For signature rolls with rave reviews, people can't stop talking about the four-star sushi served at Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this sushi spot offers a variety of drink options.
Families will feel right at home at this sushi spot with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Free wifi is available as well.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill's beautiful outdoor seating area.
At Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For the tastes of Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill from the comfort of your next party, the sushi spot also offers catering services.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the sushi spot.
Taste the greatness Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill is serving up with meals around $30.
Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Mount Pleasant.
Be sure to try a deliciously creative roll from the sushi masters at Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill today.
Locals head to Oriental Garden for a night of fresh food, fun, and atmosphere.
This sushi spot also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Got kids? No problem at Oriental Garden! This sushi spot is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the sushi spot dress informally.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Don't spend time searching for parking — visitors are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Oriental Garden.
Oriental Garden may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the sushi spot's dinner menu will blow you away.
With so many types of rolls available at Oriental Garden, you're going to want to try them all!
Drawing inspiration from half a world away, Bambu's chefs embrace the vibrant flavors and sharp presentation of traditional Japanese cuisine. The menu features a broad selection of nigiri and sashimi, as well as more than 40 different maki, including signature rolls made with everything from lobster tempura and sriracha to spicy tuna and seared scallops. Although the chefs also try their hand at Thai cuisine by making pad thai and coconut-tinged red curries, the majority of the menu remains true to its Japanese roots. Beef teriyaki, edamame with sea salt, and tempura-fried green beans all appear prominently on the pages.
Inside the dining room, Bambu's aesthetic reinforces its ties to Pacific culture. Lanterns dangle from the ceiling, mimicking the appearance of jellyfish, although a mural of a blossoming tree is also present along one wall. Beyond the main dining room, Bambu also features an outdoor seating section complete with water features and potted plants that give one the feeling of being in a faraway country or a millionaire's yard.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Coleman Public House.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Coleman Public House's free wifi hotspot.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Coleman Public House and order great food.
Coleman Public House is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
If you're hitting Coleman Public House on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
The dress code at Coleman Public House is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Call Coleman Public House for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Coleman Public House is located near endless free parking options.
Coleman Public House offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Coleman Public House, so plan your budget accordingly.
At Coleman Public House, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Coleman Public House.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Coleman Public House is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Coleman Public House today.
Although few would think to pile peanut butter and bacon onto a burger, the PB3—which has both—is a favorite of Luke 'n Ollie's Pizzeria owner Jonathan Swartz and a legion of loyal customers. According to The Island Eye News, after tasting a similar creation in New Orleans, Swartz worked on his own to add to the Luke ‘n Ollie’s menu. Swartz is an expert at adding creative twists to entrees: his chicken sandwich delights tongues with teriyaki sauce and pineapple. But his pizzeria doesn’t shy away from sticking to the classics. Its pizza crusts—made New York-style by a local baker who follows Swartz’s own secret recipe—pile with mozzarella, pecorino, and fresh ingredients, and diners can bite into traditional meatball or eggplant-parmesan subs while lounging amid the dining room’s exposed brick and black-and-white tiled floor.
Guests can also dine alfresco near palm trees on the patio, where the breeze mercifully dries foreheads as their owners take on the Steak Bomb Challenge. A fan of the Food Network and its creative competitions, Swartz decided to create his own challenge: 10 ounces of philly cheesesteak, 8 ounces of hamburger, 4 ounces of italian sausage, and a quarter pound of melted mozzarella sandwiched onto an 18-inch italian sub bun, all flanked by mountains of french fries. If diners can chow it all down in under an hour, they get it for free. Although many have tried, few brave American heroes have gotten their photos tacked up on the Wall of Winners.
Before leaving, diners should remember to get their photo taken or their portrait painted with Ollie, the 5-foot dog statue on the front patio who dons anything from bathing suits to Hazmat suits to Santa hats according to the seasons.
Chicken lovers flock to Kickin' Chicken for a taste of the best in town.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Kickin' Chicken will leave you happy and full.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Kickin' Chicken's free wifi hotspot.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Kickin' Chicken.
At Kickin' Chicken, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Kickin' Chicken, which embraces a casual vibe.
This restaurant also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
You can also have Kickin' Chicken cater your next event.
Free parking is available in a lot near Kickin' Chicken.
Kickin' Chicken is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Kickin' Chicken s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Kickin' Chicken since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For chicken so good it'll feel like heaven, Kickin' Chicken is absolutely the only place to go.
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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