Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Northampton Brewery, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Northampton Brewery also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Northampton Brewery has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Seating is readily available at Northampton Brewery for those with large parties.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Northampton Brewery won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Northampton Brewery for their catering services.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Northampton Brewery.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Northampton Brewery.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Northampton Brewery — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Northampton Brewery — swing by for your favorite meal.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Northampton Brewery.
So round up your friends and head over to Northampton Brewery for a casual American meal.
So if you're looking for the best beer in town, chances are you can find it at Northampton Brewery.
Northampton Brewery has everything you could want from a British pub in Northampton.
The grill masters at Caminito Argentinean Steakhouse stay true to their culinary roots with a distinctly South American cooking tradition, which begins with hormone-free meat from cows that were fed a vegetable-only diet and raised on pastures instead of in cages. Manning a cast-iron grill stoked by locally sourced hardwoods, the expert chefs fire-kiss select cuts of beef to smoky perfection, infusing filet mignons, skirt steaks, and short ribs with rustic flavors that pair harmoniously with the restaurant’s robust selection of Argentinean red wines.
Although Caminito’s wood-fired steaks have earned it the Valley Advocate’s award for Best Steak House from 2010 through 2015, the menu proves that the restaurant does not live and die by expertly charred beef. Lobster-filled ravioli, pan-seared salmon, and seasoned chicken breasts showcase the kitchen team’s culinary repertoire, in addition to vegetarian entrees that aren't just snapshots of steak printed on soy paper. Refreshing sips of ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company complement hearty bites, and spoonfuls of flan and mousse bring meals to their bittersweet conclusion. On weekends, the acoustic strumming of guitarist Alvaro Olvera Sanchez nourishes famished ears with flamenco notes and classic Spanish songs.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant in Northampton, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Get in shape and get healthy with smart low-fat fare from La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Wifi access is totally free at La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant's outdoor patio.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant is located near plenty of options.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Delicious food is never hard to find, but it is hard to find at the right price. La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant is making it happen.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant.
Come on over to La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
So indulge in a tasty and authentic Mexican dish from La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant and savor each and every flavorful bite.
At Esselon Cafe, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold.
Treat yourself to a tasty, vegan meal at Esselon Cafe.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this coffee shop's full bar to top off your meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this coffee shop is a great spot for families to chow down.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Esselon Cafe.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Esselon Cafe.
Be sure to check out Esselon Cafe's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
The coffee shop's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Wear what you like when you dine at Esselon Cafe — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Esselon Cafe will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Esselon Cafe.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Esselon Cafe.
Brunch is the house specialty at Esselon Cafe, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
The coffee at Esselon Cafe is fresh and flavorful, so head on over today and enjoy a taste of paradise.
So start your weekend off on the right foot with a delicious breakfast or brunch from Esselon Cafe.
So whether you're a pancake lover or egg addict, the homey breakfast options at Esselon Cafe are sure to get you going in the morning.
A flavorful restaurant, India House serves spicy Indian fare.
Your pals with special dietary considerations — including those who avoid fat, gluten, and animal products — will still find plenty of tasty and suitable items on the menu.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
India House can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at India House.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
No need to put on airs for a trip to India House — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Call India House for catering if you have a big event coming up.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
For an easy commute, drive to the restaurant and park in the garage around the corner. Street parking is also available for those who prefer to parallel park.
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.
India House offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
When Indian fare is on your mind, pay India House a visit and give into your craving.
Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Northampton's Mama Iguanas hits a home run with each and every order.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Mama Iguanas.
Large groups will appreciate Mama Iguanas for its ability to seat them quickly.
Between the music and the crowds, Mama Iguanas' noise levels can be intense.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Mama Iguanas.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Mama Iguanas cater for you.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Mama Iguanas.
Prices at Mama Iguanas typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Mama Iguanas — swing by for your favorite meal.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Mama Iguanas.
So head to Mama Iguanas for some tasty Mexican fare.
So when you have a craving for some tacos or other authentic Mexican dishes, make your way over to Mama Iguanas.
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