Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — A&W Restaurant caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Many diners choose to drive to A&W Restaurant, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by A&W Restaurant to have a bite of deliciousness.
White Horse Tavern serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Flint's Flint district.
Give your stomach a break and try some of White Horse Tavern's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Head to White Horse Tavern for a happy hour that aims to please.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
At White Horse Tavern, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than White Horse Tavern, so dress for comfort when you come.
Throwing a big party? Count on White Horse Tavern to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
For easy dining, White Horse Tavern provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of White Horse Tavern.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at White Horse Tavern for next to nothing.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at White Horse Tavern.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by White Horse Tavern's tasty restaurant.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at White Horse Tavern.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call White Horse Tavern today.
Take a trip to Scooter's Bar and Grill in Flint and make your next meal a good one.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
From cheap drinks to good eats, Scooter's Bar and Grill's happy hour is a steal.
At Scooter's Bar and Grill, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Seating is readily available at Scooter's Bar and Grill for those with large parties.
Get online for free courtesy of Scooter's Bar and Grill's wifi.
It's easy to get down and dance at Scooter's Bar and Grill when there's a live DJ spinning the best beats.
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 Scooter's Bar and Grill — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Scooter's Bar and Grill to create the perfect night.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Commute by bike to Scooter's Bar and Grill and find easy bike parking.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Scooter's Bar and Grill, so plan your budget accordingly.
Scooter's Bar and Grill offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Scooter's Bar and Grill since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Latina — this Flint pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
If you're looking for a mean slice or a piping plate of pasta, the pizzeria is home to a generous number of offerings.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Hop online in no time using Latina's free wifi.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Latina, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Comfort is prioritized at Latina, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Latina for their catering services.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the pizzeria.
Your bill at Latina will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Latina come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Latina's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head over to Latina, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
So when pizza is calling your name, head on over to Latina and give into your craving.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Bar Louie Flint for American-style cuisine.
Bar Louie Flint's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Bar Louie Flint provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Bar Louie Flint's free wifi hotspot.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Bar Louie Flint.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Bar Louie Flint.
DJ fans will appreciate Bar Louie Flint's frequent live mixes.
To get seated fast on a weeknight, you may want to call ahead and make a reservation — after-work crowds can fill the place up.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Bar Louie Flint prides itself in its delicious catering.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Bar Louie Flint is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
Don't look any further, head to Bar Louie Flint for your next American meal.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Bar Louie Flint for your next meal.
Redwood Lodge in Flint offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Redwood Lodge, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — Redwood Lodge has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at Redwood Lodge with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Redwood Lodge has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
For those dining without kids, Redwood Lodge is a prime location.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Redwood Lodge with their charming outdoor seating.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Redwood Lodge with their complimentary wifi.
Wear what you like when you dine at Redwood Lodge — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Catering services are also available.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
The parking lot near Redwood Lodge will have you in and out in a jiffy.
The average check at Redwood Lodge will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Redwood Lodge accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
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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