Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Sheetz.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
For mouthwatering meats at an affordable price, head over here and get a bang for your buck.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
Get your noodle on! Sheetz has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
The healthy and tasty canned food items from Sheetz make great side dishes and cooking ingredients.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Sheetz.
The bread baked at Sheetz gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
If you are traveling by car, make sure you make use of the nearby parking options during your visit.
Visit Glory Days Grill of Ranson for some true American comfort food.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Glory Days Grill of Ranson's happy hour.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Glory Days Grill of Ranson diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Whether you have a large or small group, Glory Days Grill of Ranson can accommodate both.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
At Glory Days Grill of Ranson, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Glory Days Grill of Ranson also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Glory Days Grill of Ranson for easy access to parking lots.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Glory Days Grill of Ranson has to offer.
Glory Days Grill of Ranson accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Glory Days Grill of Ranson for tasty American fare.
So round up your friends and head over to Glory Days Grill of Ranson for a casual American meal.
Swing by The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub in Shepherdstown for your next meal.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Perfect for after-work outings, The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub's happy hour is hard to beat.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub's free wifi hotspot.
Come order a flavorful feast at The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub, and sit outside if it's nice!
At The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub as well.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub to create the perfect night.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the South Princess Street location.
The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Menu items at The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at The Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Outback Steakhouse in Martinsburg offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon.
Health nuts will also appreciate the lighter fare on the menu, including a few gluten-free options.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Outback Steakhouse is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Outback Steakhouse's low-key style is the perfect match.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
For the tastes of Outback Steakhouse from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Don't fuss with street parking. We've got some parking available.
At Outback Steakhouse, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Outback Steakhouse is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
For the best cuts in town, you just have to try Outback Steakhouse.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Maria's Taqueria in Shepherdstown — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
At Maria's Taqueria, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Maria's Taqueria caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Maria's Taqueria's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's West German Street location offers nearby street parking.
Maria's Taqueria is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
The grub at Maria's Taqueria is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Maria's Taqueria.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Maria's Taqueria and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
Maria's Taqueria serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Casa Gonzalez, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Casa Gonzalez with their charming outdoor seating.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Casa Gonzalez cater for you.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Casa Gonzalez's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Casa Gonzalez.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to Casa Gonzalez.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, Casa Gonzalez has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
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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