Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
At Wawa Food Market, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
More often than not, their patrons leave with the best, delicious meats the city has to offer.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
If you're just getting into cooking, pick up some oil and vinegar from here and learn the basics of cooking with these necessities.
If you're looking for a quick and tasty side dish to go with your meal, check out these great canned food items.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Wawa Food Market.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Wawa Food Market and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
A sandwich playground, aka deli, can make for the perfect meal. Don't let your next playground experience go without this deli item.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
At Wawa Food Market, you can stock up on all of your favorite sandwiches for your work week.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Wawa Food Market.
Make use of the ample parking near Wawa Food Market.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
Grab this pizzeria's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Catering services are also available.
Drive to Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering and find parking in the area.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering.
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 Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering.
Just because Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
So head on over to Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Vitarelli's Restaurant and Catering and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Cheesecake Factory, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Cheesecake Factory is serving up healthy meals packed with flavor.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Cheesecake Factory offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Cheesecake Factory wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Cheesecake Factory offers catering.
Many diners choose to drive to Cheesecake Factory, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Cheesecake Factory is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Cheesecake Factory's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Cheesecake Factory.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Cheesecake Factory is all about.
Sal Vito Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Sal Vito Pizza knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Sal Vito Pizza.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Sal Vito Pizza is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Sal Vito Pizza's diners.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Sal Vito Pizza is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Sal Vito Pizza serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So come taste the pizza at Sal Vito Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Sal Vito Pizza. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Sal Vito Pizza.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Sal Vito Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Munch on tasty pub grub at P J Whelihan's Pub in Greentree.
P J Whelihan's Pub is serving up delicious dishes that are, as an added bonus, also healthy.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at P J Whelihan's Pub.
At P J Whelihan's Pub, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Sit outside at P J Whelihan's Pub and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
In the mood for dinner and dancing? Live music is common at the restaurant, and diners are encouraged to show off their moves.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Keep it casual at P J Whelihan's Pub — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to P J Whelihan's Pub.
The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15.
You can stop by at almost any time, since P J Whelihan's Pub offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For simply amazing pub food, P J Whelihan's Pub has all of your favorites to continuously satisfy your hunger.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), A Little Thai Kitchen serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
Vegans love the healthy fare at A Little Thai Kitchen.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
You can also grab your food to go.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from A Little Thai Kitchen to create the perfect night.
A Little Thai Kitchen is just steps away from a parking lot.
Cyclists are in luck. A Little Thai Kitchen provides bike parking.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to A Little Thai Kitchen for a great bite.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at A Little Thai Kitchen and taste test your way through the menu.
Come enjoy what some say is the greatest Thai food in Cherry Hill at A Little Thai Kitchen.
So if you're a curry fanatic or peanut sauce lover, A Little Thai Kitchen takes casual Thai to the next level.
The flavorful and delicious Thai food at A Little Thai Kitchen will make for a unique option for dinner.
The tastes and flavors of Thailand are waiting for you at A Little Thai Kitchen, so head on over today and check out the great menu.
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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