When you are running low on groceries, pay Sunshine Cafe in Nickerson a visit and load up your kitchen will all of your favorite eats.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Sunshine Cafe has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Vinegar is a great way to add that extra zing of flavor, and oil goes quickly in the kitchen. Pick these up now and use today or save for later.
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.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
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 Sunshine Cafe for some hydration while you're on the move.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Sunshine Cafe.
You can never have enough canned goods stocked in your pantry. Pick some more up here.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Sunshine Cafe.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Check off each and every grocery item on your list when you shop at Nickerson's Sunshine Cafe.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Greenwood Health Systems and pick up some fresh noodles.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
If cooking isn't your strong point, dig into a TV dinner! Microwave cooking has never tasted so good.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Greenwood Health Systems and get creative with your sandwiches.
Picking up canned foods is terrific for when you want a quick meal, are participating in food drives, or need some last-minute eats to keep you from starving. You'll definitely want to browse the selection at Greenwood Health Systems today!
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Greenwood Health Systems.
Looking to spice things up? Choose from their wide selection of seasonings and flavorful spices.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Greenwood Health Systems.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Greenwood Health Systems for all your protein and calcium needs.
With parking nearby to spare, Greenwood Health Systems is ready for your visit.
Take a dessert detour to Bogey's, and boost your mood with a simple scoop of ice cream.
This ice cream shop is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
The patio tables outside of Bogey's are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
At Bogey's, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Bogey's offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this ice cream shop offers takeout for your busy schedule.
The ice cream shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Bogey's to your next party or event.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the ice cream shop.
Bogey's happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
For innovative and creamy ice cream, look no further than the highly-rated Bogey's.
Your next meal awaits at Jillian's Italian Grill in Hutchinson.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Just around the workday bend are Jillian's Italian Grill's happy hour food and drink bargains.
At Jillian's Italian Grill, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Jillian's Italian Grill, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Jillian's Italian Grill's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
A mid-priced establishment, Jillian's Italian Grill offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Applebee's is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Health nuts will love Applebee's for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Applebee's features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
The dress code is strictly casual at Applebee's, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Can't get enough of Applebee's' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
There is parking close to the restaurant.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Applebee's.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Applebee's and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Taco Hut — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Taco Hut has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
The dress code is strictly casual at Taco Hut, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Taco Hut.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Taco Hut is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Taco Hut offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Taco Hut's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Taco Hut your first stop.
Taco Hut features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
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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