With a stay at Holiday Inn University Plaza-Bowling Green, you'll be centrally located in Bowling Green, steps from Sloan Convention Center and CrossWinds Golf Course. This hotel is within close proximity of E. A. Diddle Arena and Bowling Green Ballpark.
Make yourself at home in one of the 218 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an indoor pool and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a television in the lobby. Spending a day of fun is easy with the complimentary theme park shuttle.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, an Internet point, and a computer station. Planning an event in Bowling Green? This hotel has 19580 square feet (1762 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
For wings with a ton of zest, Bowling Green's Buffalo Wild Wings has got you covered.
Guess what? Buffalo Wild Wings serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Buffalo Wild Wings' free wifi hotspot.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a great location to host a group dinner.
Eat outdoors Buffalo Wild Wings (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Buffalo Wild Wings won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Buffalo Wild Wings' patrons can find places to park in the area.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Buffalo Wild Wings' menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
So visit Buffalo Wild Wings and throw down on some wings the next time the urge strikes.
Visit Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Bowling Green's Bowling Green.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Large groups will appreciate Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar for its ability to seat them quickly.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar.
Prices at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar for tasty American fare.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar and load up on some classic American dishes.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Double Dogs for American-style cuisine.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Sit outside at Double Dogs and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Not to be overlooked is Double Dogs' no-charge wifi.
Double Dogs is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Make use of the ample parking near Double Dogs.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Expect your bill at Double Dogs to come in at around $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Double Dogs.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Double Dogs.
As its multi-star ratings show, Longhorn Steakhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Longhorn Steakhouse combines great flavors with healthy ingredients for dishes that not just taste good but make you feel good too.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Your large group can all sit together at Longhorn Steakhouse.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Longhorn Steakhouse, so dress for comfort when you come.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Longhorn Steakhouse is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Meals at Longhorn Steakhouse usually set you back about $30 per diner.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Longhorn Steakhouse serves three meals a day.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to Longhorn Steakhouse where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
Put a twist on the tried-and-true steak dinner with a wide selection of sides and styles at Longhorn Steakhouse.
For that fresh, out-of-the-oven taste, Mancino's Grinders and Pizza in Bowling Green's Bowling Green serves mouthwatering pizza with a down-home feel.
Quit fat and gluten at Mancino's Grinders and Pizza, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Mancino's Grinders and Pizza.
Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at Mancino's Grinders and Pizza.
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 prefer to drive to the pizzeria, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Your wallet will be happy with a visit to Mancino's Grinders and Pizza, too, where prices are generally under $15.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Mancino's Grinders and Pizza for lunch or dinner.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Mancino's Grinders and Pizza.
There's no doubt about it. Mancino's Grinders and Pizza out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
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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