Find your basic grocery items and more at Simply Seafood in Killingworth and get all of your grocery shopping done in one stop.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Simply Seafood for some hydration while you're on the move.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Upgrade your barbecue by selecting from the fine meats available here.
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from Simply Seafood.
Grab a loaf of bread from Simply Seafood and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
If you're looking for a quick and tasty side dish to go with your meal, check out these great canned food items.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Simply Seafood.
Just a pinch of one of the seasonings and spices available here will help take your meal to greatness.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Simply Seafood.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Get your noodle on! Simply Seafood has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
When you're trying to upgrade your cooking, adding flavor is essential. Create supple and tarter flavors by exploring the wonders vinegar and oil can add to your cuisine by shopping for them here.
Who's hungry? A frozen entree will fool anyone's palate, so why waste time cooking up a storm?
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Drivers will appreciate the great parking options in the area.
Fresh food that lasts longer is just asking to be bought. Find it at Killingworth's Simply Seafood.
At Friends and Company, you can skip the meat without skipping the flavor.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Friends and Company's complimentary wifi.
The patio tables outside of Friends and Company are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Take it nice and easy at Friends and Company, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Catering services are also available.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Friends and Company.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Vegetarians should never be afraid to eat out, and the great options at Friends and Company prove it!
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Friends and Company.
So round up your friends and head over to Friends and Company for a casual American meal.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Friends and Company.
Try the tasty Chinese fare (sprinkled with five-star ratings) offered at Taste of China.
Taste of China will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Taste of China is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Taste of China — it's strictly casual.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Taste of China is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Parking is always free and easy when you dine at Taste of China.
Taste of China offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Taste of China offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
What are you waiting for? Pay Taste of China a visit today and treat yourself to some upscale Chinese fare.
If you have a desire to munch and crunch on some traditional Chinese fare, head on over to Taste of China.
Fresh fare can be found at Rocky's Aqua, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The menu at Rocky's Aqua is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Rocky's Aqua has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Families will feel right at home at Rocky's Aqua with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
A private room is available for reservation at Rocky's Aqua for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Rocky's Aqua, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Eat outdoors Rocky's Aqua (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
Rocky's Aqua welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Rocky's Aqua will ensure that it is delicious.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
At Rocky's Aqua, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Rocky's Aqua's moderately priced fare.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Rocky's Aqua.
Rocky's Aqua dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at The Red Tomato Pizzeria, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! The Red Tomato Pizzeria has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Skip long waits and head to The Red Tomato Pizzeria with your large group for easy seating.
The music and crowds can create quite a racket at The Red Tomato Pizzeria — noise levels can reach the upper registers.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the pizzeria dress informally.
Or, take your food to go.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to The Red Tomato Pizzeria.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, The Red Tomato Pizzeria is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Critics award the most brownie points to the pizzeria's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? The Red Tomato Pizzeria is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to The Red Tomato Pizzeria and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Clinton's Grand Pizza Shoreline for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Grand Pizza Shoreline has you covered on both fronts.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Grand Pizza Shoreline.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Grand Pizza Shoreline, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Grand Pizza Shoreline's tasty dishes at your next party.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the pizzeria.
At Grand Pizza Shoreline, you will want to bring cash for your meal since it's a cash-only restaurant.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the pizzeria is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When you need a quick dinner option for the whole family, stop by Grand Pizza Shoreline and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza.
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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