Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Carmine's Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Easy-to-please items run throughout the menu — pizza and pasta are big here — so everyone can find a familiar favorite.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Carmine's Pizza.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Carmine's Pizza is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Wifi here is on the house.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Carmine's Pizza.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Carmine's Pizza's low-key style is the perfect match.
Can't get enough of Carmine's Pizza's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Commute by bike to Carmine's Pizza and find easy bike parking.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Carmine's Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Carmine's Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Carmine's Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So grab a slice of pizza or two from Carmine's Pizza and enjoy a great lunch or dinner.
Visit Whitpain Tavern and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Whitpain Tavern allows guests to feel at home by bringing their own beverages.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Whitpain Tavern diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Skip long waits and head to Whitpain Tavern with your large group for easy seating.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Whitpain Tavern is come-as-you-are.
Whitpain Tavern is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Whitpain Tavern offers safe bike parking outside.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Whitpain Tavern for a great bite.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Whitpain Tavern also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Whitpain Tavern and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Whitpain Tavern.
Schwenksville sushi lovers will fall in love with the menu at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, a Japanese restaurant right in the heart of Skippack.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
At Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, you can bring your own beverages and enjoy tasty eats.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Tokyo Japanese Restaurant makes it easy. Book your room today.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Jeans are a no-go at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant; suits and dresses are the standard here.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Tokyo Japanese Restaurant for catering.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Tokyo Japanese Restaurant.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant.
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It's hard to make Japanese food well, but the chefs at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant somehow make their dishes to perfection.
For couples heading out on the town, Brasserie 73's dim lighting and fine French fare create the perfect date-night dinner spot in Schwenksville's Skippack area.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
With Brasserie 73's BYOB policy, you can enjoy your favorite drinks with your meal.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Brasserie 73 — just right for large and merry gatherings.
For comfortable outdoor service, Brasserie 73 sets up a seasonal patio.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
At Brasserie 73, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Catering services are also available.
Don't spend time searching for parking — visitors are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Brasserie 73 for a great bite.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When you come into Brasserie 73, you'll feel like you're having a night out on the town in Paris with wine and cheese galore!
When your stomach starts growling, head on over to Brasserie 73 and indulge in some French fare.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot in Blue Bell revered by fans as one of the best.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant offers catering.
Whether you're heading to Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant.
With so many tasty low-cost options on Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant's menu, dining out has never been such a bargain.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant is the place to be.
Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant provides diners with a unique Mexican dining experience, so head on over today and enjoy some great eats.
Parc Bistro serves up a side of romance alongside its top-rated Italian recipes, and couples call this Skippack restaurant the perfect date-night spot.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Parc Bistro has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Book a private room at Parc Bistro and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Parc Bistro's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Parc Bistro's wifi.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Be sure to throw on your finest threads before heading to Parc Bistro.
For the tastes of Parc Bistro from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to diners.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Meals at Parc Bistro are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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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