Try stopping at Boardwalk Cafe in Dunkirk to take care of your grocery needs. With well-stocked aisles and various specialty goods, you'll love shopping there.
For a cheaper, more convenient alternative, you'll want to shop the canned foods at Boardwalk Cafe. You won't even be able to tell the difference.
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Boardwalk Cafe? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Boardwalk Cafe has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
A healthy and light snack from Boardwalk Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Boardwalk Cafe.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Boardwalk Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Who has time to cook anymore? That's why there are frozen foods available here to help you keep pace with your career and family.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Get your noodle on! Boardwalk Cafe has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
You'll be able to travel by car when visiting Boardwalk Cafe because of amazing nearby parking spaces.
Dunkirk certainly does have the best grocery store around at Boardwalk Cafe.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Applebee's.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Applebee's.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
No need to dress up for a trip to Applebee's — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
The parking options near Applebee's are quick and painless.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Applebee's — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
Don't look any further, head to Applebee's for your next American meal.
Cave's Food Center's grocery store offers a clean, well-designed layout so that you can shop more quickly. Customers definitely prefer this store in Forestville.
Cave's Food Center boasts the highest quality canned foods in the area with their terrific selection. You'll never want to purchase any other kind of food again.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Cave's Food Center serves up the best slices of pizza pie for the whole family at their terrific location.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Cave's Food Center.
Buy the basics or try a new recipe. Find everything your kitchen requires at Cave's Food Center in Forestville.
Pop over to Campi's Pizza in Dunkirk for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Campi's Pizza for easy seating.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Campi's Pizza to grab a spot on the patio.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Campi's Pizza cater for you.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Campi's Pizza is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Your tab at Campi's Pizza will generally run you about $30 per person.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Campi's Pizza is at the top of the list.
Campi's Pizza truly is the best pizza place for your dollar in the area.
Have a relaxed night out at El Azteca Restaurant, a local restaurant with homemade Mexican fare.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
With meters and potential tickets, you'll thank us for our onsite parking!
At El Azteca Restaurant, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
El Azteca Restaurant knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
El Azteca Restaurant is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
El Azteca Restaurant features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
Need a taco fix in a hurry? Taco Bell will fill your belly pronto (and keep your wallet happy too).
Sometimes there really is something for everyone, and not just something, something delicious. Come to Taco Bell for food that is gluten-free, low-fat, and even vegan.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Taco Bell since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Even when it comes to fast food, you shouldn't settle. Try Taco Bell's Mexican food the next time you need it.
When you're on-the-go and need to grab something quick to eat, make your way over to the highly-rated Taco Bell.
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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