Visit A&W Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Marion's Marion.
A&W Restaurant is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
A&W Restaurant is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
If you feel like cooking up some good eats, stop by La Poblamita Grocery Store in Marion and pick up some tasty and healthy grocery items.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at La Poblamita Grocery Store.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from La Poblamita Grocery Store.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from La Poblamita Grocery Store.
You can never have enough canned goods stocked in your pantry. Pick some more up here.
Pick up some noodles from La Poblamita Grocery Store and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
If you're just getting into cooking, pick up some oil and vinegar from here and learn the basics of cooking with these necessities.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at La Poblamita Grocery Store.
The bread baked at La Poblamita Grocery Store gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Whether you are looking for short- or long-term parking, you can find both options nearby.
So when you're running low on groceries, head on over to La Poblamita Grocery Store in Marion and stock up on some tasty items.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill as well.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
If you're driving, that's no problem. Parking available onsite.
Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
The average check at Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Everyone's talking about Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Just because Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill has to offer.
A tasty pizza form Brooks Uppercrust Pizza and Grill is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
For fast food in Marion's Marion neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
McDonald's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to McDonald's.
At McDonald's, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this restaurant can exceed a jackhammer.
If you need to feed a big crowd, McDonald's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Your turn to pay the bill? McDonald's' low prices make it easy to enjoy great food without relying on credit cards.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy McDonald's since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
So when you're pressed for time or just want a really great burger, enjoy a quick meal at McDonald's.
Want all the flavor with none of the wait? Head on over to McDonald's today.
Caffeine addicts in Gas City flock to Paynes Custard and Coffee for a little extra energy throughout the day.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this coffee shop has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this coffee shop just as much as mom and dad.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Paynes Custard and Coffee.
Wifi is on the house at Paynes Custard and Coffee, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Paynes Custard and Coffee, known for its laid-back ambience.
With food this good, you'll be running into this coffee shop to pick it up yourself.
Paynes Custard and Coffee provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Paynes Custard and Coffee offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Planning a night out? Check out the affordable food and beverage menu at Paynes Custard and Coffee.
Paynes Custard and Coffee has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from Paynes Custard and Coffee and stay energized all day long.
Visit The Mill Fort Wayne for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Marion's Marion.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of The Mill Fort Wayne's al fresco patio seating.
The Mill Fort Wayne is a great location to host a group dinner.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at The Mill Fort Wayne, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from The Mill Fort Wayne as well.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Dining at The Mill Fort Wayne will set you back about $30 per person on average.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy The Mill Fort Wayne since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at The Mill Fort Wayne.
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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