All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from B and H Market and Deli and stay on the go all the time.
Stock up the pantry with tasty canned goods from the shelves here.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
At B and H Market and Deli, you can stock up on all of your favorite sandwiches for your work week.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
From sandwiches to salads, B and H Market and Deli serves up a wide array of healthy and tasty deli options.
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.
A little here, a little there, you can never have enough vinegar and oil. Used in almost every recipe, these liquids will come in handy.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from B and H Market and Deli will certainly come in hand.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
At B and H Market and Deli, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
B and H Market and Deli serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Grab any spices and seasonings you need to cook a gourmet dinner here.
To help ease your trip, B and H Market and Deli features a close location to available parking.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Here you can find a large number of high-quality staples, such as tasty and healthy oil and vinegar options.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Bread at Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant is absolutely delicious.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Here you can find an assortment of meats, such as pork and chicken, to meet your personal needs.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
When you need a quick side dish to go with your main course, pick up some canned good options from here.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
Grab any spices and seasonings you need to cook a gourmet dinner here.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant and pick up some fresh noodles.
Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Big Ed's Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Big Ed's Pizza is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, 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 pizzeria won't disappoint.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Big Ed's Pizza.
Big Ed's Pizza offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this pizzeria.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Big Ed's Pizza also offers catering.
At Big Ed's Pizza, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Big Ed's Pizza makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Big Ed's Pizza offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Big Ed's Pizza.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Big Ed's Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Big Ed's Pizza.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Big Ed's Pizza.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at El Cantarito — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
El Cantarito's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
El Cantarito is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Dine out in the open during El Cantarito's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The noise level can sometimes reach near deafening levels, so save your conversations for another night.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to El Cantarito, a local restaurant.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as El Cantarito welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
El Cantarito has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
So come to El Cantarito, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
When you're looking to indulge in a bit of Mexican fare, there's no better place than El Cantarito.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than El Cantarito.
A perfectly marbled cut of beef is no farther away than Oak Ridge's Outback Steakhouse.
Guess what? Outback Steakhouse serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Outback Steakhouse for a group meal.
Outback Steakhouse's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Outback Steakhouse for their catering services.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
The restaurant is within walking distance to a number of parking options.
Outback Steakhouse s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Outback Steakhouse time and time again.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Outback Steakhouse — swing by for your favorite meal.
Outback Steakhouse serves up fresh steaks at a great price, so make your way over to this restaurant and enjoy some good eats.
Visit The Other One for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Oak Ridge's Oak Ridge.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Wifi access is totally free at The Other One, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of The Other One's al fresco patio seating.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most The Other One patrons come in casual attire.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and The Other One will ensure that it is delicious.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
The Other One is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
At The Other One, guests can save their cash and indulge all at the same time
food here is high in taste and low in cost.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — The Other One serves up all three meals.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at The Other One.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at The Other One and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
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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