Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
When you are running low on kitchen staples, such as oil and vinegar, pick some up at Buckmaster Coffee Company.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Buckmaster Coffee Company for some hydration while you're on the move.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Buckmaster Coffee Company.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Buckmaster Coffee Company and slurp your way to happiness.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Buckmaster Coffee Company? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
A sprinkle of these spices or a pinch of these seasonings will make any meal great.
Be prepared for emergencies by exploiting Buckmaster Coffee Company's amazing stock of canned foods.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Buckmaster Coffee Company offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Feeling hungry? Pick up some frozen food from here and enjoy a night snacking on all of your favorite items.
For parking, you'll be able to look towards the nearby area for available space.
Those visiting Hillsboro's Central Hillsboro district will find cooks slinging burgers at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, a hearty neighborhood joint.
The burger joint's menu also includes options for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Take the kids along too — this burger joint is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
For no extra charge, utilize Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' free wifi.
Seating is readily available at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for those with large parties.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this burger joint.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the burger joint dress informally.
The burger joint has catering services as well.
Can't stay at this burger joint long? Pick up and go home.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' moderately priced fare.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Red Robin Gourmet Burgers serves three meals a day.
When you need a quick meal that will keep you full for hours, head on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for a big and juicy burger.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers serves up a variety of tasty burgers. Stop by today and enjoy a casual bite to eat.
For a creative and innovative burger filled with endless flavors, look no further than the highly-rated Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants serves a laid-back Mexican feast.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants.
Expect to wait longer for weekday service as the after-work crowd tends to fill the restaurant.
For the tastes of Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
At Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
For a fun evening out, Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants 's Mexican food will have you begging for more!
So visit Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants today and discover the latest and greatest Mexican food trends.
Make it a maki night at Sushi and Maki, and treat yourself to a variety of fish (all with A+ ratings).
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this sushi spot offers a variety of drink options.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this sushi spot.
Free wifi is available as well.
At Sushi and Maki, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Sushi and Maki offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Sushi and Maki.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this sushi spot.
Sushi and Maki is located near multiple parking solutions, including valet services and parking lots.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the sushi spot.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Sushi and Maki is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Sushi and Maki accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The sushi spot is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Sushi and Maki is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Hillsboro.
Discover a delicious artistry that goes into every roll of sushi at Sushi and Maki.
Pop over to Extreme Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Fill up on healthy eats at Extreme Pizza, a local restaurant.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Extreme Pizza with their complimentary wifi.
Extreme Pizza is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Extreme Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Extreme Pizza, a local restaurant.
Extreme Pizza offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Extreme Pizza serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Extreme Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Extreme Pizza.
So head over to Extreme Pizza, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Extreme Pizza.
It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
What to Expect at a Murder-Mystery Show
Learn how to play along and how to look for clues. Lesson one: everyone's a suspect.
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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