If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, La Bodega Mexican Restaurant should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Health nuts will love La Bodega Mexican Restaurant for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
La Bodega Mexican Restaurant is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at La Bodega Mexican Restaurant.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at La Bodega Mexican Restaurant and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
To get seated fast on a weeknight, you may want to call ahead and make a reservation — after-work crowds can fill the place up.
La Bodega Mexican Restaurant is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Through their catering service, La Bodega Mexican Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for La Bodega Mexican Restaurant's diners.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at La Bodega Mexican Restaurant.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! La Bodega Mexican Restaurant will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
So come to La Bodega Mexican Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at La Bodega Mexican Restaurant.
So when you're seeking a new Mexican restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated La Bodega Mexican Restaurant.
For tasty Mexican fare, Midland's On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina is hard to top.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
The happy hour at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina offers deals you won't want to miss.
Book a room at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Al fresco eating options are also available at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
Leave the suit and tie at home — On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina is business casual all the way.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina cater for you.
In addition to its great location, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina is also located near plenty of parking options.
On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
So switch up your normal lunch or dinner routine and try one of On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's tasty Mexican dishes.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Outback Steakhouse grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse is a haven for fans of low-fat fare, and healthy living is promoted through a fresh and flavorful menu.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
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.
Whether you have a large or small group, Outback Steakhouse can accommodate both.
At Outback Steakhouse, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
That's right! Outback Steakhouse will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
You can also grab your food to go.
With meters and potential tickets, you'll thank us for our onsite parking!
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Outback Steakhouse s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
When you want prime beef that will make your mouth water, come to Outback Steakhouse where the flavor (and the ratings) are out of this world.
So head to Outback Steakhouse, where they're putting a unique twist on the classic steak dinner that's sure to leave your taste buds wanting more.
Fairmont Park's Johnny Carino's knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Johnny Carino's.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Johnny Carino's honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Johnny Carino's also offers catering.
Score a close parking spot at Johnny Carino's.
Johnny Carino's offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Johnny Carino's s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Johnny Carino's time and time again.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
Come see why the Italian food at Johnny Carino's is well worth the price.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Johnny Carino's.
Ginger-infused entrees and chili-based sauces flood the menu at Kuo's Chinese Restaurant, where the Chinese fare is applauded as top-of-the-line and diners dish out star reviews.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Kuo's Chinese Restaurant.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Between the music and the crowds, Kuo's Chinese Restaurant's noise levels can be intense.
Can't get enough of Kuo's Chinese Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Kuo's Chinese Restaurant.
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.
So take your next meal to the next level and treat yourself to an upscale Chinese meal from Kuo's Chinese Restaurant.
So when you're in the mood for some good fortune and great Chinese fare, make your way to Kuo's Chinese Restaurant.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
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.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant is close to multiple parking options.
Commute by bike to Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
So the next time you go out for a real steak dinner, don't settle. Come to highly-rated Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant.
Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant serves up steaks that are filled with endless flavor notes, so head on over today and see what the buzz is all about.
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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