Take your Thai cuisine with a fill of first-rate reviews when you dine at Sabai Sabai Simply Thai.
It's simple to treat your body well when you dine at Sabai Sabai Simply Thai, where gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan dishes are listed throughout the menu.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
At Sabai Sabai Simply Thai, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The patio tables outside of Sabai Sabai Simply Thai are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Sabai Sabai Simply Thai's style.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
For the tastes of Sabai Sabai Simply Thai from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Sabai Sabai Simply Thai.
Deep pockets not required! Sabai Sabai Simply Thai takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Sabai Sabai Simply Thai.
Five-star food doesn't have to be fancy. For the very best in Thai cuisine, swing by Sabai Sabai Simply Thai for a quick and easy meal.
Thai cuisine is a great option for large groups and Sabai Sabai Simply Thai makes it easy.
So when you're craving the tastes and trends of Thailand, head on over to Sabai Sabai Simply Thai.
Locals head to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for charbroiled perfection between two buns.
The menu at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this burger joint has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this burger joint, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This burger joint knows it's carryout.
Diners at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Commute by bike to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and find easy bike parking.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has to offer.
Three meals a day are served at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
So head on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and pick up a delicious burger today.
If burgers are what you're looking for, the ones at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will not disappoint.
When you're craving a juicy burger, head over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and munch on one of the highly-rated choices.
Build your own burger at Applebee's — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Applebee's' wifi.
Seating is readily available at Applebee's for those with large parties.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Applebee's.
Travel by bike to Applebee's and store your bike at a nearby rack.
The average check at Applebee's will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
The friendly staff at Applebee's are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Make your way over to Applebee's and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
For tasty American fare, head to Ruby Tuesday for a sandwich and side.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Ruby Tuesday, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Not to be overlooked is Ruby Tuesday's no-charge wifi.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Ruby Tuesday is all about comfort.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Ruby Tuesday.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Ruby Tuesday hits the nail on the head.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Ruby Tuesday, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
When you're looking for a bite of some great American dishes, you definitely won't need to look any further than Ruby Tuesday.
For a casual American classic, Ruby Tuesday will serve you up a delicious meal in Germantown.
It's always a party at Mi Rancho Restaurant, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
The chefs at Mi Rancho Restaurant know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
For comfortable outdoor service, Mi Rancho Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio.
Mi Rancho Restaurant caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Mi Rancho Restaurant — attire is casual.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
That's right! Mi Rancho Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Meals at Mi Rancho Restaurant are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Mi Rancho Restaurant your first stop.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Mi Rancho Restaurant and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
So switch up your normal lunch or dinner routine and try one of Mi Rancho Restaurant's tasty Mexican dishes.
Fans of Domino's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Domino's Pizza knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Domino's Pizza is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Homebodies can take advantage of this pizzeria's delivery and take-out options.
Throwing a big party? Count on Domino's Pizza to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
So come taste the pizza at Domino's Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
So bring your appetite to Domino's Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Domino's Pizza.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Domino's Pizza and pick up a pizza pie.
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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