Those visiting Farmingville's Farmingville district will find cooks slinging burgers at TGI Friday's, a hearty neighborhood joint.
Health nuts will love TGI Friday's for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Bring the whole clan to this burger joint — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Gather up your group of friends and head to TGI Friday's, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at TGI Friday's, known for its laid-back ambience.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from TGI Friday's.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
TGI Friday's offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! TGI Friday's will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
At TGI Friday's, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Stop by for three square meals a day — TGI Friday's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Not all burgers are made the same. For quality and delicious flavor, check out the amazing grub at TGI Friday's.
Take it easy with a burger at TGI Friday's.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Ole Restaurant in Farmingville should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Ole Restaurant, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Ole Restaurant follows a strict formal dress code, so be sure to suit up before dining here.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Ole Restaurant for their catering services.
At Ole Restaurant, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
A visit to Ole Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Ole Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Ole Restaurant.
When you're ready for a delicious meal, pay Ole Restaurant a visit and taste the many flavors of Mexico.
Applebee's serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Farmingville's Medford district.
Applebee's is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Applebee's features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
For no extra charge, utilize Applebee's' free wifi.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
Take it nice and easy at Applebee's, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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.
Dining at Applebee's will set you back about $30 per person on average.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Applebee's for tasty American fare.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at Primo Pizza — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Primo Pizza's wifi.
Primo Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Primo Pizza is ultra casual.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Primo Pizza for catering.
This pizzeria will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Travel by bike to Primo Pizza and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Primo Pizza.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Primo Pizza, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Primo Pizza.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Primo Pizza is the place for you.
For a juicy burger in no time flat, swing by local favorite McDonald's.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
McDonald's is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at McDonald's.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
That's right! McDonald's will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Head on over to McDonald's first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — McDonald's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
So don't let a good burger pass you by. Stop by McDonald's today and try one of the signature burgers.
McDonald's serves up tasty food in a jiffy, so stop by on your way home from work today and pick up a great dinner.
For wings with a ton of zest, Farmingville's L I Wings-N-Things has got you covered.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
L I Wings-N-Things is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at L I Wings-N-Things.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this restaurant totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at L I Wings-N-Things.
Bike parking is quick and easy at L I Wings-N-Things.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, L I Wings-N-Things is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy L I Wings-N-Things since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Duck into L I Wings-N-Things for a quick bite and excellent wings.
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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