You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Matt The Millers Tavern for some good home American cooking.
Matt The Millers Tavern serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Getting online is easy with Matt The Millers Tavern's free and convenient wifi.
At Matt The Millers Tavern, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Matt The Millers Tavern.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Call Matt The Millers Tavern for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Matt The Millers Tavern's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Matt The Millers Tavern.
Taste the greatness Matt The Millers Tavern is serving up with meals around $30.
Matt The Millers Tavern accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Dine in for dinner to see what the restaurant is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
When you're looking for a bite of some great American dishes, you definitely won't need to look any further than Matt The Millers Tavern.
Make your way over to Matt The Millers Tavern and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Matt The Millers Tavern.
Bon appetit! P. F. Chang's China Bistro's stellar reviews promise fine French fare everyone can enjoy.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit P. F. Chang's China Bistro — it's strictly casual.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in P. F. Chang's China Bistro for catering.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
People can't stop talking about the rich French cuisine at P. F. Chang's China Bistro, so make sure you stop by for a bite of the best.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro serves up a large selection of classic French dishes, so stop by today and enjoy a tasty meal.
What are you waiting for? Pay P. F. Chang's China Bistro a visit today and treat yourself to some upscale Chinese fare.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro has all of the right Chinese eats to make your dinner delicious.
Build your own burger at Oscar's — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Your pals with special dietary considerations — including those who avoid fat, gluten, and animal products — will still find plenty of tasty and suitable items on the menu.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Oscar's offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Oscar's when the weather is warm.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Oscar's — it's strictly casual.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
That's right! Oscar's will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Oscar's offers curbside valet parking, as well as parking in a lot next door.
Oscar's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Oscar's hits the nail on the head.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
When you're looking for a bite of some great American dishes, you definitely won't need to look any further than Oscar's.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Oscar's today.
Visit Max & Erma's for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Dublin's Dublin.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Max & Erma's, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Max & Erma's has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Max & Erma's offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Max & Erma's when the weather is warm.
Max & Erma's is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Max & Erma's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Don't spend time searching for parking — diners are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
$15 can't buy you much, but it can buy you an amazing meal at Max & Erma's.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Max & Erma'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.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Max & Erma's.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Max & Erma's today.
Calling all peanut sauce lovers! Take a look at Thai Orchid Restaurant's Thai-style menu in Olde Sawmill, and sample the highly-rated dishes everyone's buzzing about.
Thai Orchid Restaurant is a prime choice for those with special dietary needs, and the menu features low-fat, gluten-free and vegan options.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Thai Orchid Restaurant's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Catering from Thai Orchid Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Thai Orchid Restaurant.
Prices at Thai Orchid Restaurant typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
When only the best will do, treat yourself to the highly-rated Thai dishes at Thai Orchid Restaurant.
For Thai that steps up to the plate in an oh-so-casual setting, Thai Orchid Restaurant is where you want to be.
For a casual night out, try Thai at Thai Orchid Restaurant.
For traditional and innovative Thai food with endless flavor, head to Thai Orchid Restaurant.
Yogi's Bar and Grill is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Yogi's Bar and Grill's happy hour.
Your group can sit comfortably at Yogi's Bar and Grill, a local restaurant.
Get online gratis thanks to Yogi's Bar and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Yogi's Bar and Grill won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Yogi's Bar and Grill since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Yogi's Bar and Grill.
So round up your friends and head over to Yogi's Bar and Grill for a casual American meal.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Yogi's Bar and Grill.
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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