Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill.
For no extra charge, utilize Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill's free wifi.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill, known for its laid-back ambience.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill's tasty dishes at your next party.
Street and lot parking is simple near Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill.
Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
At Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill, you can pay with any major credit card.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill.
With all the spices and flavors you love, Nico's Cocina Bar and Grill is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
Jon and Carmen Pei spent years traveling the globe, visiting cafés from New York to Taiwan in search of the perfect rendition of their treasured childhood treat: bubble tea. After organizing all their recipes, tips, and ideas, the couple opened their own shop, where they whip up their own blend of innovative bubble teas, smoothies, and frozen hot chocolate.
Upon entering their colorful, brightly lit shop, guests are often greeted by Jon and Carmen themselves, who dole out free samples to first-timers, greet return customers by name, and tussle the toupees of visiting congressmen. The duo and their staff of baristas fold premium tea leaves and freshly cooked tapioca boba balls imported from Taiwan into fruity drinks. They also chop up fresh fruit for smoothies every day at the shop. Customers are invited to order from a menu of specialty drinks or choose from a variety of flavors, fruits, and mix-ins to design their own concoction. They can even add from a selection of more than 25 kinds of boba balls, which burst in the mouth with every sip. Types of boba balls include
jellies, popping boba and tapioca. And during chilly winter months, the baristas pour hot bubble tea.
Guests sip on beverages and nibble on snacks out among the tabletops of the lively seating area where they can engage in traditional games such Connect Four or competitions to fit the most straws up their nostrils.
Agave Azul is a great spot to scoop up a quick burrito.
Agave Azul features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Whether you have a large or small group, Agave Azul can accommodate both.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Agave Azul's al fresco patio seating.
Agave Azul offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Agave Azul.
At Agave Azul, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Agave Azul is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Meals at Agave Azul are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Convenience is essential at Agave Azul, and food is served from morning until night.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Agave Azul.
The Mexican eats at Agave Azul are filled with endless flavors, so come on by today and enjoy a taste of Mexico.
Whether you're in a hurry or want to linger with old friends, Fuzzy's Taco Shop Mexican restaurant is quick and casual.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Fuzzy's Taco Shop's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Fuzzy's Taco Shop.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Fuzzy's Taco Shop.
Travel by bike to Fuzzy's Taco Shop and store your bike at a nearby rack.
At Fuzzy's Taco Shop, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Fuzzy's Taco Shop is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to Fuzzy's Taco Shop.
So when you're stomach starts growling, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Mexican-style dish from Fuzzy's Taco Shop.
Now under new management and offering improved service, Russian Banya of Dallas whisks visitors from deep in the heart of Texas straight to Old-World Europe for traditional banya and sauna sessions and Russian delicacies. Upon entering the unassuming storefront, visitors receive a robe, towels, slippers, and keys for a locker and safe-deposit box, and staff members direct them toward the facility's showers. Once cleaned—which normally takes two full renditions of "Singing in the Rain"—visitors can choose to lounge in the wet heat of the wooden Russian banya, the dry heat of the wooden Finnish sauna, or the 100% humidity of the tiled steam room.
Though the staff recommends novice sauna sitters cool down naturally after their first session, they offer an invigorating 42-degree plunge pool for more experienced visitors to hop in after steaming. The staff also doles out optional venik massages that use chilled bundles of steamed birch or oak leaves to help to open pores and pump up metabolisms.
After draining themselves of sweat, toxins, and the desire to experience life as a steamed carrot, visitors can refuel with natural fruit juices and a menu of made-from-scratch Eastern-European food at the BYOB deli. The eatery serves lunch and dinner, hosts events and parties, and stages live music every other Friday and Saturday.
Chili's offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
Chili's has a large menu filled with tasty gluten-free and healthy items.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Get online gratis thanks to Chili's' complimentary wifi.
Chili's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Chili's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Chili's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
A typical meal at Chili's will set you back less than $30.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Chili's to have a bite of deliciousness.
Pay Chili's a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
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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