Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Grumpy Jack's.
Grumpy Jack's' menu features a little something for everyone, even those who prefer vegan, low-fat and gluten-free options.
Cheer on your favorite team at Grumpy Jack's, a local restaurant with TVs.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Grumpy Jack's — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
The patio seating at Grumpy Jack's is perfect for those warm summer days.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Grumpy Jack's — it's strictly casual.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Grumpy Jack's for catering.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Grumpy Jack's offers safe bike parking outside.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Grumpy Jack's s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Grumpy Jack's who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Grumpy Jack's for your next meal.
Kimi Sushi and Grille's extensive sushi menu earns top-notch ratings from its local patrons — be sure to roll on over and judge for yourself.
Those who prefer to eat vegan will love the menu at Kimi Sushi and Grille.
This sushi spot's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This sushi spot serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Free wifi is available as well.
Give the sushi spot a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Kimi Sushi and Grille promotes formal attire, so you can finally get some use out of your favorite, dressiest dress.
No time to sit down? No worries! This sushi spot offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
You can also have Kimi Sushi and Grille cater your next event.
At Kimi Sushi and Grille, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the sushi spot.
Menu items at Kimi Sushi and Grille tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Kimi Sushi and Grille is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Port Jefferson.
So when you are in the mood for fresh sushi, pay Kimi Sushi and Grille a visit and enjoy some great dishes.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Pasta Pasta, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Pasta Pasta is creating great gluten-free versions of its best dishes.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Pasta Pasta — just right for large and merry gatherings.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Pasta Pasta's style.
Or, take your food to go.
Pasta Pasta can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Pasta Pasta.
Pasta Pasta offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Meals at Pasta Pasta are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Pasta Pasta.
You don't need a plane ticket to experience all the best flavors of Italy. They're all under one roof at Pasta Pasta.
Kick back, relax and chow down on all your favorite diner classics at Mount Sinai Heritage Diner.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
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.
The large dining space at Mount Sinai Heritage Diner provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Mount Sinai Heritage Diner's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Mount Sinai Heritage Diner.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Mount Sinai Heritage Diner s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Convenience is essential at Mount Sinai Heritage Diner, and food is served from morning until night.
So sit back and relax with a delicious meal at Mount Sinai Heritage Diner, your casual neighborhood diner.
Head over to Mount Sinai Heritage Diner — your order's up.
When you go to Amici and order any of their delicious Italian dishes, that's amore.
Health nuts will love Amici for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Raise your glass at Amici's happy hour.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
At Amici, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Comfort is prioritized at Amici, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Love the food at this restaurant but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Prices at Amici are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Amici serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Amici.
For tasty veggie-friendly fare, head over to Tiger Lilly Cafe.
Those with dietary needs will appreciate the vegan, gluten-free and low-fat meal options at Tiger Lilly Cafe.
Got kids? No problem at Tiger Lilly Cafe! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Tiger Lilly Cafe's outdoor patio.
Your group can sit comfortably at Tiger Lilly Cafe, a local restaurant.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Tiger Lilly Cafe, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Tiger Lilly Cafe tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Tiger Lilly Cafe also offers catering.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Tiger Lilly Cafe.
Tiger Lilly Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Everyone can find something they like with the delicious vegetarian food at Tiger Lilly Cafe.
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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