Order a cheeseburger or just stick with a side of fries at go-to burger house Calamity Janes.
For those who prefer a healthier lifestyle, Calamity Janes showers their menu with food that's low in fat, gluten-free, and vegan.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this burger joint — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Sit outside at Calamity Janes and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Your group can sit comfortably at Calamity Janes, a local restaurant.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Calamity Janes' business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Throwing a big party? Count on Calamity Janes to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the burger joint also serves up grub to go.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Calamity Janes' diners.
Calamity Janes' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Next time you're in the mood for a tasty burger, be sure to stop in at Calamity Janes.
Quick and delicious, Calamity Janes is the place to go for a good meal and a great burger.
When you come to Calamity Janes, you'll eat your heart out with one of their terrifically amazing burgers.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our beef is all natural and all burgers come with a 1/3 lb patty.
We have a dedicated gluten free deep fryer for our Halibut Fish & Chips, chicken strips, & fries.
Gluten free homemade soup & chowder daily.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Gluten Free Halibut fish & chips.
We use a gluten free beer batter for our Halibut fish & chips.
So good you would never know that they are Gluten Free!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
As a person with Celiacs I wanted to offer our customers what I myself wanted in a restaurant.
I have gotten sick at restaurants many times because of cross contamination.
I wanted a safe place for people with Celiacs or Gluten Intolerance
to dine & enjoy the full menu without limitations.
What do you love most about your job?
The Trout Pub was established in 1986.
Some of our customers have been here since the beginning.
We all love coming to a place of work where we actually know our customers by name.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), Thai Home Restaurant serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
The menu at Thai Home Restaurant also includes a number of healthy options, including some vegan dishes.
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.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Thai Home Restaurant.
Thai Home Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Come enjoy what some say is the greatest Thai food in Sandy at Thai Home Restaurant.
For Thai that steps up to the plate in an oh-so-casual setting, Thai Home Restaurant is where you want to be.
So keep it casual this weekend with a fabulous Thai meal at Thai Home Restaurant.
Treat yourself to a new lunch or dinner option today and enjoy a tasty Thai dish from Thai Home Restaurant.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Fearless Brewing Co., a local favorite.
Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Fearless Brewing Co.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Fearless Brewing Co. and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Fearless Brewing Co. is home to many techies who enjoy the affordable wifi.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Fearless Brewing Co.
Isn't it time to go to a pub that doesn't take their food lightly? Fearless Brewing Co. makes tasty bites that maximize the meaning of indulgence.
For fast food in Clackamas' Rock Creek neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, McDonald's has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, McDonald's can seat both large and small groups.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
We've got news: Great taste doesn't always come with a hefty price tag. For astonishingly affordable prices (and delicious dishes), treat your taste buds to McDonald's.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, McDonald's provides service throughout the day.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
Just know that McDonald's is perfect for any burger lover looking for a quick bite to eat, so be sure to swing by on your next lunch break.
When you live in the fast lane, your meals should keep up with you. Get the speedy service you deserve at McDonald's.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Carver Hangar — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
You can also grab your food to go.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
Carver Hangar makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
A meal at Carver Hangar will typically set you back about $30.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Carver Hangar, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Carver Hangar is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Carver Hangar a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
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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