Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
At Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
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The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Prices at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Margarita's Mexican Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant is the place to be.
You can explore a new and innovative side of Mexican cuisine when you opt to dine at the highly-rated Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Joe's Pizza and Pasta, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Enjoy Italian at its best and choose from specialty pastas and pizzas just the way you like them.
The menu at Joe's Pizza and Pasta is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Joe's Pizza and Pasta for easy seating.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Joe's Pizza and Pasta.
That's right! Joe's Pizza and Pasta will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
No time to sit down? No worries! This pizzeria offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the pizzeria is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Joe's Pizza and Pasta. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Joe's Pizza and Pasta for a tasty pizza pie.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Joe's Pizza and Pasta. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So head on over to Joe's Pizza and Pasta, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Joe's Pizza and Pasta?
Go beyond just beans and rice at Conroe's El Bosque Mexican Restaurant, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at El Bosque Mexican Restaurant, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
El Bosque Mexican Restaurant's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Catering from El Bosque Mexican Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
Forget circling the block, El Bosque Mexican Restaurant has plenty of nearby parking options.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of El Bosque Mexican Restaurant.
Planning a night out? Check out the affordable food and beverage menu at El Bosque Mexican Restaurant.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as El Bosque Mexican Restaurant serves three meals a day.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated El Bosque Mexican Restaurant.
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So treat yourself to a variety of tasty Mexican dishes at El Bosque Mexican Restaurant and cure your hunger cravings.
For top-of-the-line taste with a trendy twist, Chi Japanese Cuisine's exceptional sushi rolls are considered a must-try by fans and foodies in the Oak Ridge North neighborhood.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this sushi spot has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Bring the whole clan to this sushi spot — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
The dress code at Chi Japanese Cuisine is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
That's right! Chi Japanese Cuisine will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Or, take your grub to go.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Chi Japanese Cuisine, a local restaurant.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Chi Japanese Cuisine.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Chi Japanese Cuisine, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You haven't had sushi until you've been to Chi Japanese Cuisine. Come find out why everyone is talking about this super hot spot!
Move beyond what you know with an evening of trendy sushi at Chi Japanese Cuisine.
Chi Japanese Cuisine is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Conroe.
So head to Chi Japanese Cuisine and experience the creative, delicious world of sushi.
Chi Japanese Cuisine's Japanese restaurant is simply divine, and you'll always leave satisfied. It's practically guaranteed!
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant, known for its laid-back ambience.
Catering from Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
Or, take your food to go.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
So head to Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant.
When you have a craving for some ethnic Mexican fare, make your way over to Mama Juanita's Mexican Restaurant and indulge in an array of eats.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Conroe's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Buffalo Wild Wings, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to Buffalo Wild Wings' happy hour.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Buffalo Wild Wings diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Buffalo Wild Wings offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Large groups will appreciate Buffalo Wild Wings for its ability to seat them quickly.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
With so many tasty low-cost options on Buffalo Wild Wings' menu, dining out has never been such a bargain.
Don't be afraid to get messy with the wings at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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.
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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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