G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Schlotzskys Deli's impressive coffee and tea connection.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Don't let the amazing deals at this place pass you by. When you stop in today, you'll be able to browse an absolutely fabulous selection of vinegar and oil that can mean transformative changes to your cuisine.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Schlotzskys Deli and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Schlotzskys Deli.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
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.
Canned goods are a kitchen staple. Don't be caught without them.
If you're looking for an alternative to everyday cooking, the frozen bites here are a great way to go.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Schlotzskys Deli.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Patrons of Schlotzskys Deli will love the convenience of the nearby parking spaces.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Schwans and get cooking.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
Schwans' selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
For that late night at the office or a last-minute change of plans, this frozen food is both scrumptious and convenient for your schedule.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Schwans will certainly come in hand.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
Stock up on canned good so you'll always have the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Schwans.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Luckily for you, this place has delicious meat in stock for your cooking.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Make use of the safe parking options near Schwans and reap the great benefits of parking close by.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at NYNY Pizza — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at NYNY Pizza. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this pizzeria, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Parents appreciate this pizzeria's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
At NYNY Pizza, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at NYNY Pizza, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
NYNY Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Cyclists are in luck. NYNY Pizza provides bike parking.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at NYNY Pizza.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to NYNY Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by NYNY Pizza and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
When Sean "Sully" Sullivan was a kid, he loved eating hot dogs with his mom at the Woolworth's lunch counter. He loved franks so much, in fact, that even as a small-bellied 7-year-old, he'd routinely put away two. In opening Cori's Dog House in 2009 and naming it for his daughter, Sully resurrects the culinary component of his favorite childhood memories—complete with the butter-grilled, New England–style bun. A staggering 35 different toppings provide practically endless combinations, meaning diners will never have to eat the same sausage twice and can easily update their wardrobes with new mustard stains.
To help customers narrow down their cravings, Sully's grouped 35 different hot-dog combinations by region. The East menu, for example, is home to the maple-baked-bean-smothered Boston Nor'Easter, while the Midwest/Central menu includes the sauerkraut-and-swiss-laden Kansas City. Hand-cut french fries, hand-breaded onion rings, and high-fived fried pickles form a few of the sides, while overloaded sandwiches offer non-dog options. Business is going so well, says Sully, that Cori has "only fired me four times, but hires me back two minutes later when she realizes she has to do the work."
For wings with a ton of zest, Mount Juliet's Buffalo Wild Wings has got you covered.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Buffalo Wild Wings offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Skip long waits and head to Buffalo Wild Wings with your large group for easy seating.
The patio tables outside of Buffalo Wild Wings are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Throwing a big party? Count on Buffalo Wild Wings to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Buffalo Wild Wings.
Travel by bike to Buffalo Wild Wings and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Buffalo Wild Wings offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
The menu at Buffalo Wild Wings includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
So get your wing-eating on at Buffalo Wild Wings 1.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Red Robin caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Being gluten-free and turning down tasty food are not the same things, and the cooks at Red Robin will prove to you why not.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Red Robin is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Red Robin, known for its laid-back ambience.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
Red Robin knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Red Robin serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Red Robin is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
So round up your friends and head over to Red Robin for a casual American meal.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Red Robin 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.
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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