mellow Mushroom to your next party or event.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Ample parking is located near Mellow Mushroom.
For those who travel by bike, Mellow Mushroom offers bike racks for diners.
The average check at Mellow Mushroom will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Short on cash? No problem. Mellow Mushroom happily accepts all major credit cards.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Mellow Mushroom?
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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