With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, you'll be in the historical district and close to Cannonsburgh Village and Stones River National Battlefield.
Make yourself at home in one of the 168 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting, down comforters, and Egyptian cotton sheets. Relax and take in pool and courtyard views from the privacy of your room. Flat-panel televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature handheld showerheads and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Planning an event in Murfreesboro? This hotel has 4000 square feet (372 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge during limited hours, and free self parking is available onsite.
Plan out your weekly meals and head to International Grocery in Murfreesboro to pick up your breakfast, lunch and dinner ingredients.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at International Grocery? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Don't wait for things like rice to cook when you don't have to. The great selection of frozen food here helps you speed up the cooking time for any number of different foods.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Whether you're cooking for yourself or for your family, some canned goods from here are a great side choice for lunch or dinner.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from International Grocery and sip your way to happiness.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Here you can find an assortment of meats, such as pork and chicken, to meet your personal needs.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
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.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from International Grocery.
Bread at International Grocery is absolutely delicious.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from International Grocery and slurp your way to happiness.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Get all your groceries from International Grocery and whip up a meal in minutes.
Take a trip to Coconut Bay Cafe in Murfreesboro and make your next meal a good one.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Just around the workday bend are Coconut Bay Cafe's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Coconut Bay Cafe for a group meal.
At Coconut Bay Cafe, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Pull your partner onto the dance floor — the restaurant provides more than enough room to twist the night away.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
The dress code is strictly casual at Coconut Bay Cafe, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Bring the Coconut Bay Cafe's great food to your place.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Going out can be expensive. That's why we have our own free parking lot, so you spend your money on more fun things.
Coconut Bay Cafe is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Coconut Bay Cafe accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Coconut Bay Cafe's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Old Chicago's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Old Chicago.
At Old Chicago, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
At Old Chicago, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Sound levels can reach upper decibel levels at the pizzeria, so sensitive ears beware!
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Old Chicago's style.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Old Chicago for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Cyclists are in luck. Old Chicago provides bike parking.
Everyone's talking about Old Chicago. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Old Chicago, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
So head over to Old Chicago, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Old Chicago?
Select your own cut of meat at Parthenon Steak House, an upscale steakhouse in Murfreesboro.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Don't miss out on the private room at Parthenon Steak House — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Parthenon Steak House's complimentary wifi.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Parthenon Steak House and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
At Parthenon Steak House, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Parthenon Steak House will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Parthenon Steak House offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Parthenon Steak House, so plan your budget accordingly.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Parthenon Steak House serves up steaks that are grilled to perfection, so swing by today and enjoy a juicy cut of meat.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at B McNeel's, home of American comfort food.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
B McNeel's will be able to accommodate your large party.
Al fresco eating options are also available at B McNeel's, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at this restaurant at the edge of ear-splitting.
No need to gussy up for a trip to B McNeel's, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
If you need to feed a big crowd, B McNeel's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's N Church St business.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at B McNeel's.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and B McNeel's s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit B McNeel's and munch on some American eats.
So what are you waiting for? Come to B McNeel's today and munch on some trendy American fare.
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:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
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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