Find all of your favorite seasonal items in one place at Lum's in Junction and enjoy some of your favorites.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Lum's.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Lum's? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Lum's and pick up some fresh noodles.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Lum's.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Lum's will certainly come in hand.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
A little here, a little there, you can never have enough vinegar and oil. Used in almost every recipe, these liquids will come in handy.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
When you're pulling long hours at the office, you don't want to come home and spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Fix that potential problem by exploring the frozen food options offered here.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
If you're looking for a quick and tasty side dish to go with your meal, check out these great canned food items.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Lum's.
Drive to Lum's and find parking in the area.
Whether you plan a weekly menu or eat by the seat of your pants, Lum's is your ticket to a better-tasting meal.
Those seeking a casual midday meal will find a comfortable cafe experience at Rails A Cafe At The Depot.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Rails A Cafe At The Depot.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Rails A Cafe At The Depot with their charming outdoor seating.
Put the suit away when heading to Rails A Cafe At The Depot — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Call Rails A Cafe At The Depot for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this restaurant's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Rails A Cafe At The Depot is centrally located near many parking lot options.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Rails A Cafe At The Depot, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
Why wouldn't you want to go to a classic American cafe? Make plans to visit Rails A Cafe At The Depot.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Billy Gene's Restaurant.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Billy Gene's Restaurant.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Billy Gene's Restaurant's free wifi hotspot.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Billy Gene's Restaurant.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Billy Gene's Restaurant.
Pups of all sorts are also welcome at the restaurant.
Or, take your food to go.
Billy Gene's Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Billy Gene's Restaurant.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Billy Gene's Restaurant is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Billy Gene's Restaurant is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Billy Gene's Restaurant tastes like pure heaven!
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Billy Gene's Restaurant today.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Acapulco Mexican Restaurant's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Throwing a big party? Count on Acapulco Mexican Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant offers safe bike parking outside.
Convenience is essential at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Acapulco Mexican Restaurant.
With all the spices and flavors you love, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Grape Juice for American-style cuisine.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Grape Juice puts the happy in happy hour.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Grape Juice.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Grape Juice, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Grape Juice's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Grape Juice for easy access to parking lots.
Grape Juice offers various parking options, including bike parking.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Grape Juice, so plan your budget accordingly.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Grape Juice is the place for you.
Swing by Grape Juice today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Grape Juice.
For that all-American meal, head to burger house Classic's Burgers and Moore.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Classic's Burgers and Moore.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this burger joint is a great spot for families to chow down.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Classic's Burgers and Moore.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Classic's Burgers and Moore.
Classic's Burgers and Moore wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this burger joint and enjoy!
Classic's Burgers and Moore is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Don't forget to stop by the ATM on your way to Classic's Burgers and Moore, a local cash-only restaurant.
Classic's Burgers and Moore has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
So swing by Classic's Burgers and Moore and treat yourself to one of the tasty and creative signature burger options.
Any time is a good time for a burger at Classic's Burgers and Moore.
So stop by Classic's Burgers and Moore today and indulge in one of the many highly-rated burger options.
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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