Visit Hightopps Backstage Grille for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Lutherville Timonium's Lutherville - Timonium.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Hightopps Backstage Grille and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
At Hightopps Backstage Grille, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Hightopps Backstage Grille.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Hightopps Backstage Grille, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
It is not uncommon for Hightopps Backstage Grille to feature live tunes or a DJ.
Feel the beat on the restaurant dance floor and groove to live music.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Hightopps Backstage Grille is ultra casual.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Hightopps Backstage Grille for their catering services.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Parking is made simple at Hightopps Backstage Grille, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
The menu at Hightopps Backstage Grille is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Head on over to Hightopps Backstage Grille first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Hightopps Backstage Grille is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The friendly staff at Hightopps Backstage Grille are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Hightopps Backstage Grille.
Come to Padonia Station for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Padonia Station's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
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.
Padonia Station puts the happy in happy hour.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Padonia Station is a great summer destination.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Padonia Station for a group meal.
The noise at the restaurant can be positively thunderous, so save intimate conversations for another night.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Padonia Station's low-key style is the perfect match.
Can't get enough of Padonia Station's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Padonia Station for a great bite.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Padonia Station and munch on some American eats.
Pay Padonia Station a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Bertucci's' loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Be sure to take advantage of Bertucci's' BYOB policy and bring along your own beer or wine.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Bertucci's is a prime location to dine with a group.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Bertucci's, so dress for comfort when you come.
You can also have Bertucci's cater your next event.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Dining at Bertucci's will set you back about $30 per person on average.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Bertucci's.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Bertucci's, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Bertucci's.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Bertucci's.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Christopher Daniel Baltimore.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Christopher Daniel Baltimore makes it easy. Book your room today.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Christopher Daniel Baltimore, so dress for comfort when you come.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Christopher Daniel Baltimore is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Score free parking at the lot adjacent to Christopher Daniel Baltimore.
Prices at Christopher Daniel Baltimore typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
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 a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Christopher Daniel Baltimore who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Christopher Daniel Baltimore is all about.
Helmed by chef Jim Benson, Eleven Courses’ multifaceted team of chefs, artists, and organizers embraces the art of the party with elegant catering and event services ranging from in-home tastings to multicourse wedding feasts. Top-notch chefs curate nuanced tasting menus as well as wine and artisan-beer tastings that tease out the complementary tastes of bacon and beer or wine and truffles.
In addition to keeping kitchens alive and cooking, Jim’s team also handles the whys and wherefores of event planning. Resident visual artists contribute to cake and floral designs, and professional planners orchestrate happenings ranging from weddings and business meetings to black-tie fantasy-baseball drafts. Eleven Courses' staff members hone their skills at a range of regional events such as the Capital Bacon and Beer Bash, the Baltimore Bridal Show, the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival, and the 3rd Anniversary Hippodrome Foodie Experience with Andrew Zimmerman of Travel Channel fame. Eleven Courses has been featured on WTTG FOX 5 and WBAL 11.
Big tastes abound at Basta Pasta, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Basta Pasta is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Bring the Basta Pasta's great food to your place.
Parking is made simple at Basta Pasta, a local restaurant near street, valet and garage parking options.
At Basta Pasta, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Basta Pasta.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
For prime Italian fare, Basta Pasta is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
Is your mouth watering yet? Time to head over to Basta Pasta for some delicious Italian cuisine.
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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