For a cold brew, head to Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub — this Irish bar is a great place to kick back after work.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
At Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Wifi is on the house at Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
This restaurant is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound.
Your pet pup can accompany you to Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub, which has a dog-friendly policy.
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.
Casual dining at its best, Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
You can also grab your food to go.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Friendly and fun, Liam Fitzpatricks Irish Pub is a great place for beer, food, and a good time.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, a local pub.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Get online gratis thanks to Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery's complimentary wifi.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.
Live music is often featured for patrons' enjoyment.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery's busiest days.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery's style.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery to your next party or event.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.
A mid-priced establishment, Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, pay by major credit card.
For simply amazing pub food, Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery has all of your favorites to continuously satisfy your hunger.
Visit Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Lake Mary's Grande Oaks At Heathrow.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary today!
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary's complimentary wifi.
Warm weather brings out Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary's highly coveted patio seating.
Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary offers valet services for restaurant diners.
For those who travel by bike, Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary offers bike racks for diners.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Shula's 347 Grill - The Westin Lake Mary and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Giovanni's Italian Restaurant captures the heart of Italian cuisine.
Giovanni's Italian Restaurant knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Giovanni's Italian Restaurant is a great location to host a group dinner.
Put the suit away when heading to Giovanni's Italian Restaurant — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
That's right! Giovanni's Italian Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Giovanni's Italian Restaurant for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Commute by bike to Giovanni's Italian Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Giovanni's Italian Restaurant s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to Giovanni's Italian Restaurant and check out the flavorful menu options.
It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
What to Expect at a Murder-Mystery Show
Learn how to play along and how to look for clues. Lesson one: everyone's a suspect.
Fans of Papa Joe's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Papa Joe's Pizza, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the pizzeria.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Papa Joe's Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the pizzeria.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Papa Joe's Pizza's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Papa Joe's Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Papa Joe's Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
So when you need a pizza without the stress, Papa Joe's Pizza has your back!
Fight for a great pizza pie by placing your order into Papa Joe's Pizza today.
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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