Wawa Food Market makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
Feeling hungry? Treat your taste buds to one of the freshly baked sandwiches from Wawa Food Market.
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.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Check out the staple deli menu at Wawa Food Market and purchase an assortment of yummy items for your next dinner party.
Whether you prefer your meat smoked, grilled or fried, you can find your preferred choice here.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Wawa Food Market and get cooking.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Wawa Food Market.
Just a pinch of one of the seasonings and spices available here will help take your meal to greatness.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Wawa Food Market and sip your way through tasty goodness.
When you need a quick meal after a long and hard workday, a canned good item from here makes for an easy and tasty dish.
This place lets you recreate the wonders of fair fare by offering terrific vinegar and oil options to help you make everyone's favorite, vinegar and french fries!
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
With the many parking choices near Wawa Food Market, finding parking within walking distance is a breeze.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Klondike Kate's.
No matter what diet you're rocking, Klondike Kate's has got you covered.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Cheers to the weekend! Klondike Kate's is serving up the fun!
Seating is readily available at Klondike Kate's for those with large parties.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Klondike Kate's to grab a spot on the patio.
DJ fans will appreciate Klondike Kate's' frequent live mixes.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Klondike Kate's welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Can't get enough of Klondike Kate's' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Klondike Kate's.
At Klondike Kate's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
A typical meal at Klondike Kate's will set you back less than $30.
Klondike Kate's accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Klondike Kate's dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Klondike Kate's.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to Klondike Kate's.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond is a top pick.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond's happy hour.
Reserve the private room at McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond's complimentary wifi.
During the summer months, don't miss out on McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond's outdoor patio seating.
Comfort is prioritized at McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Throwing a big party? Count on McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond.
McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
For an indulgent meal of classic pub food, McGlynns Pub and Restaurant - Polly Drummond is the place to bring your best buds for a night out.
At Timothy's of Newark, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Timothy's of Newark has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
At Timothy's of Newark, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Timothy's of Newark is all about comfort.
Can't get enough of Timothy's of Newark's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Save money and time when you drive and dine in. You can stay for free in our wonderful and spacious parking lot.
Timothy's of Newark is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Meals at Timothy's of Newark usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Timothy's of Newark — swing by for your favorite meal.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Timothy's of Newark and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Timothy's of Newark.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Timothy's of Newark.
Cuisine Type: Authentic, Traditional Mexican Food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Molcajete, parillada, tacos, and fresh salsa
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Pro Tip: Friendly staff, fresh and homemade food, not all food we served is spicy, vegetarian options available.
El Jefe Restaurant & Mexican Grill's owner has a succinct way of describing a robust menu: "Plenty of options for anyone," he says. He does, however, provide some guidance to navigate the multipage treatise on authentic Mexican fare. He recommends the dishes that incorporate seafood, such as the house specialty Burrito El Jefe. The mammoth burrito wraps up shrimp, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers beneath a blanket of melted cheese and tomato sauce, garnished with pineapple pico de gallo to complement the savory flavors. To spice up conversations, the bartenders mix a variety of margaritas, and sangrias, which guests are encouraged to splash into the face of anyone whom they suspect may have tastebuds on their nose.
Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Soffritto Italian Grill, and visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
Soffritto Italian Grill is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both vegan and gluten-free items on the menu.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Soffritto Italian Grill is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Or, take your food to go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Soffritto Italian Grill offers catering.
Soffritto Italian Grill provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Meals at Soffritto Italian Grill usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Soffritto Italian Grill accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
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.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Soffritto Italian Grill is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Soffritto Italian Grill.
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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