Top-rated sushi and a super fun atmosphere makes eeZ Fusion and Sushi - Birkdale Village the place to be for a top-rated night out.
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The bar at this sushi spot is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
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EeZ Fusion and Sushi - Birkdale Village is a prime location to dine with a group.
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Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this sushi spot, though, as it can get quite loud.
No need to dress to the nines here — eeZ Fusion and Sushi - Birkdale Village's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Just through the door at this sushi spot, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Call eeZ Fusion and Sushi - Birkdale Village for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
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Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at eeZ Fusion and Sushi - Birkdale Village running under $30 per person.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
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Tucked in Huntersville's Huntersville neighborhood, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is home to the familiar hot slice and relaxed pizza house atmosphere.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this pizzeria's delightful drink menu.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
For comfortable outdoor service, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza sets up a seasonal patio.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is a great location to host a group dinner.
Volume at this pizzeria can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Catering services are also available.
For those in a hurry, the pizzeria lets you take your grub to go.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Brixx Wood Fired Pizza for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
For those who travel by bike, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza offers bike racks for diners.
Meals at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
At Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
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Grab some friends and head on over to Killington's Restaurant and Pub for great pub grub.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Killington's Restaurant and Pub's gluten-free or low-fat items.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Killington's Restaurant and Pub is a great summer destination.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Killington's Restaurant and Pub.
Get online gratis thanks to Killington's Restaurant and Pub's complimentary wifi.
Killington's Restaurant and Pub welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Killington's Restaurant and Pub for catering.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Drivers will be happy to know that Killington's Restaurant and Pub is located near many street and lot parking options.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
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At Killington's Restaurant and Pub, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
It's about time you ate the best pub food around with a trip to Killington's Restaurant and Pub.
Whether you love to paint or knit, you can find everything your heart desires at meg-art pottery painting studio in Huntersville.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, meg-art pottery painting studio has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
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This store features stunning works of handcrafted art that are easy on any eye.
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Art lovers looking to spice up their space flock to this store for a touch of beauty, charm, and one-of-a-kind artistry.
There is ample parking located within the area, making your parking spot hunting quick and stress-free.
Browse the best art supplies Huntersville has to offer at meg-art pottery painting studio.
If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Red Rocks Cafe in Huntersville.
Healthy, fresh fare — including low-fat options — is readily available on Red Rocks Cafe's menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Red Rocks Cafe, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Red Rocks Cafe, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Red Rocks Cafe's complimentary wifi.
Red Rocks Cafe's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
You can also serve food from Red Rocks Cafe at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Red Rocks Cafe is surrounded by endless parking, including options for valet, street and garage parking.
For those who travel by bike, Red Rocks Cafe offers bike racks for diners.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Red Rocks Cafe s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Red Rocks Cafe, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Tony's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Tony's Pizza, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Tony's Pizza with their complimentary wifi.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this pizzeria.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the pizzeria.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Tony's Pizza.
Just because Tony's Pizza is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
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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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