Traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Red Estilo Mex takes your favorite dishes from the heart of Mexico and prepares them to perfection. Everything is made fresh, and never frozen. Your dining experience is focused on the perfect entree and everything we do is designed to enhance and compliment your dining experience.
Red Estilo Mex is the brainchild of Chef Michael Brinkin, or Chef as he is known to his friends and family. Chef comes from a multi-generational culinary family and serves his talent and passion every day. He is professionally trained in the traditional culinary arts, and has worked in restaurant food production and development, catering, resort food production and service as well as correctional institution food production and management. Chef draws from his array of experience in developing culinary concepts that center on traditional, quality food products that go the extra mile to wow the consumer while maintaining an accessible price point.
Red Estilo Mex Opened it's doors in historic downtown Casa Grande in January of 2015. Part of the Big House family of restaurants, Red Estilo Mex brings a new flavor to downtown. We are actively involved in the community and love being a part of downtown Casa Grande!
Come taste what Bedillon's is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Bedillon's, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Bedillon's' beautiful outdoor seating area.
Bedillon's goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Bedillon's.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Bedillon's.
So when you just need a place to go, Bedillon's is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Casa Grande.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Bedillon's.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Cafe De Manuel / Manuels for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Cafe De Manuel / Manuels' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Cafe De Manuel / Manuels is a great location to host a group dinner.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Cafe De Manuel / Manuels' gorgeous patio.
Cafe De Manuel / Manuels prides itself in its delicious catering.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Cafe De Manuel / Manuels.
Cafe De Manuel / Manuels' mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Cafe De Manuel / Manuels for lunch or dinner.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Cafe De Manuel / Manuels.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, Cafe De Manuel / Manuels has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
If you haven't been to McMashers, now is a great time to enjoy the well-known restaurant. It's a local favorite for visitors looking for fantastic service and an outstanding meal.
If you're trying to plan ahead, most patrons will be quick to point out that later in the week (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) will be the best time to visit. Also, you'll definitely want to take advantage of its outdoor seating when you feel like soaking in some of that Arizona sun. It should be noted that casual attire is encouraged. Also, if you're in the mood for tunes, it's a great option for live music.
If you're looking for the perfect spot for a get-together between family or friends, it's been reviewed as a great local option for both big groups and families with kids. WiFi is offered for those who'd like to get connected. If you're looking for the perfect spot to unwind after work, it's got a phenomenal happy hour and a pretty stout selection behind the bar.
A good option for dinner, making a trip to McMashers is never a bad call. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Prefer to pedal your way there? Bicycle parking is also provided.
Go beyond just beans and rice at Mi Amigo Ricardo, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Call Mi Amigo Ricardo for catering if you have a big event coming up.
The parking lot near Mi Amigo Ricardo will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Mi Amigo Ricardo.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Mi Amigo Ricardo s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Mi Amigo Ricardo is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Mi Amigo Ricardo.
For a fun evening out, Mi Amigo Ricardo 's Mexican food will have you begging for more!
So treat yourself to something new for lunch or dinner and taste the trends of Mexico at Mi Amigo Ricardo.
Take a trip to Big House Cafe in Casa Grande and make your next meal a good one.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Big House Cafe is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Big House Cafe, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Big House Cafe and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Casual dining at its best, Big House Cafe customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Big House Cafe for catering.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Big House Cafe's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Big House Cafe is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
With so many tasty low-cost options on Big House Cafe's menu, dining out has never been such a bargain.
Big House Cafe offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
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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