What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Broken Oar Marina.
The chefs at Broken Oar Marina know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Broken Oar Marina is fully loaded with TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Got kids? No problem at Broken Oar Marina! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Whether you have a large or small group, Broken Oar Marina can accommodate both.
Broken Oar Marina's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this restaurant, so it's best to save conversation for another location.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Broken Oar Marina.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Broken Oar Marina.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Broken Oar Marina.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Broken Oar Marina — they're open for all three meals.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Broken Oar Marina is the place for you.
Swing by Broken Oar Marina today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
So head on over to the highly-rated Broken Oar Marina for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
If you're searching for a quick and casual spot to grab some pizza, look no further than local favorite Galati's Pizza and Pasta.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Galati's Pizza and Pasta. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
For your next big bash, consider hosting at Galati's Pizza and Pasta, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot.
The pizzeria takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Galati's Pizza and Pasta is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Galati's Pizza and Pasta patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Jandus Rd location.
Galati's Pizza and Pasta 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 Galati's Pizza and Pasta.
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's Galati's Pizza and Pasta.
Treat your sweetie to something special and enjoy a romantic dinner at Mirani's French restaurant.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Mirani's, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Book a private room at Mirani's and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
On warmer days, take advantage of Mirani's' outdoor seating.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Mirani's will ensure that it is delicious.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
At Mirani's, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Feel the romantic heat when sharing a table with your paramour and the fine French cuisine of Mirani's' fabulous chefs.
For French food too good to be true, eat your way through the sky-high ratings at Mirani's.
Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in awhile. Pay Mirani's a visit today and indulge in a classic French dish.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Coleman's in The Park for all of your favorite American dishes.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Coleman's in The Park offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Coleman's in The Park.
You can also grab your food to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Coleman's in The Park to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Coleman's in The Park.
Deep pockets not required! Coleman's in The Park takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Coleman's in The Park.
Coleman's in The Park serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Get your Chinese food with a five-star rating at New China.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
The large dining space at New China provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back New China is ultra casual.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the restaurant's take-out and delivery options.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
No matter what you choose off the menu at New China, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
New China has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
So pay New China a visit today and treat yourself to come upscale Chinese fare.
So stop in at New China and treat your taste buds to a delicious trip to China.
Make your next meal a pizza party! Jimano's in Fox River Grove's Fox River Grove neighborhood is a tasty departure from your weekday routine.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Jimano's' gluten-free or low-fat items.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Jimano's.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Jimano's also offers catering.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Jimano's.
What's the best kept secret around? It's how Jimano's keeps their food reasonably priced without sacrificing taste.
Head on over to Jimano's first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Jimano's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Jimano's.
So pay the highly-rated Jimano's a visit today and enjoy some tasty and classic Italian dishes.
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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