To get the most for your dollar, shop the great grocery deals at Bush's Chicken in Harker Heights.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
Stock up on canned good so you'll always have the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Bush's Chicken.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Need something quick for lunch or dinner? Stop by Bush's Chicken and pick up a sandwich for the road.
When you're looking for a little tart flavor to add to your meal, you'll want to grab some vinegar. For something a little more savory, that definitely calls for oil. When you shop here, you can stock up on either to ensure your food is tart and savory in equal measures.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Pick up some noodles from Bush's Chicken and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Bush's Chicken.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Bush's Chicken is just steps away from a parking lot.
Bush's Chicken in Harker Heights carries a wide range of tasty grocery items so head on over today and stock up your kitchen.
As its multi-star ratings show, Texas Roadhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Keep your diet in check and enjoy a low-fat meal at Texas Roadhouse.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Connecting to affordable wifi is simple and easy at Texas Roadhouse.
At Texas Roadhouse, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Texas Roadhouse is ultra casual.
You can also have Texas Roadhouse cater your next event.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Dining at Texas Roadhouse? Enjoy the easy and free parking in the lot next door.
Texas Roadhouse is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Texas Roadhouse is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about Texas Roadhouse. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
So take your lunch or dinner to the next level and treat yourself to a yummy steak at Texas Roadhouse.
For fresh maki, Vestal's Fuji San Japanese Restaurant has got you covered.
Fuji San Japanese Restaurant will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
At Fuji San Japanese Restaurant, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Fuji San Japanese Restaurant won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Grab this restaurant's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Fuji San Japanese Restaurant offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Your bill at Fuji San Japanese Restaurant will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Dine in for dinner to see what the restaurant is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
Fuji San Japanese Restaurant serves up authentic and traditional Japanese fare, so head on over today and discover the delicacy of Japanese cuisine.
Bask in the flavor of summer cookouts when you grab a bite at Nathanael Greene's Publick Hs, a mouthwatering burger joint in Greene's Greene neighborhood.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Nathanael Greene's Publick Hs, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Nathanael Greene's Publick Hs, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Call Nathanael Greene's Publick Hs for catering if you have a big event coming up.
You can also grab your food to go.
If preferred, guests can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
You won't need to save up for a trip to Nathanael Greene's Publick Hs — most meals cost less than $15.
The menu at Nathanael Greene's Publick Hs is filled with creative burger options, so head on over today and treat yourself to a tasty meal that will leave you full for hours.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Ale House, a local favorite.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Ale House, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Ale House's happy hour.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Ale House's complimentary wifi.
If you're hitting Ale House on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Ale House, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
At Ale House, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
A mid-priced establishment, Ale House offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Ale House.
When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to Ale House and snack on all of your favorite eats.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Tully's Good Times for some good home American cooking.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Tully's Good Times, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Tully's Good Times to have a bite of deliciousness.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Tully's Good Times and enjoy some great American classics.
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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