The next time you're in Clearwater, you'll definitely want to make it a priority to shop the aisles at C J's Cafe's fantastic grocery store.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by C J's Cafe and pick up some fresh noodles.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
You'll love the selection of coffee and teas at C J's Cafe, decaffeinated options available, too!
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
Stock up on tasty canned goods from C J's Cafe and quickly pull together last-minute dinner ideas.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from C J's Cafe.
Every chef needs a break from the heat, so enjoy a frozen dinner without lifting a finger.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from C J's Cafe.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
A healthy and light snack from C J's Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Who has time to cook anymore? That's why there are frozen foods available here to help you keep pace with your career and family.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
C J's Cafe is close to multiple parking options.
So when you're making your weekly grocery trip, make sure to stop by C J's Cafe in Clearwater for everything that you need.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza served in the heart of Clearwater will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Access the Internet free of charge via Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's complimentary wifi.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.
At Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this pizzeria, though, as it can get quite loud.
Dog-owners can bring their pups with them to this canine-friendly establishment.
Show up a bit early if you want to be seated right away — Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza doesn't take reservations.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this pizzeria.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Meals at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Everyone's talking about Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So grab a group of friends and head to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza to make that amazing pie a reality.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Queen's Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Queen's Pizza, a local favorite.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
Queen's Pizza is ready to help you throw the dinner party of your dreams!
Get online gratis thanks to Queen's Pizza's complimentary wifi.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the pizzeria accepts reservations.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Queen's Pizza is all about comfort.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Queen's Pizza to your next party or event.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
At Queen's Pizza, free parking is offered on the whole block.
Bike parking is also available outside the pizzeria.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Queen's Pizza, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Everyone's talking about Queen's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Queen's Pizza. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Queen's Pizza.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Queen's Pizza has you covered.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Queen's Pizza!
Give your dining routine the Italian boot! Try the fabulously authentic dishes at Queen's Pizza today.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
Folks tend to dress down at Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill for catering.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
At Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
So when you just need a place to go, Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Clearwater.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Crabby's Beachwalk Bar and Grill.
Fans of Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this pizzeria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
At Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Your large group can all sit together at Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros.
Casual dining at its best, Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Catering services are also available.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros.
Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros.
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 Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Boardwalk Pizza and Gyros and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Lenny's Restaurant: A User's Guide
Quirky, baseball-themed diner known for its giant portions of down-home fare with a deli-style twist.
To start: complimentary danish basket
For breakfast: french toast made with imported french bread and almonds
For lunch: Hankie's Triple Threat—three half-reubens: one corned beef, one pastrami, and one turkey
When to Go: Arrive early. You can get breakfast any time of day, but expect to wait in line unless you're up before the sun.
While You're Waiting
Admire the baseball-centric decor—the bleacher seating out front, the baseball bats and quotes on the ceiling, and the pennants and jerseys along the walls.
Scan the menu: it rewards close reading with jokes sprinkled throughout.
While You're in the Neighborhood
After breakfast: During spring training, you can watch the Phillies warm up at Carpenter Complex (651 N. Old Coachman Road). They usually appear around 9 a.m., giving fans a free glimpse of the team in action and a chance to get a few autographs.
After lunch: Catch even more Phillies action at Bright House Field (601 Old Coachman Road), where they play all their spring training games.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Yanny's (1258 S. Highland Avenue), another local favorite for diner-style grub with a name that's conspicuously similar to Lenny's.
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:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
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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