Visit Homestead On 19th St for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Huntsville's Huntsville.
Keep your diet in check at Homestead On 19th St, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Got kids? No problem at Homestead On 19th St! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Dine out in the open during Homestead On 19th St's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Homestead On 19th St is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Homestead On 19th St is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Homestead On 19th St's tasty dishes at your next party.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Homestead On 19th St and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
Homestead On 19th St offers safe bike parking outside.
The menu at Homestead On 19th St features affordable prices to help you save money on dining out.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Homestead On 19th St, and they're waiting to serve you!
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Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Humphrey's, home of American comfort food.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Humphrey's' wifi.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Tap your foot to Humphrey's' tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
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Three meals a day are served at Humphrey's, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Humphrey's and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Humphrey's and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
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Kick back and enjoy flavorful tacos, burritos and chips and salsa at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Margarita's Mexican Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Bring the Margarita's Mexican Restaurant's great food to your place.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.
Come on over to Margarita's Mexican Restaurant and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
The Mexican eats at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant are filled with endless flavors, so come on by today and enjoy a taste of Mexico.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Texas Legends Steakhouse grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Texas Legends Steakhouse is a great location to host a group dinner.
Texas Legends Steakhouse tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Texas Legends Steakhouse for their catering services.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near Texas Legends Steakhouse.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Texas Legends Steakhouse s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
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Zach's Bar and Grill serves tasty American-style cuisine.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to Zach's Bar and Grill's happy hour.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Zach's Bar and Grill.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Zach's Bar and Grill to create the perfect night.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Zach's Bar and Grill offers safe bike parking outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Zach's Bar and Grill.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Zach's Bar and Grill to have a bite of deliciousness.
At Zach's Bar and Grill you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Potato Shack caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
For no extra charge, utilize Potato Shack's free wifi.
At Potato Shack, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Potato Shack prides itself in its delicious catering.
This restaurant offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space.
Ample parking is located near Potato Shack.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Potato Shack is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Potato Shack offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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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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