Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Hyannis' Dockside Restaurant — this Hyannis seafood spot has quite the selection.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Dockside Restaurant, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Dockside Restaurant.
This restaurant's most sought after items include Fried Calamari, Lobster Bisque, Mozzarella Sticks, French Onion Soup, and New England Clam Chowder.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Folks tend to dress down at Dockside Restaurant, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Can't get enough of Dockside Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Dockside Restaurant's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Dockside Restaurant.
Dockside Restaurant accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Dockside Restaurant — swing by for your favorite meal.
So treat yourself to something nice this weekend and head over to Dockside Restaurant for a scrumptious seafood dish.
Keep up on the latest tapas trends at Barnstable Town's emBargo Hyannis, a local hot spot.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, emBargo Hyannis has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Cheer on your favorite team at emBargo Hyannis, a local restaurant with TVs.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this bar.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at emBargo Hyannis.
EmBargo Hyannis is a great location to host a group dinner.
On warmer days, take advantage of emBargo Hyannis' outdoor seating.
Don't be shy — step out on the bar dance floor and soak up the sound of live music.
The bar can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at emBargo Hyannis, where dress code calls for business casual.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from emBargo Hyannis.
At emBargo Hyannis, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Bike parking is also available outside the bar.
At emBargo Hyannis, guests can save their cash and indulge all at the same time
food here is high in taste and low in cost.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
When you need your trendy tapas fix, remember to make your way to emBargo Hyannis.
EmBargo Hyannis knows what you enjoy most: great food and family. Their tapas style ensures you combine both equally.
Craving finger food? Head to Seaside Pub On Main and chow down on classic pub fare.
Seaside Pub On Main also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Got kids? No problem at Seaside Pub On Main! This bar is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Seaside Pub On Main with their charming outdoor seating.
At Seaside Pub On Main, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Volume at this bar can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
If you're hitting Seaside Pub On Main on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Seaside Pub On Main is come-as-you-are.
Bring the Seaside Pub On Main's great food to your place.
Just through the door at this bar, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
For those driving to the bar, a lot is located around the corner with optional valet. Drivers can also find street parking when the lot gets cramped.
Seaside Pub On Main is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
So when you want some amazing food to complement your drinks, Seaside Pub On Main will be there for you.
Visit Seaside Pub On Main for some of the best British pub food in Hyannis.
Get your Chinese food with a five-star rating at Dragon Lite Restaurant.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Don't miss out on the private room at Dragon Lite Restaurant — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Wear what you like when you dine at Dragon Lite Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Dragon Lite Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
Diners at Dragon Lite Restaurant will love the free parking nearby.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Dragon Lite Restaurant serves three meals a day.
So take your next meal to the next level and treat yourself to an upscale Chinese meal from Dragon Lite Restaurant.
With so many delicious dishes to choose from, Dragon Lite Restaurant is surely the best choice in town for Chinese food.
It's easy to become a regular at Keltic Kitchen — this Irish bar is a haven for residents of Yarmouth's West Yarmouth community.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Keltic Kitchen, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Keltic Kitchen offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
The dress code at Keltic Kitchen is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Keltic Kitchen for easy access to parking lots.
At Keltic Kitchen, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Keltic Kitchen.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
If you're looking for a classic Irish pub, Keltic Kitchen should be your next destination.
The friendly staff at Keltic Kitchen are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
So round up your friends and head over to Keltic Kitchen for a casual American meal.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Keltic Kitchen today.
Fans of Mike's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Mike's Pizza, a local favorite.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this pizzeria, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Mike's Pizza, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Mike's Pizza.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Mike's 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 Mike's Pizza.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Mike's Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Mike's Pizza.
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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