MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a local favorite that not only serves excellent, fully-customizable burgers, but also reminds you what exceptional Guest service looks and feels like. (In case you forgot, it feels pretty darn good.) The menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters, and is inclusive to most dietary restrictions. Fresh toppings, high quality ingredients, and unbelievably flavorful – need we go on? This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends, or an enjoyable lunch option if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your office cubicle. Just a reminder: unlike MOOYAH, your cubicle doesn’t have a giant MOODLE DOODLE board that you can release your inner Picasso on.
Sip on an ice-cold beverage, while your burger sizzles on the grill. Sink your teeth into their fresh-baked buns, and savor each and every delectable fry. Seal the deal with a hand-spun, 100% real ice cream shake – the closest you’ll ever come to heaven on Earth. Tickle your taste buds, and stir your senses at MOOYAH – where every Guest is not only important, but a part of the family.
When you shop at La Milpa Tortilla Factory in El Paso, you're not just getting a great grocery store. You're enjoying a grocery store that prioritizes your comfort and emphasizes customer service to make this among the best places to shop around.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, La Milpa Tortilla Factory has all of your pasta necessities.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
You'll definitely want to make sure you're well stocked for any potential emergencies by browsing through La Milpa Tortilla Factory's great selection of canned foods.
More often than not, their patrons leave with the best, delicious meats the city has to offer.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
La Milpa Tortilla Factory makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Pick up a loaf of bread from La Milpa Tortilla Factory and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
You can keep your car safe during your shopping visit when you opt to park at one of the nearby options.
When you're in need of a quick grocery stop, visit La Milpa Tortilla Factory in El Paso and be in and out in a flash.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Carnitas Queretaro say that the best Mexican fare is found at this Lambka Park eatery, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Carnitas Queretaro, where business casual attire is standard.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Throwing a big party? Count on Carnitas Queretaro to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Carnitas Queretaro patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the North Mesa Street location.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
There's no need to spend a fortune on a delicious meal at Carnitas Queretaro — most prices are under $15.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
The menu at Carnitas Queretaro includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Carnitas Queretaro.
Pay Carnitas Queretaro a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Carnitas Queretaro for a tasty Mexican meal.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at Ripe Eatery and Market.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Ripe Eatery and Market's al fresco patio seating.
Wifi is on the house at Ripe Eatery and Market, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Ripe Eatery and Market.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Ripe Eatery and Market, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Through their catering service, Ripe Eatery and Market can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
At Ripe Eatery and Market, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Ripe Eatery and Market also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Ripe Eatery and Market.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Ripe Eatery and Market.
So head on over to Ripe Eatery and Market and enjoy some delicious and trendy American classics.
A relaxed establishment serving filling Mexican fare, Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys' tacos, burritos, tamales and more will certainly appease your appetite.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
On warmer days, take advantage of Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys' outdoor seating.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Comfort is prioritized at Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
You can also serve food from Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
At Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Commute by bike to Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys and find easy bike parking.
Eat your way through the day at Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys for a casual Mexican meal.
So take a walk on the wild side and discover the flavors and trends of Mexico at Los Bandidos De Carlos-Mickeys.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Chicago Street Food — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Chicago Street Food can seat both large and small groups.
Folks tend to dress down at Chicago Street Food, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Chicago Street Food also offers catering.
Just through the door at this pizzeria, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
At Chicago Street Food, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
The 21st-century is here at Chicago Street Food. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Chicago Street Food.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Chicago Street Food come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Chicago Street Food, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Chicago Street Food.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Chicago Street Food has you covered.
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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