Craving a late-night snack? Treat yourself to a canned good from Teloloapan Meat Market and Taqueria and satisfy your craving.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
Two of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, you can never have enough oil and vinegar (so stock up!).
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Teloloapan Meat Market and Taqueria for all your protein and calcium needs.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
The frozen food offered here is so delicious you won't even be able to tell it wasn't home-cooked.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Teloloapan Meat Market and Taqueria and sip your way to happiness.
Don't settle for bland meals. Add some pizzazz to your food with an extensive selection of seasonings and spices.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Teloloapan Meat Market and Taqueria.
Pick up some noodles from Teloloapan Meat Market and Taqueria and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
There is ample parking located within the area, making your parking spot hunting quick and stress-free.
Fresh fare can be found at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, you can surf the web and get some work done.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill's al fresco patio seating.
At Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, which embraces a casual vibe.
Catering services are also available.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
With a parking lot adjacent to Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Your bill at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill will rarely go over $15, so you can really indulge!
The menu at Snapper Jacks Seafood and Grill includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Paul Bellow Jr. knows crawfish. For the past 32 years, the seasoned chef has been perfecting crawfish-cooking styles at his own restaurants, developing his recipe's signature blend of flavor and spice. To gauge the tastes of his diners, every year during crawfish season, Paul drives his trailer across town to conduct crawfish and shrimp boils for various special events.
At Cypress Station Grill—his latest restaurant conception—Paul pours the lessons of years of cooking into a menu of Cajun and American specialties. Live shipments of the plump crustaceans arrive at the kitchen during crawfish season, which Paul and his kitchen staff simmer and serve by the pound. As pots bubble with crawfish and shrimp, the kitchen crew grills thick steaks, fries seafood dishes, and weaves toupees out of hearty pastas. Behind the bar, mixters and mixtesses dole out colorful specialty cocktails, beer, and wine.
Housed in the historic Cypress Station building, the restaurant's towering ceilings and hardwood rafters still retain the grandeur of the former bustling railway hub. Hanging lanterns beam down on rows of wooden tabletops, and a towering outdoor brick fireplace crackles amid the two expansive outdoor patios. A separate game room keeps youngsters occupied, giving parents breaks from their kids' ceaseless rants about tax reform.
Meat-eaters in Cypress will fall in love with Carl's Bar-B-Que — this barbecue joint is a tasty destination for Northwest Harris residents.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Carl's Bar-B-Que.
Whether you have a large or small group, Carl's Bar-B-Que can accommodate both.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Carl's Bar-B-Que, where dress code calls for business casual.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Carl's Bar-B-Que will ensure that it is delicious.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Carl's Bar-B-Que.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Carl's Bar-B-Que.
Carl's Bar-B-Que serves up meals for the prices you deserve. All under $15.
So what are you waiting for? Head to Carl's Bar-B-Que and chow down on some amazing barbecue dishes.
It's always a party at Rudy's Grill and Cantina, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Rudy's Grill and Cantina offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Warm weather brings out Rudy's Grill and Cantina's highly coveted patio seating.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
That's right! Rudy's Grill and Cantina will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Rudy's Grill and Cantina.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Rudy's Grill and Cantina.
So switch up your normal lunch or dinner routine and try one of Rudy's Grill and Cantina's tasty Mexican dishes.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Wood Fired Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
The chefs at Wood Fired Pizza know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
For the tastes of Wood Fired Pizza from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
At Wood Fired Pizza, you can safely park just around the corner.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the pizzeria offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
So come taste the pizza at Wood Fired Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
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 Wood Fired Pizza.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Wood Fired Pizza.
There's no doubt about it. Wood Fired Pizza out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
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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