For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
When you're looking for dinnertime shortcuts, Sandellas Flatbread Cafe provides an eclectic assortment of canned foods to make the most of your time while keeping you nourished.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Sandellas Flatbread Cafe.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
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.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Sandellas Flatbread Cafe and cure your hunger pains.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Don't let the amazing deals at this place pass you by. When you stop in today, you'll be able to browse an absolutely fabulous selection of vinegar and oil that can mean transformative changes to your cuisine.
Sandellas Flatbread Cafe offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Sandellas Flatbread Cafe has all of your pasta necessities.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
For that late night at the office or a last-minute change of plans, this frozen food is both scrumptious and convenient for your schedule.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
You won't need to plan ahead for parking when you travel to Sandellas Flatbread Cafe.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C in Fairfax will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
Save your cheat day for another day and enjoy healthy and low-fat meal options at Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C's great happy hour.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C can seat both large and small groups.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C.
For comfortable outdoor service, Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C sets up a seasonal patio.
Between the music and the crowds, Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C's noise levels can be intense.
Weeknights are often swamped, so plan ahead and make a reservation to avoid the restaurant's rush.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C to your next party or event.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Driving to Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
At Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C.
Glory Days Grill of Fairfax, L.C serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro, a local French restaurant, features a trendy decor and well-plated dishes.
Come to P. F. Chang's China Bistro where you can be gluten-free and not miss an ounce of deliciousness.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
Prices at P. F. Chang's China Bistro typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
For first-class French fare with a hip twist, the recipes at P. F. Chang's China Bistro will keep you coming back for more.
Truly tasty French cuisine is well within reach. Come and taste the highly-acclaimed fare at P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
So when you are looking for a great restaurant with a French twist, remember the highly-rated P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro takes Chinese cuisine to the next level. Stop by today and indulge in an upscale meal.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro serves up traditional and innovative Chinese fare, so head on over today and check out the menu options.
Whether you like it rare or well-done, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is a burger spot that won't disappoint.
Guess what? Red Robin Gourmet Burgers serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this burger joint has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this burger joint, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this burger joint.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Red Robin Gourmet Burgers encourages less-than-fancy attire.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the burger joint also serves up grub to go.
Drive to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and find parking in the area.
For those who travel by bike, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers offers bike racks for diners.
Your tab at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will generally run you about $30 per person.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
For the best burgers in town, the choice is easy. Just head on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Take it easy with a burger at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers takes burgers to a whole new level. Stop by today and try one of the tasty signature offerings.
Score your next slice at Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street — this Fairfax joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street for their catering services.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
At Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
What's the best kept secret around? It's how Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street keeps their food reasonably priced without sacrificing taste.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come taste the pizza at Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Paisano's Pizza Fairfax 10330 Main Street.
Fans of Tony's New York Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Chantilly hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Eating right doesn't have to be hard. Head to Tony's New York Pizza for a healthy or gluten-free meal.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Tony's New York Pizza.
The large dining space at Tony's New York Pizza provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Tony's New York Pizza, known for its laid-back ambience.
Want to enjoy this pizzeria without the wait? Get it to go.
Catering services are also available.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Tony's New York Pizza, a local restaurant.
Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Tony's New York Pizza for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Tony's New York Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Tony's New York Pizza, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So head on over to Tony's New York Pizza, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
A tasty pizza form Tony's New York Pizza is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
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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