Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
Feeling hungry? Canned food from Sunset Cafe and Catering makes for a quick and tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Sunset Cafe and Catering for all your protein and calcium needs.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Sunset Cafe and Catering.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Spices and seasonings make every meal more flavorful, so expand your horizons and try some new ones.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Sunset Cafe and Catering for some hydration while you're on the move.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Sunset Cafe and Catering and cure your hunger pains.
The bread baked at Sunset Cafe and Catering gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
Here you can find close and safe parking for you to take advantage of during your visit.
Pop over to Tradewinds Restaurants for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
The pizzeria's menu includes an exquisite selection of pizzas and pastas.
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'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the pizzeria can get noisy.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
At Tradewinds Restaurants, you can safely park just around the corner.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the pizzeria offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
So come taste the pizza at Tradewinds Restaurants for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Tradewinds Restaurants' pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head over to Tradewinds Restaurants, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Tradewinds Restaurants to make that amazing pie a reality.
Pop over to Fresh Greece for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
On warmer days, take advantage of Fresh Greece's outdoor seating.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Fresh Greece.
Wifi is on the house at Fresh Greece, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this pizzeria.
Call Fresh Greece for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Fresh Greece for easy access to parking lots.
Fresh Greece's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Fresh Greece accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Fresh Greece is at the top of the list.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Fresh Greece, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
So head on over to Fresh Greece, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Fresh Greece.
French Quarter Grill offers exquisite French cuisine, including fine wine and traditional French favorites.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? French Quarter Grill has you covered on both fronts.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? French Quarter Grill has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
No need to dress to the nines here — French Quarter Grill's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Call French Quarter Grill for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Drive to French Quarter Grill and find parking in the area.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of French Quarter Grill.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy French Quarter Grill since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When French cuisine is calling your name, head on over to the highly-rated French Quarter Grill.
Don't rush your way through the lunch hour! Stop by McDonald's for a fast and tasty burger.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and McDonald's is creating innovative healthy meals.
Access the Internet free of charge via McDonald's' complimentary wifi.
At McDonald's, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Throwing a big party? Count on McDonald's to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
McDonald's has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy McDonald's since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when all you can think about is food, get a delicious burger quickly at McDonald's.
McDonald's serves up tasty food in a jiffy, so stop by on your way home from work today and pick up a great dinner.
Not all 13-year-olds have the foresight to realize their life's calling, or the world would be full of unemployed professional puppy holders. Luckily for the foodies of Pensacola, Dan Pettis had a knack for his more practical dream. He started experimenting in the kitchen just before he entered high school, starting as dish washer and working his way up through the cut-throat world of the restaurant industry. At the top of the food chain, he is now both chef and owner at One 20 A Modern Bistro.
Here, he crafts a menu of innovative, fusion bistro cuisine, drawing inspiration from his southern roots and journeys to Southeast Asia and Japan. The artfully plated dishes take on southern accents with dishes such as blackened garlic sautéed shrimp accompanied by creamy cheese grits and mustard-rubbed pork chops with a side of braised collard greens. Whereas, international influences take the form of range-glazed tuna steak and stir-fried edamame.
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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