For perfectly marbled meats, cut fresh while you wait, you can't go wrong with Penn Avenue Meats in Hagerstown.
Choose from meaty and veggie favorites at Penn Avenue Meats and munch your way through a tasty sandwich.
If you need a quick and easy salad dressing, pick up some tasty and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
When you need a quick meal after a long and hard workday, a canned good item from here makes for an easy and tasty dish.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Penn Avenue Meats.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Penn Avenue Meats will do the trick.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Penn Avenue Meats and pick up some fresh noodles.
Impromptu barbecues are welcome here due to the available and excellent A+ meats.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
Don't settle for bland meals. Add some pizzazz to your food with an extensive selection of seasonings and spices.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Browse the selection of sandwiches at Penn Avenue Meats and munch your way to pure happiness.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
Penn Avenue Meats' selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Here you can find close and safe parking for you to take advantage of during your visit.
Penn Avenue Meats is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Select the cuts you want, need, and desire by using Penn Avenue Meats' unbeatable butcher in Hagerstown.
When you're on the market for tasty and healthy eats, pay Byers Stop-N-Go in Hagerstown a visit and load up on great groceries.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Byers Stop-N-Go.
Two of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, you can never have enough oil and vinegar (so stock up!).
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Byers Stop-N-Go and cure your hunger pains.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Choose from meaty and veggie favorites at Byers Stop-N-Go and munch your way through a tasty sandwich.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
When all you want to do is relax after a long day, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Eat a delicious meal in a matter of minutes with an easy-to-make TV dinner!
From sandwiches to salads, Byers Stop-N-Go serves up a wide array of healthy and tasty deli options.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Byers Stop-N-Go.
You'll love the selection of coffee and teas at Byers Stop-N-Go, decaffeinated options available, too!
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Fill up your kitchen pantry with some tasty canned goods from here and always have a quick meal available.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Byers Stop-N-Go and get cooking.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
For your convenience, there are plenty of parking spots for you to make use of during your visit.
With weekly sales, Byers Stop-N-Go's grocery store in Hagerstown understands your needs, both budgetary and nutritional.
For a sandwich loaded with all your favorite toppings, be sure to eat at Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering in Hagerstown's Hagerstown neighborhood — this deli will keep you coming back for more.
Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Whether you have a large or small group, Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering can accommodate both.
Wifi is on the house at Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering.
Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
This restaurant serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Cyclists are in luck. Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering provides bike parking.
With prices so great and food so delicious, you'll be coming back weekly, even nightly.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
It's definitely about time you visited the delicious deli at Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering to get scrumptious items.
Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Seating is readily available at Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau for those with large parties.
Put the suit away when heading to Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Call Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau for catering if you have a big event coming up.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau for a tasty pizza pie.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Tony's New York Pizza and Italian Restau?
Give your home interior a facelift with some new and modern furnishings from Keystone Quality Products in Hagerstown.
Those looking for a meal that's low in fat won't find it at Keystone Quality Products, where hearty, tasty meals come first.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
If you are starting to redecorate your home, start with some new furniture from here, such as living room furniture.
Pick up the perfect towel rack or cute set of cabinets and make sure all your bathroom furniture goes well together.
If you work from home or just need some peace and quiet, you can easily update your office space with brand new furniture sets.
Browse the latest inventory of bedroom furniture here, such as dressers, bed frames, and bedroom furniture, and go home with a comfortable new bedroom set.
Deck out your deck with the perfect patio furniture, you're sure to find a summer style you love.
If you have a desire to decorate your walls, start off on the right foot with items like curtains and mirrors.
What kind of artwork catches your eye? Swing by this store for a look at some of the finest pieces in town.
When you're finally ready to really move in, decorate your humble abode with items like rugs, throw pillows, and vases.
With the many parking choices near Keystone Quality Products, finding parking within walking distance is a breeze.
No matter what look you're going for, you'll find Keystone Quality Products in Hagerstown has a wide enough variety of furniture that's sure to suit your style.
Find the perfect pairing for your next sandwich at Breakaway II Sports Lounge — this shop thrives on fine meat and fresh bread.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Breakaway II Sports Lounge's outdoor patio seating.
Hop online in no time using Breakaway II Sports Lounge's free wifi.
At Breakaway II Sports Lounge, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The live music and dance floor at Breakaway II Sports Lounge are perfect for party goers ready to boogie the night away.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Breakaway II Sports Lounge during the slower weekday hours.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Breakaway II Sports Lounge is all about comfort.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Breakaway II Sports Lounge cater for you.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Breakaway II Sports Lounge may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Nothing hits the spot like an amazing sandwich from Breakaway II Sports Lounge.
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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