Everyone knows that Seafood City Supermarkets has the most affordable groceries in National City so head on over today and browse the latest options.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Why spend time cooking from scratch when you can have a great meal in minutes? Frozen food is simple to make and even easier to eat.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Seafood City Supermarkets and cure your hunger pains.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Seafood City Supermarkets offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Seafood City Supermarkets and feel energized all day.
You'll be amazed at how much time you can save by buying canned food. It's like a shortcut to a better prepared meal.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Seafood City Supermarkets.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
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.
Pick up some noodles from Seafood City Supermarkets and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this store, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
When you park in one of the nearby options, you can keep your car safe during your visit.
Seafood City Supermarkets has everything you need for your pantry, fridge, or freezer, so get to shopping.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Casa De Oro Restaurant — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Guess what? Casa De Oro Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
At Casa De Oro Restaurant, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Casa De Oro Restaurant.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Casa De Oro Restaurant for easy access to parking lots.
Casa De Oro Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Convenience is essential at Casa De Oro Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Casa De Oro Restaurant.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Casa De Oro Restaurant.
So take a walk on the wild side and discover the flavors and trends of Mexico at Casa De Oro Restaurant.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Casa Del Taco, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Casa Del Taco is creating healthy meals that are enticing to anyone's taste buds.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
The patio seating at Casa Del Taco is perfect for those warm summer days.
Large groups will appreciate Casa Del Taco for its ability to seat them quickly.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Casa Del Taco, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Catering from Casa Del Taco will take your party to the next level.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting 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 restaurant.
Prices at Casa Del Taco typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
So head to Casa Del Taco, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Casa Del Taco and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
When you treat yourself to a flavorful Mexican dish from Casa Del Taco, you will leave feeling satisfied and full.
It's always a party at Mi Tierra Super Taco, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Get to dinner early — Mi Tierra Super Taco does not accept reservations.
Comfort is prioritized at Mi Tierra Super Taco, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Mi Tierra Super Taco also offers catering.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Mi Tierra Super Taco, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Mi Tierra Super Taco since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Mi Tierra Super Taco.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Mi Tierra Super Taco is the place to be.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Mi Tierra Super Taco.
Pizza Hut does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Take a break from the treadmill and head to Pizza Hut for lunch, where healthy, low-fat fare is the norm.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Get online for free courtesy of Pizza Hut's wifi.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
For the tastes of Pizza Hut from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
The restaurant is within walking distance to a number of parking options.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Pizza Hut.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Pizza Hut. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Pizza Hut for a tasty pizza pie.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Pizza Hut.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Pizza Hut, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Pizza Hut and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Napoleone Pizza House's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the pizzeria's National City Blvd location.
Napoleone Pizza House is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
So come taste the pizza at Napoleone Pizza House for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
So bring your appetite to Napoleone Pizza House. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Napoleone Pizza House.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Napoleone Pizza House?
For prime Italian fare, Napoleone Pizza House is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. When at Napoleone Pizza House, you eat as deliciously as the Italians do.
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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