Massimo Fedozzi, the new chef at Cavendish & Ross, is taking the helm as the restaurant transitions from a traditional steakhouse to a neighborhood Italian restaurant and chophouse. Fedozzi has over 30 years of experience and has won several awards at his previous restaurants on Long Island and in Florida, including several AAA Four Diamonds, multiple three-star ratings from both Mobil and the New York Times, and a three-and-a-half star rating from Newsday. In addition, he was named "One of the Top Twenty Chefs in Central Florida_ by Restaurant Forum.
The newly-updated menu at Cavendish & Ross features a wide variety of Italian cuisine. The menu starts with such appetizers as crab cakes with tomato compote, cucumber slaw, and chipotle honey, or Bruschetta OTB, which comes with mozzarella, balsamic tomatoes, and olive tapenade on grilled ciabatta bread. Entrees range from Italian favorites, such as fettuccine or lasagna Bolognese, to grilled, grass-fed New York strip steak or the grilled Duroc pork chop. Cavendish & Ross's signature burger is an eight-ounce blend with brie cheese, caramelized onions, and hickory-smoked bacon served on ciabatta bread with hand-cut fries and a pickle. Desserts at C&R include flourless chocolate cake and tiramisu.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Your mouth will be watering from the fantastic meats available at this location.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Mediterranean Cafe.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
A healthy and light snack from Mediterranean Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
These fresh and flavorful canned food items will come in handy when you need a quick and convenient dinner option.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Mediterranean Cafe.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
At Mediterranean Cafe, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Mediterranean Cafe's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Mediterranean Cafe.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Mediterranean Cafe? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Mercato is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Mercato.
Mercato is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Mercato.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Mercato in jeans and a hoodie.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Mercato offers catering.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Mercato.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Mercato will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Mercato accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Mercato is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Mercato and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Mercato and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Mercato.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Mercato.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Mary's Pizza and Pasta's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Mary's Pizza and Pasta, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Mary's Pizza and Pasta won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
For the tastes of Mary's Pizza and Pasta from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Mary's Pizza and Pasta is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
So come taste the pizza at Mary's Pizza and Pasta for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Just because Mary's Pizza and Pasta 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.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Mary's Pizza and Pasta, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Mary's Pizza and Pasta and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
The Good Life is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Got kids? No problem at The Good Life! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at The Good Life.
The Good Life is a prime location to dine with a group.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit The Good Life during the slower weekday hours.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so The Good Life encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
For the tastes of The Good Life from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
At The Good Life, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at The Good Life.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into The Good Life's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at The Good Life.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated The Good Life.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint in Massapequa Park.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Get to dinner early — Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint does not accept reservations.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint — attire is casual.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint.
Those driving to Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
So make plans to have the best barbecue in town for dinner. Why not tomorrow?
Just remember to swing by Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint next time you're dreaming about smoked brisket or a side of slaw. Barbecue at its best is well within reach.
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.
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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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