MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a local favorite that not only serves excellent, fully-customizable burgers, but also reminds you what exceptional Guest service looks and feels like. (In case you forgot, it feels pretty darn good.) The menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters, and is inclusive to most dietary restrictions. Fresh toppings, high quality ingredients, and unbelievably flavorful – need we go on? This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends, or an enjoyable lunch option if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your office cubicle. Just a reminder: unlike MOOYAH, your cubicle doesn’t have a giant MOODLE DOODLE board that you can release your inner Picasso on.
Sip on an ice-cold beverage, while your burger sizzles on the grill. Sink your teeth into their fresh-baked buns, and savor each and every delectable fry. Seal the deal with a hand-spun, 100% real ice cream shake – the closest you’ll ever come to heaven on Earth. Tickle your taste buds, and stir your senses at MOOYAH – where every Guest is not only important, but a part of the family.
It's about time you stopped into China Cafe for their superb offerings of food at their grocery store in Mc Allen.
If you're looking for low-fat food, look elsewhere. If you're looking for great-tasting food, come to China Cafe.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from China Cafe and get cooking.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at China Cafe.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
Purchase an assortment of meats from here and gather up the whole family for a nice Sunday dinner.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at China Cafe for all your protein and calcium needs.
Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
For cool, refreshing H20, China Cafe's got you covered.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Here you can find a wide range of great spices and seasonings to make your next dish more flavorful and creative.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from China Cafe and feel energized all day.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
When you come home late, you don't want to wait to eat. That's why picking up some canned foods from China Cafe will help speed up prep time on just those very nights.
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.
Heading to China Cafe? Take the whole family along for a fun shopping trip and find easy parking nearby.
Bike parking is quick and easy at China Cafe.
When you have the urge to get down in the kitchen, pick up some grocery items at China Cafe in Mc Allen and start cooking.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery have McAllen visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the pizzeria's menu.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery offers a new take on healthy dining.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this pizzeria.
Access the Internet free of charge via Bj's Restaurant and Brewery's complimentary wifi.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Bj's Restaurant and Brewery will ensure that it is delicious.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the pizzeria and easily park nearby.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Bj's Restaurant and Brewery s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the pizzeria, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Bj's Restaurant and Brewery where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery?
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at The Republic of The Rio Grande, an excellent Mexican spot in McAllen revered by fans as one of the best.
The healthy meal options at The Republic of The Rio Grande are bold, colorful and filled with flavor.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on The Republic of The Rio Grande's outdoor patio.
Can't get enough of The Republic of The Rio Grande's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
At The Republic of The Rio Grande, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, The Republic of The Rio Grande is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make The Republic of The Rio Grande your first stop.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by The Republic of The Rio Grande and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
So switch up your normal lunch or dinner routine and try one of The Republic of The Rio Grande's tasty Mexican dishes.
It's always a party at Taco Palenque, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Wifi is on the house at Taco Palenque, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Taco Palenque.
Taco Palenque has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Between the music and the crowds, Taco Palenque's noise levels can be intense.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Taco Palenque's business casual code.
Catering services are also available.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Taco Palenque for easy access to parking lots.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
The menu at Taco Palenque includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Taco Palenque.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Taco Palenque.
Taco Palenque provides diners with a unique Mexican dining experience, so head on over today and enjoy some great eats.
Mama Mia Pizzeria does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the pizzeria's menu.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Mama Mia Pizzeria.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Your group can sit comfortably at Mama Mia Pizzeria, a local restaurant.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this pizzeria.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Mama Mia Pizzeria to create the perfect night.
Street and lot parking is simple near Mama Mia Pizzeria.
Mama Mia Pizzeria offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Mama Mia Pizzeria offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Critics award the most brownie points to the pizzeria's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Mama Mia Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Mama Mia Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Mama Mia Pizzeria's pizza.
Mama Mia Pizzeria cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
So head on over to Mama Mia Pizzeria and order a pizza filled with all of your favorite yummy toppings.
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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