Visit Dunedin's The Dunedin Smokehouse for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at The Dunedin Smokehouse.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Don't miss out on the great happy hour deals at The Dunedin Smokehouse.
The Dunedin Smokehouse offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Getting online is easy with The Dunedin Smokehouse's free and convenient wifi.
The large dining space at The Dunedin Smokehouse provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at The Dunedin Smokehouse as well.
Friendly pooches can come on in at The Dunedin Smokehouse, which welcomes dogs as well as their owners.
Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack The Dunedin Smokehouse on weeknights.
No need to put on airs for a trip to The Dunedin Smokehouse — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
If you need to feed a big crowd, The Dunedin Smokehouse also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
The Dunedin Smokehouse is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
The Dunedin Smokehouse certainly does set the standard for the best barbecue in town.
So don't wait to try the slow-cooked and marinated deliciousness at The Dunedin Smokehouse. This tasty joint hits a homerun in barbecue.
Located in the Dunedin area of Dunedin, Kelly's for Just About Anything serves creperie-style items that are sure to satisfy any stomach.
Kelly's for Just About Anything works to create healthy meals with flavorful twists.
Great food plus TV equals the perfect fan meal.
Got kids? No problem at Kelly's for Just About Anything! This bar is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Sit outside at Kelly's for Just About Anything and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Kelly's for Just About Anything for a group meal.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Kelly's for Just About Anything, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Or, take your grub to go.
Those driving to Kelly's for Just About Anything can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the bar.
Kelly's for Just About Anything may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Short on cash? No problem. Kelly's for Just About Anything happily accepts all major credit cards.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the bar, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
With so many flavors wrapped up into one meal, it's no wonder the crepes at Kelly's for Just About Anything taste so divine. Come try one today!
Kick your weekend off to an amazing start with a brunch by the great team at Kelly's for Just About Anything.
No matter what your taste, see what's for breakfast at Kelly's for Just About Anything.
Dunedin's The Living Room on Main is a trendy tapas restaurant that takes small plates to the next level.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at The Living Room on Main.
Gather up your group of friends and head to The Living Room on Main, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on The Living Room on Main's free wifi.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
The Living Room on Main is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Those driving to The Living Room on Main can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to The Living Room on Main for a great bite.
The Living Room on Main happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy The Living Room on Main since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If small plates are what you're looking for, the hip vibe and tasty tapas at The Living Room on Main will put a smile on your face.
From meats to bread dishes, there's delicious flavor in every bite when you try the tapas at The Living Room on Main.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Casa Tina for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Casa Tina, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
At Casa Tina, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Casa Tina.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Keep it casual at Casa Tina, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Casa Tina's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Casa Tina.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Casa Tina, so plan your budget accordingly.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
Casa Tina offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Casa Tina.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Casa Tina is the place to be.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Casa Tina for a tasty Mexican meal.
Fresh fare can be found at Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
At Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar, you won't have trouble finding a vegan meal option.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar's full bar.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
For those driving to the restaurant, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Your tab at Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Bon Appetit Restaurant and Bar accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Umberto's of Long Island — this Dunedin pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Umberto's of Long Island, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
Umberto's of Long Island can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Umberto's of Long Island, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Between the music and the crowds, Umberto's of Long Island's noise levels can be intense.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this pizzeria.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Umberto's of Long Island offers catering.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Umberto's of Long Island.
Meals at Umberto's of Long Island are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Umberto's of Long Island, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Umberto's of Long Island.
There's no doubt about it. Umberto's of Long Island 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.
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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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