Whole Foods Market in Lake Grove features a number of hot and cold grocery items for you to take advantage of.
You won't be able to tell the difference with the frozen foods available here for your cuisine convenience.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Whole Foods Market.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Whole Foods Market has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Whole Foods Market.
Fill up your kitchen pantry with some tasty canned goods from here and always have a quick meal available.
Whole Foods Market serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
A sprinkle of these spices or a pinch of these seasonings will make any meal great.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
If you're commuting by car, you will be happy to know that Whole Foods Market is located near a number of parking options.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the store.
Whether you prep your meals for the week or take things one day at a time, Whole Foods Market features some of the freshest food in Lake Grove.
For a tasty pick-me-up, Cheesecake Factory is home to a heavenly assortment of dessert options.
Tired of the same healthy meals? Come to Cheesecake Factory for healthy, innovative eats.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Cheesecake Factory with their charming outdoor seating.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Cheesecake Factory, known for its laid-back ambience.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Can't get enough of Cheesecake Factory's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
At Cheesecake Factory, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Tasty bites are priced fairly here, so you can have a delicious time out without breaking the bank.
The menu at Cheesecake Factory includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
When it comes to desserts, Cheesecake Factory serves up a variety of options. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Cheesecake Factory's restaurant today.
Pay Cheesecake Factory a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Find your own cheeseburger in paradise at Lake Grove Diner.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Lake Grove Diner is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Lake Grove Diner is all about comfort.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Lake Grove Diner is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Lake Grove Diner, so plan your budget accordingly.
Short on cash? No problem. Lake Grove Diner happily accepts all major credit cards.
When late night cravings come knocking, find your way to Lake Grove Diner to fulfill your every craving.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So stop by and find a booth at Lake Grove Diner, your casual neighborhood diner.
So be sure to stop by Lake Grove Diner, your friendly neighborhood diner.
From tortilla to paella, Zan's Kosher Catering serves up tasty and traditional Spanish eats.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Zan's Kosher Catering.
Your large group can all sit together at Zan's Kosher Catering.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Zan's Kosher Catering's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Zan's Kosher Catering.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Zan's Kosher Catering will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
So when sangria is calling your name, head to Zan's Kosher Catering for a truly authentic Spanish meal.
Without a doubt, there's no finer fare around than the delectable kosher eats at Zan's Kosher Catering.
In Lake Grove, no deli does it better than Zan's Kosher Catering, not even close.
Visit T.G.I. Friday's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at T.G.I. Friday's.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Gather up your group of friends and head to T.G.I. Friday's, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
No need to put on airs for a trip to T.G.I. Friday's — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in T.G.I. Friday's for catering.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to T.G.I. Friday's, a local restaurant.
Commute by bike to T.G.I. Friday's and find easy bike parking.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, T.G.I. Friday's s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
T.G.I. Friday's provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit T.G.I. Friday's and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
If you're searching for a quick and casual spot to grab some pizza, look no further than local favorite La Grova Ristorante and Pizzeria.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at La Grova Ristorante and Pizzeria. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
In addition to its great location, La Grova Ristorante and Pizzeria is also located near plenty of parking options.
La Grova Ristorante and Pizzeria happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated La Grova Ristorante and Pizzeria.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from La Grova Ristorante and Pizzeria?
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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