For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Cornerstone Grill for American-style cuisine.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Perfect for after-work outings, Cornerstone Grill's happy hour is hard to beat.
At Cornerstone Grill, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Cornerstone Grill.
Those up for moving and grooving can take a turn on the dance floor.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Cornerstone Grill patrons come in casual attire.
Cornerstone Grill can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Cornerstone Grill, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
At Cornerstone Grill, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Cornerstone Grill since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Cornerstone Grill and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So round up your friends and head over to Cornerstone Grill for a casual American meal.
For wings with a ton of zest, College Park's Buffalo Wild Wings has got you covered.
Vegans will be happy to see a wide array of meal options at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Got kids? No problem at Buffalo Wild Wings! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Buffalo Wild Wings with their charming outdoor seating.
Free wifi is available as well.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Buffalo Wild Wings, where dress code calls for business casual.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Buffalo Wild Wings.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Buffalo Wild Wings s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Buffalo Wild Wings has more than just wings, but you may not need much else!
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Mama Lucia's' loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Mama Lucia's for a group meal.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Mama Lucia's patrons come in casual attire.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Catering services are also available.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Mama Lucia's.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Mama Lucia's, so plan your budget accordingly.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Mama Lucia's, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Mama Lucia's come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
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 Mama Lucia's.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Mama Lucia's a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Mama Lucia's?
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Applebee's for all of your favorite American dishes.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Applebee's, known for its laid-back ambience.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Applebee's' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Deep pockets not required! Applebee's takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Applebee's happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Applebee's dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Applebee's is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Applebee's.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Applebee's and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Pizza Roma — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
This pizzeria is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
No need to dress up for a trip to Pizza Roma — the casual pizzeria encourages laid-back attire.
Catering services are also available.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Cyclists are in luck. Pizza Roma provides bike parking.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Pizza Roma offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Pizza Roma's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Pizza Roma (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Pizza Roma serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay Pizza Roma a visit.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Chipotle Mexican Grill, an excellent Mexican spot in Beltsville revered by fans as one of the best.
It's simple to treat your body well when you dine at Chipotle Mexican Grill, where gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan dishes are listed throughout the menu.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Parking is always free and easy when you dine at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Chipotle Mexican Grill offers safe bike parking outside.
Come to Chipotle Mexican Grill for a satisfying meal that won't break the bank.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Come on over to Chipotle Mexican Grill and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
Chipotle Mexican Grill cooks up Mexican food so great you'll be craving much, much more!
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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