Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Carson's Creekside Restaurant caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Carson's Creekside Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Carson's Creekside Restaurant when the weather is warm.
Carson's Creekside Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Carson's Creekside Restaurant also offers catering.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
At Carson's Creekside Restaurant, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Taste the greatness Carson's Creekside Restaurant is serving up with meals around $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Carson's Creekside Restaurant since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Carson's Creekside Restaurant and munch on some American eats.
Carson's Creekside Restaurant has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Qdoba Mexican Grill hits a home run with each and every order.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Be sure to check out Qdoba Mexican Grill's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Qdoba Mexican Grill with their complimentary wifi.
You can also serve food from Qdoba Mexican Grill at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Qdoba Mexican Grill.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to Qdoba Mexican Grill.
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Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill in Middle River.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Wifi is on the house at Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
At Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
You can also have Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill cater your next event.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Prices at Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Mama Rosa Rotisserie and Grill's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Score your next slice at Mustang Pizza and Subs — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Mustang Pizza and Subs, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
No need to dress up for a trip to Mustang Pizza and Subs — the casual pizzeria encourages laid-back attire.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Mustang Pizza and Subs also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Delivery and carryout are easy options for those interested in staying home.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Mustang Pizza and Subs.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Mustang Pizza and Subs' great restaurant.
If your lunch hour is limited, swing by McDonald's for a quick burger and fries.
Quit fat and gluten at McDonald's, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
At McDonald's, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
No need to put on airs for a trip to McDonald's — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
At McDonald's, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
McDonald's has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
So don't let a good burger pass you by. Stop by McDonald's today and try one of the signature burgers.
So stop by McDonald's today and enjoy the convenience of a quick and easy meal option.
At Little China Chinese Restaurnt in Middle River, guests can sample the Chinese menu and choose from numerous highly-rated options.
Little China Chinese Restaurnt is making food that is not just healthy but also makes your taste buds happy.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Little China Chinese Restaurnt for next to nothing.
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So when you're in the mood for some good fortune and great Chinese fare, make your way to Little China Chinese Restaurnt.
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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