Stop by The Kirby House in Grand Haven for a quick and tasty bite to eat.
Quit fat and gluten at The Kirby House, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
The Kirby House is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At The Kirby House, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
At The Kirby House, you can connect to wifi for a small surcharge.
Feel the beat on the restaurant dance floor and groove to live music.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
The Kirby House is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
The Kirby House is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near The Kirby House.
At The Kirby House, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
The menu at The Kirby House is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
At The Kirby House, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Old Boy's Brewhouse.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Old Boy's Brewhouse is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Old Boy's Brewhouse, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Old Boy's Brewhouse's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Old Boy's Brewhouse is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Old Boy's Brewhouse to your next party or event.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Old Boy's Brewhouse and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Old Boy's Brewhouse, so plan your budget accordingly.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Old Boy's Brewhouse serves three meals a day.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Old Boy's Brewhouse to have a bite of deliciousness.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Old Boy's Brewhouse and load up on some classic American dishes.
Dive into a Mexican fiesta at Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant, a casual Mexican restaurant.
Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant.
At Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Wifi access is totally free at Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
The restaurant tends to blast tunes over an already rambunctious crowd, so be ready for thunderous noise here.
This restaurant lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Call Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Pay Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
So add some spice to your life and head on over to Pruebelo Mexican Restaurant for a tasty and ethnic Mexican meal.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at J W's Food and Spirits.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back J W's Food and Spirits is ultra casual.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from J W's Food and Spirits as well.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to J W's Food and Spirits.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of J W's Food and Spirits.
Deep pockets not required! J W's Food and Spirits takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to J W's Food and Spirits for tasty American fare.
At J W's Food and Spirits you can find great American food at any time of the day.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call J W's Food and Spirits today.
Fricano's Pizza Tavern does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Dress up for your night on the town so you can feel great while you eat great.
Catering services are also available.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
Fricano's Pizza Tavern offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Fricano's Pizza Tavern is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
The pizzeria's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
So come taste the pizza at Fricano's Pizza Tavern for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Fricano's Pizza Tavern and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Grand Haven's Clover Bar and Restaurant for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
The bar at this pizzeria is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Clover Bar and Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Volume at this pizzeria can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Casual dining at its best, Clover Bar and Restaurant customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Clover Bar and Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
With a parking lot adjacent to Clover Bar and Restaurant, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Clover Bar and Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Clover Bar and Restaurant 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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