Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Skip long waits and head to Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille with your large group for easy seating.
The patio tables outside of Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Those hoping to avoid the weekend rush will do best visiting the restaurant during the week.
Casual dining at its best, Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille offers catering.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Commuting to Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille is a breeze with close parking and public transit options.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille.
Expect your bill at Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille to come in at around $30 per person.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille serves up all three meals.
When American food comes to mind, Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille should be your first choice.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Tortoise and Hare Bar and Grille.
Build your own burger at Whitlow's On Wilson — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Whitlow's On Wilson.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
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.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Whitlow's On Wilson for easy seating.
The patio seating at Whitlow's On Wilson is perfect for those warm summer days.
Musical groups perform live at Whitlow's On Wilson, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
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.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Whitlow's On Wilson, known for its laid-back ambience.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
You can also serve food from Whitlow's On Wilson at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Take advantage of the easily accessible public transit options not far from Whitlow's On Wilson at Clarendon Metrorail (Orange) and Courthouse Metro (Orange).
Whitlow's On Wilson offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Meals at Whitlow's On Wilson usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Brunch is the house specialty at Whitlow's On Wilson, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Whitlow's On Wilson's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Whitlow's On Wilson is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Whitlow's On Wilson.
It's easy to become a regular at Ireland's Four Courts — this Irish bar is a haven for the Guinness-enthusiast.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Ireland's Four Courts.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Book a room at Ireland's Four Courts so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order.
Head on over to Ireland's Four Courts for weekday and weekend happy hour.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Ireland's Four Courts with their complimentary wifi.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Ireland's Four Courts.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Ireland's Four Courts.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Or, take your grub to go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Ireland's Four Courts cater for you.
Drive or take public transit to Ireland's Four Courts, a conveniently located restaurant with parking options and public transit access nearby.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Ireland's Four Courts offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Ireland's Four Courts offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Ireland's Four Courts — swing by for your favorite meal.
Ireland's Four Courts' classic Irish feel will make you feel right at home.
Visit Ragtime for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Arlington's Radnor - Fort Myer Heights.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Happy hour at Ragtime is filled with deals and steals.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Ragtime makes it easy. Book your room today.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Ragtime, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Get online gratis thanks to Ragtime's complimentary wifi.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Ragtime as well.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Comfort is prioritized at Ragtime, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Catering from Ragtime will take your party to the next level.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Ragtime.
If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Courthouse Metro (Orange).
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Ragtime is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Deep pockets not required! Ragtime takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Ragtime.
The friendly staff at Ragtime are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Pay Ragtime a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Ragtime.
Catering toward the non-conformist, Northside Social Coffee and Wine serves coffee to those searching for a seriously strong cup.
Toast your evening out at this coffee shop with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Northside Social Coffee and Wine's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Northside Social Coffee and Wine.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Northside Social Coffee and Wine.
Not to be overlooked is Northside Social Coffee and Wine's no-charge wifi.
The coffee shop's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Northside Social Coffee and Wine's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Northside Social Coffee and Wine will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This coffee shop knows it's carryout.
Northside Social Coffee and Wine's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Avoid the hassle of driving and take advantage of public transit; nearby stops include Clarendon Metrorail (Orange) and Virginia Square Metro (Orange).
Northside Social Coffee and Wine is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Northside Social Coffee and Wine will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Northside Social Coffee and Wine since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
People come to Northside Social Coffee and Wine for the coffee, but they stay for its fun and trendy vibe.
The coffee at Northside Social Coffee and Wine is fresh and flavorful, so head on over today and enjoy a taste of paradise.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Boulevard Wood Grill is a local favorite.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Boulevard Wood Grill, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Boulevard Wood Grill is ready to help you throw the dinner party of your dreams!
The patio seating at Boulevard Wood Grill is perfect for those warm summer days.
The dress code is strictly casual at Boulevard Wood Grill, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
Avoid the hassle of driving and take advantage of public transit; nearby stops include Clarendon Metrorail (Orange) and Courthouse Metro (Orange).
Boulevard Wood Grill offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Boulevard Wood Grill s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Boulevard Wood Grill.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Boulevard Wood Grill and enjoy some great American classics.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Boulevard Wood Grill and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
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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