Shop for high-quality and fresh groceries at Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood in Lake Charles and keep your kitchen stocked full of grocery staples.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
Grab a loaf of bread from Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Pick up some noodles from Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood will certainly come in hand.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood will do the trick.
Heading to Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood? Take the whole family along for a fun shopping trip and find easy parking nearby.
Whether you plan a weekly menu or eat by the seat of your pants, Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood is your ticket to a better-tasting meal.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Classic Cafe for all your protein and calcium needs.
Classic Cafe encourages purchasing canned foods because they offer such convenience. They let you decide what you want to eat when you want it, as the food doesn't spoil quickly.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Why spend time cooking from scratch when you can have a great meal in minutes? Frozen food is simple to make and even easier to eat.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Classic Cafe.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Classic Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Classic Cafe.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Classic Cafe and get cooking.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Tony's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Tony's Pizza has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Tony's Pizza, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Tony's Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back.
Or, take your grub to go.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Tony's Pizza's diners.
Convenience is essential at Tony's Pizza, and food is served from morning until night.
So come taste the pizza at Tony's Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Tony's Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Tony's Pizza.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Tony's Pizza's great restaurant.
Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Que Pasa Taqueria hits a home run with each and every order.
Que Pasa Taqueria is our corner of happy and healthy with rich flavors and bold ingredients.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Your large group can all sit together at Que Pasa Taqueria.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Que Pasa Taqueria's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Que Pasa Taqueria, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Que Pasa Taqueria will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Que Pasa Taqueria accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Que Pasa Taqueria.
With all the spices and flavors you love, Que Pasa Taqueria is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
Craving steak? Head down to Outback Steakhouse in Lake Charles and choose your own cut of perfectly marbled beef.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Outback Steakhouse has you covered on both fronts.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Outback Steakhouse for a group meal.
Comfort is prioritized at Outback Steakhouse, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Outback Steakhouse will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Outback Steakhouse is surrounded by endless parking options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Outback Steakhouse s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Outback Steakhouse offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Discover the fine art of preparing and cooking the perfect steak when you sit down to a meal at Outback Steakhouse.
Visit Logan's Roadhouse for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Lake Charles' Lake Charles.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Logan's Roadhouse offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Logan's Roadhouse can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Logan's Roadhouse offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Logan's Roadhouse s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Convenience is essential at Logan's Roadhouse, and food is served from morning until night.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Logan's Roadhouse to have a bite of deliciousness.
Logan's Roadhouse has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Logan's Roadhouse is all about.
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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