Build your own burger at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, one of the best burger places in town.
Vegan and gluten-free diners will fall in love with the menu at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this burger joint's extensive drink list.
Parents appreciate this burger joint's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers can seat both large and small groups.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' al fresco patio seating.
The lively clientele and reverberating tunes result in a noisy scene, so don't plan any quiet conversation at the burger joint.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is close to both.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the burger joint's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
If you're looking to satisfy your burger cravings, be sure to get the best at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Quick and delicious, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is the place to go for a good meal and a great burger.
Everyone in Gresham knows the secret to a high quality burger is a trip to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, M and M Restaurant and Lounge is a local favorite.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
M and M Restaurant and Lounge is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to M and M Restaurant and Lounge for a group meal.
The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Take it nice and easy at M and M Restaurant and Lounge, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
If you need to feed a big crowd, M and M Restaurant and Lounge also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Those driving to M and M Restaurant and Lounge can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
M and M Restaurant and Lounge offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, M and M Restaurant and Lounge hits the nail on the head.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to M and M Restaurant and Lounge for tasty American fare.
M and M Restaurant and Lounge has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Visit Applebee's for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Gresham's Gresham-North Central.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Applebee's, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
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.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
The large dining space at Applebee's provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Applebee's, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Applebee's' busiest days.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Applebee's — it's strictly casual.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Applebee's is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Applebee's.
Applebee'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.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Applebee's' menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Applebee's.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Applebee's.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Applebee's.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant is all about comfort.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant.
Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
For premier pizza in Wood Village's Wood Village area, head to The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits' happy hour.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits with their charming outdoor seating.
Your group can sit comfortably at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits, a local restaurant.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the pizzeria tend to be packed.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits — it's strictly casual.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
At The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits.
Before ordering just a generic box of pizza, re-think that decision and go with a pie above the rest from The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits.
Boccelli's Ristorante takes you (and your significant other) to Italy without leaving town — come check out this perfect date-night spot and find out if the fare lives up to its five-star ratings.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Boccelli's Ristorante caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Boccelli's Ristorante's outdoor patio seating.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Boccelli's Ristorante.
Street and lot parking is simple near Boccelli's Ristorante.
Boccelli's Ristorante offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Boccelli's Ristorante s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
At Boccelli's Ristorante, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Make your next date night even more special with delicious Italian fare at the romantic Boccelli's Ristorante.
Boccelli's Ristorante is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Boccelli's Ristorante.
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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