Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Johnny's Restaurant.
Johnny's Restaurant's chefs have carefully created a menu filled with flavorful and healthy eats.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Can't get enough of Johnny's Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at Johnny's Restaurant.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Johnny's Restaurant, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Johnny's Restaurant has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
So when you just need a place to go, Johnny's Restaurant is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Manteca.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Milano's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
The chefs at Milano's Pizza know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Milano's Pizza's free wifi.
At Milano's Pizza, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
On warmer days, take advantage of Milano's Pizza's outdoor seating.
At Milano's Pizza, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Milano's Pizza as well.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
At Milano's Pizza, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Milano's Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Milano's Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head on over to Milano's Pizza, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Milano's Pizza and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Visit Manteca's Weber's BBQ and More for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
At Weber's BBQ and More, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Weber's BBQ and More and order great food.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Weber's BBQ and More is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Through their catering service, Weber's BBQ and More can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Weber's BBQ and More's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Weber's BBQ and More provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So pay Weber's BBQ and More a visit today and dig into some delicious and fresh barbecue dishes.
So get a little messy with your next meal, and swing by Weber's BBQ and More for some of the best barbecue in town.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers offers crave-able burger creations, such as a barbecue burger or a classic cheeseburger.
Gluten-sensitive diners can still find plenty of options on Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' menu, as can vegans.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This burger joint serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Throwing a big party? Count on Red Robin Gourmet Burgers to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this burger joint.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Travel by bike to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and store your bike at a nearby rack.
A meal at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers will typically set you back about $30.
So head over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where they've put a deliciously unique spin on the classic American burger.
So pay Red Robin Gourmet Burgers a visit today and fill up on a juicy and flavorful burger.
Grilled, seasoned, and served to perfection, Burger King is a prime burger joint everyone can enjoy.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Burger King has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Free wifi is available as well.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Burger King, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Burger King.
A relatively loud burger joint, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Burger King's tasty dishes at your next party.
Don't feel like dining out? Place your order, sit back and relax while Burger King delivers right to your door.
Driving to Burger King? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Burger King is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Head on over to Burger King first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Burger King is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when your stomach starts growling, make your way over to Burger King and satisfy your hunger with a juicy burger.
Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at Taqueria La Estrella.
Treat yourself to a healthy meal at Taqueria La Estrella, a local restaurant.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Taqueria La Estrella's gorgeous patio.
For no extra charge, utilize Taqueria La Estrella's free wifi.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Show up a bit early if you want to be seated right away — Taqueria La Estrella doesn't take reservations.
Taqueria La Estrella prides itself in its delicious catering.
You've heard correctly. This restaurant offers both delivery or carryout.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Taqueria La Estrella.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Taqueria La Estrella s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Taqueria La Estrella and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
So switch up your normal lunch or dinner routine and try one of Taqueria La Estrella's tasty Mexican dishes.
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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