Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor also caters to those with sensitive stomachs, where a number of gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
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Stay connected at no cost thanks to Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor's wifi.
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Leave the suit and tie at home — Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor is business casual all the way.
This restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor for their catering services.
Ample parking is on hand — patrons can access the nearby garage or lot next door.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
So come to Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
Everyone in Oxon Hill knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
Visit Public House - National Harbor and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Cheers to the weekend! Public House - National Harbor is serving up the fun!
Private rooms make any group feel like VIP guests at Public House - National Harbor.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Public House - National Harbor.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Public House - National Harbor.
Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining.
Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack Public House - National Harbor on weeknights.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Public House - National Harbor as well.
Make use of the ample parking options near Public House - National Harbor, including street, valet and garage.
Travel by bike to Public House - National Harbor and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
At Public House - National Harbor, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Public House - National Harbor has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The friendly staff at Public House - National Harbor are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Pay Public House - National Harbor a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Pop over to Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff in Fort Washington for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff's free wifi hotspot.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Parking is accessible and not far from the pizzeria.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
The average check at Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
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If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
Switch up your normal pizza routine and head on over to Fiorella Pizzeria E Caff for a new take on pizza.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Cadillac Ranch.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
At Cadillac Ranch, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
At Cadillac Ranch, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Cadillac Ranch is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Cadillac Ranch and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
For a casual American classic, Cadillac Ranch will serve you up a delicious meal in Oxon Hill.
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Thai Pavilion National Harbor.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Warm weather brings out Thai Pavilion National Harbor's highly coveted patio seating.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Thai Pavilion National Harbor.
Thai Pavilion National Harbor is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
For the tastes of Thai Pavilion National Harbor from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Patrons can park in a lot near Thai Pavilion National Harbor or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Thai Pavilion National Harbor s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
For Thai fare like never before, get your fill of top-rated deliciousness at Thai Pavilion National Harbor.
When Thai food is calling your name, make your way over to Thai Pavilion National Harbor for some classic dishes.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out is a prime location to dine with a group.
Take it nice and easy at Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Checks are bigger than average at the pizzeria, so prepare your wallet.
Short on cash? No problem. Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out happily accepts all major credit cards.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Charlie's Pizzaria Restaurant And Carry-Out, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
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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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