Tucker's Main Street Cafe in Newport is easy to navigate, making your trip to the grocery store quick and efficient.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
The bread baked at Tucker's Main Street Cafe gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Tucker's Main Street Cafe.
Get your noodle on! Tucker's Main Street Cafe has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
When you need a quick side dish to go with your main course, pick up some canned good options from here.
If you're seeking high quality meats, look no further than here. From chicken to beef, you can find everything you need in one location.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Tucker's Main Street Cafe and feel energized all day.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Tucker's Main Street Cafe.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
So make Tucker's Main Street Cafe in Newport your one-stop shop for everything you need to stock up your kitchen.
At Sunshine Cafe in Talbott, you can stock up on all of your grocery items that you need for the week.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Sunshine Cafe has all of your pasta necessities.
Luckily for you, this place has delicious meat in stock for your cooking.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
When you're trying to upgrade your cooking, adding flavor is essential. Create supple and tarter flavors by exploring the wonders vinegar and oil can add to your cuisine by shopping for them here.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Sunshine Cafe and stay on the go all the time.
Sunshine Cafe can hook you up with the latest coffee and tea beverages.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
A healthy and light snack from Sunshine Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Feeling hungry? Make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner even better with some great seasonings and spices from here.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Sunshine Cafe.
Stock up on canned good so you'll always have the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Sunshine Cafe serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
You don't have to be worried about parking. If you are heading to Sunshine Cafe, there are plenty of options nearby.
Whether you need fresh herbs or just the basics, Sunshine Cafe in Talbott makes it easy to round out any recipe.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Lisa's Country Kitchen for American-style cuisine.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Lisa's Country Kitchen is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Lisa's Country Kitchen can also cater your next party; call today for details.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
At Lisa's Country Kitchen, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Lisa's Country Kitchen offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Lisa's Country Kitchen s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Lisa's Country Kitchen, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The friendly staff at Lisa's Country Kitchen are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Make your way over to Lisa's Country Kitchen and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
Lisa's Country Kitchen has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
For Dutch fare done right, try Little Dutch Restaurant.
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 is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels.
Or, take your food to go.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Little Dutch Restaurant for catering.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Little Dutch Restaurant.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Little Dutch Restaurant.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Little Dutch Restaurant is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
Little Dutch Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
If you haven't yet, it might be time to try great Dutch food at Little Dutch Restaurant.
For true American comfort food, head to Cracker Barrel for a sandwich or side of fries.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
At Cracker Barrel, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Cracker Barrel is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Cracker Barrel tastes like pure heaven!
So when you just need a place to go, Cracker Barrel is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Newport.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Cracker Barrel today.
Sirloin, filet, hanger, rib-eye...find the (five-star) steak that's calling your name at top-rated Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon cater for you.
Easy parking is accessible for Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon's diners.
Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Meals at Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
If you're always on the hunt for the next great steak, be sure to dine at Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon where the ratings don't lie.
So treat yourself to a nice dinner for a change and indulge in a tasty steak from Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon.
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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