For that all-American meal, head to burger house MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes in Little Elm's Little Elm district.
Parents, bring your kids along to this burger joint, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes' free wifi.
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If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Parking has never been easier at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
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Complete your grocery shopping in one visit at Especially for You in Crossroads and stock your kitchen with your favorites.
Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Especially for You serves anything but a low-fat menu.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Everyone loves cereal in the morning. Stop in to get your family's favorites.
Grab a loaf of bread from Especially for You and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Shop for tasty and hearty canned goods here and stock up on all of your favorite side dishes and main courses, such as soups and canned fruit.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Especially for You.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
For cool, refreshing H20, Especially for You's got you covered.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Especially for You.
For those who can't cook, rest assured that the frozen foods available here will sate your hunger.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
When all you want to do is relax after a long day, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Eat a delicious meal in a matter of minutes with an easy-to-make TV dinner!
Whether you are new to the world of cooking or consider yourself a home cook, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
For mouthwatering meats at an affordable price, head over here and get a bang for your buck.
Don't let the amazing deals at this place pass you by. When you stop in today, you'll be able to browse an absolutely fabulous selection of vinegar and oil that can mean transformative changes to your cuisine.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Especially for You has all of your pasta necessities.
Especially for You is located in close proximity to available parking in the surrounding area.
Get your grocery shopping out of the way quickly and easily. Especially for You is here for all your Crossroads food shopping needs.
Featuring a laid-back vibe and traditional Mexican fare, Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano aims to please its casual-dining guests.
Calorie-counters won't find any low-fat fare here, so enjoy the menu and take a break from the diet.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano just as much as their parents do.
Skip long waits and head to Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano with your large group for easy seating.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
You can also grab your food to go.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano for catering.
The parking lot near Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a date at Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Raphael's Restaurante Mexicano — swing by for your favorite meal.
Fans of Romas Pizza and Pasta make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Romas Pizza and Pasta, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Got kids? No problem at Romas Pizza and Pasta! This pizzeria is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Romas Pizza and Pasta.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Romas Pizza and Pasta is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Romas Pizza and Pasta's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Romas Pizza and Pasta's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Romas Pizza and Pasta.
With a pizza from Romas Pizza and Pasta, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
Visit Applebee's for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Little Elm's Little Elm.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Applebee's' gorgeous patio.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
For those who travel by bike, Applebee's offers bike racks for diners.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Applebee's s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Applebee's has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
When you come to Applebee's, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Taco Delite should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Taco Delite knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Taco Delite won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Our customers come for our delicious food. They stay in our free parking.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Taco Delite offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Taco Delite.
There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than at Taco Delite, so head on over today and chow down on some unique tacos.
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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