You won't be disappointed at Brentwood's Wild Iris Cafe, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Wild Iris Cafe.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Wild Iris Cafe, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Wild Iris Cafe's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Wild Iris Cafe offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Wild Iris Cafe has to offer.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Qdoba Mexican Grill in Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance) for a meal packed with bold flavor.
For innovative, low-fat fare with bold flavors, check out the menu at Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Qdoba Mexican Grill's complimentary wifi.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Qdoba Mexican Grill's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Or, take your food to go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Qdoba Mexican Grill cater for you.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Save some cash on a tasty meal when you dine at Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Qdoba Mexican Grill dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
So come to Qdoba Mexican Grill, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
For a fun evening out, Qdoba Mexican Grill 's Mexican food will have you begging for more!
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Corky's Bar-B-Q in Brentwood.
Corky's Bar-B-Q has the largest selection of vegan fare in the area.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Corky's Bar-B-Q for a group meal.
Wifi access is totally free at Corky's Bar-B-Q, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Corky's Bar-B-Q offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
This restaurant serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Corky's Bar-B-Q and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Corky's Bar-B-Q is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Corky's Bar-B-Q.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Corky's Bar-B-Q since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Corky's Bar-B-Q, a delicious answer to the question, "Where are we going for dinner?".
Just remember to swing by Corky's Bar-B-Q next time you're dreaming about smoked brisket or a side of slaw. Barbecue at its best is well within reach.
Shop at Publix in Brentwood and stock your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator with fresh and flavor-filled grocery items.
Making over your bathroom is super simple with the cute and affordable furniture selection.
A rocking bench? A table for six? Whatever outdoor and patio furniture you're looking for, this store has just what you're looking for.
You'll be the most popular one at the office when you replace old furniture with some of the trendiest offerings at store.
Your new and trendy bedroom furniture set is waiting for you. Come browse a variety of options, such as bedroom furniture, and go home with a new bedroom set.
Next time you're in need for a living room update, the choices at this place are endless for that very purpose. With such options like living room furniture, you'll definitely be happy you came.
Treat yourself to artwork at its finest when you purchase a painting, drawing, or sculpture from here.
Brighten up your walls with the great pieces here including curtains and mirrors.
Items like rugs, throw pillows, and vases will provide your home with that much-needed flair, so get to decorating.
Park your car in one of their many available spaces.
Publix offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Cooking is a great way to unwind after a long day so pick up some groceries from Publix in Brentwood and cook up a tasty and healthy meal.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Local Taco say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Local Taco is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Access the Internet free of charge via Local Taco's complimentary wifi.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Local Taco's gorgeous patio.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Local Taco — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the restaurant.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Local Taco for their catering services.
Parking has never been easier at Local Taco, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
A mid-priced establishment, Local Taco offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
So head to Local Taco, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
Local Taco is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
Everyone around town knows there's simply no better Mexican restaurant around than Local Taco.
Sit down to some Thai-infused deliciousness at Jasmine Thai Food, and add yet another sparkling review to the lengthy list of compliments.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Jasmine Thai Food.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Jasmine Thai Food is come-as-you-are.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Jasmine Thai Food also offers catering.
Jasmine Thai Food is just steps away from a parking lot.
Your bill at Jasmine Thai Food will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
At Jasmine Thai Food, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
When you're ready to take your Thai fare up a notch, the all-star menu at Jasmine Thai Food is waiting.
So swing by Jasmine Thai Food for some quick Thai flavor and find out what all the hype is about.
Thai food makes for a delicious weekend meal, and you won't find much better than Jasmine Thai Food.
Order up your favorite Thai creation at Jasmine Thai Food. You won't be disappointed.
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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