Amp up the cool factor at hip Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill in Sugar Land Town Square, and enjoy grade-A, supreme sushi that looks as good as it tastes.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this sushi spot has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this sushi spot.
Warm weather brings out Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill's highly coveted patio seating.
Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill's style.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Ample parking is located near Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill, including options for valet, street and garage parking.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill's moderately priced fare.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Just remember that if sushi is always your first suggestion when it comes to satisfying your appetite, the highly-rated rolls and super cool vibe at Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill are not to be missed.
Move beyond what you know with an evening of trendy sushi at Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill.
Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Sugar Land.
It's time to try some amazing creations from Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill, home of the best sushi in town.
Sitting inside Bombay Pizza Company, owner Viral Patel watched the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, waiting alongside family and friends for a mention of his Slumdog pizza, a fusion of Indian and Italian flavors. After the 30-second spot, the restaurant erupted into a standing ovation.
Patel's journey to that moment first began when he quit his job in restaurant management to travel around India learning how to cook. Hoping to one day open a restaurant of his own, Patel returned to the United States and became interested in pizza, buying his own pizza stone and experimenting with new recipes, which fused Indian flavors with the traditionally Italian pies. He opened Bombay Pizza Company with the help of his mother, Sonali, who also inspired the Sonu's Rita pizza, which combines house-made cilantro-mint chutney with a margarita pizza. Soon after the restaurant opened, it was awarded Houston Press's Best Pizza in 2010. In addition to pizza, the menu features Indian street fare such as the kati roll with tandoori chicken and paneer and traditional Italian dishes such as lasagna and chicken parmagiana.
Today, Bombay Pizza Company has two locations, the original in Houston and a second, larger location in Sugar Land. Both eateries feature saffron-hued walls, the soft glow of Thomas Edison–style filament light bulbs, and photos of Bombay residents performing daily activities including washing clothes, fishing, and playing chess. The Sugar Land location also features an outdoor patio, microbrews on tap, and a private dining area.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Pappasito's Cantina, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Don't miss out on the private room at Pappasito's Cantina — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together.
Come order a flavorful feast at Pappasito's Cantina, and sit outside if it's nice!
Pappasito's Cantina offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
You can also serve food from Pappasito's Cantina at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Pappasito's Cantina's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Pappasito's Cantina.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Pappasito's Cantina.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Pappasito's Cantina and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than Pappasito's Cantina.
One pizzeria's misfortune was another's lucky break. After Demarco, an engineer with a Masters in Infrastructure Engineering and Management, moved to Houston in 2012, he noticed something missing: his beloved deep-dish pizza. By coincidence, Demarco's favorite mom-and-pop pizza spot in Chicago, Mama Rigetta's, closed its doors around this time. It took a few months, but eventually Demarco tracked down the owners, who generously offered him access to their gold mine of recipes—for their buttery crust, homemade sausage, and their distinctive pizza sauce, among others. Add in cheese and tomatoes with no additives, preservatives, or fillers, and Demarco was in business.
Today d'marcos pizzeria honors both ends of the pizza spectrum, creating both gourmet thin-crust pizzas and Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas. Each style even being recognized in its own right—with pizzas voted Top 15 Deep Dish at International Pizza Expo 2015 and Top 10 Thin Crust at Pizza Pizzaz 2015. The sausage, sauce, and dough is all made in-house and each category features its own lineup of specialty pizzas. On the thin side, there's the Caprese, a crispy crust topped with freshly chopped garlic, oven-roasted tomatoes and sprinkled with fresh basil. As for deep-dish, there's the South Side, a medley of Italian sausage, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. The rest of the menu features pasta platters and sides such as toasted garlic bread topped with parsley garlic butter and housemade marinara, along with hand-crafted, caffeine-free sodas void of high-fructose corn syrup.
French food and wine fanatics flock to P. F. Chang's China Bistro, where A+ ratings rule the menu.
Gluten-free? No problem! P. F. Chang's China Bistro has options for even the most sensitive stomach.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in P. F. Chang's China Bistro's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Wear what you like when you dine at P. F. Chang's China Bistro — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
You can also have P. F. Chang's China Bistro cater your next event.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, P. F. Chang's China Bistro offers bike racks for diners.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
If you're looking to impress, the highly-rated French fare at P. F. Chang's China Bistro does the job perfectly.
So treat yourself to some French delicacies for lunch or dinner at P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
For upscale and delicious fare with a Chinese twist, look no further than P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
Isn't it time for an impromptu takeout night with the delicious Chinese food at P. F. Chang's China Bistro?
As its multi-star ratings show, Perry's Steakhouse and Grille serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Perry's Steakhouse and Grille.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Perfect for parties on the larger side, Perry's Steakhouse and Grille also has a private area available for use.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Perry's Steakhouse and Grille, where business casual attire is standard.
Can't get enough of Perry's Steakhouse and Grille's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Take the stress out of searching for that perfect parking spot — Perry's Steakhouse and Grille's Town Square Pl business offers easy valet parking.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Perry's Steakhouse and Grille is sure to hit the spot.
So come to Perry's Steakhouse and Grille, where you'll discover the fine art of preparing and cooking the perfect steak.
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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