Whether you're grilling, roasting, baking, or slicing, you can't go wrong with the meats at East Avenue Fish Market in New Canaan.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at East Avenue Fish Market.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from East Avenue Fish Market.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
East Avenue Fish Market serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from East Avenue Fish Market and get cooking.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at East Avenue Fish Market.
When you have little time to prep lunch or dinner, cook up some canned goods from here and have a meal done in no time.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
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!
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Thankfully, you won't have to look far for parking at East Avenue Fish Market.
Stop by today to get a prime cut of beef for that new recipe you've been meaning to try from East Avenue Fish Market's butcher in New Canaan.
Visit North Star Restaurant and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Quit fat and gluten at North Star Restaurant, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Enjoy a night out at North Star Restaurant, a popular BYOB restaurant.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
North Star Restaurant offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
That's right! North Star Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
The lot adjacent to North Star Restaurant provides free parking for diners.
North Star Restaurant is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at North Star Restaurant, and they're waiting to serve you!
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, North Star Restaurant is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
So head on over to the highly-rated North Star Restaurant for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Tequila Mockingbird should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Skip long waits and head to Tequila Mockingbird with your large group for easy seating.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Tequila Mockingbird's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Tequila Mockingbird, which embraces a casual vibe.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Tequila Mockingbird can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Tequila Mockingbird, diners should plan to park on the street.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Tequila Mockingbird.
Meals at Tequila Mockingbird are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Tequila Mockingbird.
So swing by Tequila Mockingbird to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
So what are you waiting for? Dine at Tequila Mockingbird and enjoy the tasty flavors of Mexican fare.
Indulge in the selection of tasty treats at Le Pain Quotidien — this bakery is located in New Canaan's New Canaan neighborhood.
Fill up on healthy and vegan fare at Le Pain Quotidien.
Got kids? No problem at Le Pain Quotidien! This bakery is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Le Pain Quotidien, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Le Pain Quotidien with their complimentary wifi.
The dress code at Le Pain Quotidien is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
You can also serve food from Le Pain Quotidien at your next party — the bakery offers catering.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the bakery also serves up grub to go.
At Le Pain Quotidien, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Le Pain Quotidien offers safe bike parking outside.
Snacks and treats here are all reasonably priced.
It's definitely time for you to make a beeline to the heavenly confections of Le Pain Quotidien's bakery.
For delicious food with a classic Belgian twist, come to Le Pain Quotidien.
Le Pain Quotidien's dishes are cooked just the way you like them, and with the best customer service in town, there's no reason you won't want to come here soon.
Le Pain Quotidien serves up more than just bacon and eggs, making breakfast fun.
For Indian fare that's hard to beat, make your way to Thali Regional Cuisine of India, where the five-star ratings speak for themselves.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Take it nice and easy at Thali Regional Cuisine of India, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Thali Regional Cuisine of India's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Convenience is essential at Thali Regional Cuisine of India, and food is served from morning until night.
Whether it's curry or somosas you love, it's time to try the oh-so-highly-praised Indian recipes at Thali Regional Cuisine of India.
So when you're feeling hungry, stop by Thali Regional Cuisine of India and fill up on some great Indian eats.
Elm Restaurant- CT serves American-style cuisine in the middle of New Canaan's New Canaan district.
Have a gluten-free restriction? No problem. Head to Elm Restaurant- CT for tasty, gluten-free eats.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Elm Restaurant- CT's outdoor patio seating.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Elm Restaurant- CT's complimentary wifi.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Street parking is readily available near Elm Restaurant- CT's Elm Street location.
Commute by bike to Elm Restaurant- CT and find easy bike parking.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Elm Restaurant- CT has to offer.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Elm Restaurant- CT.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Elm Restaurant- CT.
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.
Check out more coconut-oil coverage:
Oil Pulling Whitens Your Teeth and (Maybe) Makes You Invincible
The Five Best Uses for Coconut Oil You’ve Never Heard Of