When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Bombay Cafe will do the trick.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
When you're trying to upgrade your cooking, adding flavor is essential. Create supple and tarter flavors by exploring the wonders vinegar and oil can add to your cuisine by shopping for them here.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Bombay Cafe and cure your hunger pains.
Pick up some noodles from Bombay Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Bombay Cafe for some hydration while you're on the move.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Bombay Cafe has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Bombay Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
If you are making your way over to Bombay Cafe, make sure you check out the convenient parking options located nearby.
Transmetropolitan does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Transmetropolitan has a large variety of flavorful and healthy dishes.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Transmetropolitan for a group meal.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Transmetropolitan.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Transmetropolitan encourages less-than-fancy attire.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Transmetropolitan also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this pizzeria.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Transmetropolitan.
Commute by bike to Transmetropolitan and find easy bike parking.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
Transmetropolitan has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
So come taste the pizza at Transmetropolitan for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Transmetropolitan where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Transmetropolitan serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Transmetropolitan.
Fans of Johnny's New York Style Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Health nuts, dieters, and everyone in between will love the low-fat, healthy fare that's jam-packed with flavor at Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Johnny's New York Style Pizza's free wifi.
Dine out in the open during Johnny's New York Style Pizza's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Johnny's New York Style Pizza for their catering services.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Johnny's New York Style Pizza — swing by for your favorite meal.
Everyone's talking about Johnny's New York Style Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Johnny's New York Style Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Johnny's New York Style Pizza is the place for you.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
The patio seating at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar is perfect for those warm summer days.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar's wifi.
Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
The restaurant doesn't accept reservations, so make sure to show up early during the busy weeknights.
Casual dining at its best, Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Free parking is available to Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar's diners that need it.
Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Locos Grill and Pub is Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)'s go-to option.
Locos Grill and Pub will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Locos Grill and Pub.
Sit outside at Locos Grill and Pub and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Locos Grill and Pub, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Locos Grill and Pub's wifi.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Locos Grill and Pub, known for its laid-back ambience.
This restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Catering services are also available.
Locos Grill and Pub is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Come to Locos Grill and Pub for a satisfying meal that won't break the bank.
For simply amazing pub food, Locos Grill and Pub has all of your favorites to continuously satisfy your hunger.
Go beyond just beans and rice at Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)'s Tlaloc El Mexicano, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Tlaloc El Mexicano. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Tlaloc El Mexicano, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Take it nice and easy at Tlaloc El Mexicano, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Tlaloc El Mexicano provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
When you need great food that is not going to cost an arm and a leg, stop by Tlaloc El Mexicano.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Tlaloc El Mexicano's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Tlaloc El Mexicano.
From tacos to chips and salsa, Tlaloc El Mexicano has you covered when it comes to tasty Mexican cuisine.
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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