As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats.
It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans.
After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company.
We make quality food fresh just for you!
Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection.
Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Try stopping at Kroger in Mishawaka to take care of your grocery needs. With well-stocked aisles and various specialty goods, you'll love shopping there.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Kroger.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Kroger and get cooking.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
If you're looking for a great coffee or tea beverage, the team at Kroger will help you out.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
Whether you prefer your sandwich hot or cold, Kroger serves up both tasty options.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Everyone loves cereal in the morning. Stop in to get your family's favorites.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Everyone wishes they had more time, but when you start shopping the selection of canned foods at Kroger, you actually will have more time because of the food's ease of preparation.
Bread at Kroger is absolutely delicious.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Kroger.
This store has quite a selection of rich spices and seasonings.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Kroger has to offer.
Here you can find a large number of high-quality staples, such as tasty and healthy oil and vinegar options.
Whether you are looking for short- or long-term parking, you can find both options nearby.
So when hunger pains strike, get everything on your grocery list at Kroger.
Italian eats can be found at Carrabba's Italian Grill, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Guess what? Carrabba's Italian Grill serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Carrabba's Italian Grill, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Warm weather brings out Carrabba's Italian Grill's highly coveted patio seating.
Carrabba's Italian Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Catering services are also available.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Carrabba's Italian Grill is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Carrabba's Italian Grill dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Carrabba's Italian Grill is well worth every penny!
Carrabba's Italian Grill knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
Come taste what Corndance Tavern is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Corndance Tavern.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
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.
Plan your next big gathering at Corndance Tavern — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Corndance Tavern's free wifi.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Corndance Tavern, where dress code calls for business casual.
Bring the Corndance Tavern's great food to your place.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
With a parking lot adjacent to Corndance Tavern, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Corndance Tavern.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Corndance Tavern for a great bite.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Corndance Tavern tastes like pure heaven!
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Corndance Tavern.
As its multi-star ratings show, Outback Steakhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Outback Steakhouse serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Outback Steakhouse can seat both large and small groups.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Outback Steakhouse wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Can't get enough of Outback Steakhouse's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Outback Steakhouse is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Meals at Outback Steakhouse are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Outback Steakhouse is sure to hit the spot.
When you have a hankering for a tasty and juicy steak, pay Outback Steakhouse a visit.
A culinary gem, Bonefish Grill in Mishawaka on W Edison Rd is a hugely-popular spot for flavorsome seafood and good steak. It's a culinary destination for visitors interested in fantastic service and a fantastic meal.
Many fans will agree that Bonefish Grill is known for its appetizers. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, though the price can be a bit higher than average, the overall experience definitely justifies it. Glancing at the menu prices, you can definitely dine for less than $20 per person, and can probably get in and out somewhere in the $10-to-$15 range, if you try.
At some point, everyone should try the crab cakes or the bang bang shrimp, as they'll both make a good impression. In terms of the restaurant itself, it's been tabbed as a nice option for both large groups and families with children. If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a pretty broad selection at its bar.
One of the top upscale franchises in the area, a trip to this Bonefish Grill is definitely worthwhile. Its meal is known to be "great." Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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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