All of the grocery items at Greco's Deli in Bridgeton are budget-friendly and fresh, providing you with great products and prices.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Greco's Deli.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Greco's Deli will be tasty no matter what.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
Greco's Deli serves up great food items, such as sandwiches and salads, at an affordable price.
For that late night at the office or a last-minute change of plans, this frozen food is both scrumptious and convenient for your schedule.
You'll find a wide variety of canned food, among other necessities here.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Get your grill fired up and grab your tongs! The meat here is perfect for the grill any time of year.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Greco's Deli.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Greco's Deli will certainly come in hand.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Greco's Deli and slurp your way to happiness.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
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.
Greco's Deli offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
Luckily, Greco's Deli is only a short walk away from available parking.
Check off each and every grocery item on your list when you shop at Bridgeton's Greco's Deli.
The Golden Pigeon Original encourages customers to feel right at home with its down-to-earth grub and warm diner ambiance.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
The Golden Pigeon Original is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at The Golden Pigeon Original, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Drivers will find parking not far from the restaurant.
Eat your way through the day at The Golden Pigeon Original — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So sit back and relax with a delicious meal at The Golden Pigeon Original, your casual neighborhood diner.
The Golden Pigeon Original serves up innovative and classic diner eats, so swing by today and satisfy your hunger.
Visit Green Olive Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Bridgeton's Hopewell.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Green Olive Restaurant is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Green Olive Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
The parking lot near Green Olive Restaurant will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Green Olive Restaurant accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Three meals a day are served at Green Olive Restaurant, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Green Olive Restaurant has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Green Olive Restaurant and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Big John's Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this pizzeria, though, as it can get quite loud.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Big John's Pizza, known for its laid-back ambience.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Enjoy the quick and painless street parking at Big John's Pizza.
Big John's Pizza is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Big John's Pizza is a cash-only venue, so patrons are encouraged to order responsibly.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Big John's Pizza.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Big John's Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
For food in a flash, head to McDonald's in Bridgeton's Bridgeton district.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with McDonald's' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, McDonald's can seat both large and small groups.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at McDonald's with their complimentary wifi.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near McDonald's.
A meal so cheap, you can almost pay for it with coins, McDonald's largely serves dishes under the $15 mark.
Head on over to McDonald's first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — McDonald's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
For a deliciously quick bite to eat, be sure to stop by McDonald's.
Tony's Pizza and Pasta's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Warm weather brings out Tony's Pizza and Pasta's highly coveted patio seating.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the pizzeria.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Tony's Pizza and Pasta. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Tony's Pizza and Pasta for a tasty pizza pie.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Tony's Pizza and Pasta to help you out.
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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