Pizza Jerks' piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Pizza Jerks, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Pizza Jerks to grab a spot on the patio.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Pizza Jerks.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Pizza Jerks won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Pizza Jerks.
Cyclists are in luck. Pizza Jerks provides bike parking.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Pizza Jerks' pizza say it is the absolute best.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Pizza Jerks' pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head on over to Pizza Jerks, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Pizza Jerks' great restaurant.
Visit Docksider Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Lake George's Queensbury.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Docksider Restaurant provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Sit outside at Docksider Restaurant and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Treat your ears to some live tunes — the restaurant frequently features a DJ or band.
Musical groups perform live at Docksider Restaurant, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
For those who enjoy entertainment while dining, Docksider Restaurant hosts live DJs.
The restaurant picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Docksider Restaurant cater for you.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Docksider Restaurant and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Prices at Docksider Restaurant are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Docksider Restaurant, and they're waiting to serve you!
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Docksider Restaurant.
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark has the best amenities around. Enjoy Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark when you stay in Queensbury.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
For a reasonable charge, take advantage of the hotel's wifi.
When you visit Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark, you can take advantage of the free wifi and stay connected to your friends and family.
These home-like suites feature upgraded amenities and a quiet location for you to relax during your stay.
Looking for a place to tackle your workload? Try the on-site business center in this hotel.
Break a sweat and feel great at the hotel's complimentary fitness center.
Be sure to grab your flip-flops and head on over to the pool area for a dip!
From sweet to savory, Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark's room service menu has it all.
The kitchenettes allow guests to whip up a quick snack or heat up tasty leftovers.
Guests can enjoy a tasty meal at this hotel's full-service restaurant.
Anyone in the mood for a Long Island Iced Tea? Check out the bar for a wide selection of tasty drinks!
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at George Henry's.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to George Henry's and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into George Henry's' free wifi hotspot.
The large dining space at George Henry's provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
When the weather is nice, hurry to George Henry's to grab a spot on the patio.
Feel free to bring your lil' tail-wagger with you — this restaurant is a pet-friendly place.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up George Henry's for their catering services.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
At George Henry's, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
George Henry's knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
George Henry's dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try George Henry's.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at George Henry's and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Serving finger-licking flavor in Cambridge's Jackson neighborhood is Burger Den, a tasty burger house with all the right moves.
The menu at Burger Den 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.
This burger joint is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Burger Den for easy seating.
Dine out in the open during Burger Den's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Burger Den — the dress code and ambience at this burger joint are totally laid-back.
Can't get enough of Burger Den's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this burger joint offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
We'll spare you the marketing. Our food is delicious, and we don't break the bank. It's that simple.
The burger joint is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
Burger Den is a burger lover's paradise, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on a tasty burger.
Quick and delicious, Burger Den is the place to go for a good meal and a great burger.
Cure your sushi craving at Siam Thai Sushi, an upscale sushi restaurant.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Siam Thai Sushi has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at Siam Thai Sushi, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Siam Thai Sushi.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Siam Thai Sushi's al fresco patio seating.
For no extra charge, utilize Siam Thai Sushi's free wifi.
Siam Thai Sushi welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Siam Thai Sushi is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
For those in a rush, the sushi spot lets you take your food to go.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Siam Thai Sushi.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Siam Thai Sushi.
At Siam Thai Sushi, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the sushi spot, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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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