Find your basic grocery items and more at Lawler's Grocery in Water Valley and get all of your grocery shopping done in one stop.
If you like to try out different recipes and experiment with different flavors, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Lawler's Grocery.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Lawler's Grocery and stay on the go all the time.
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.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Lawler's Grocery will do the trick.
Every chef needs a break from the heat, so enjoy a frozen dinner without lifting a finger.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Lawler's Grocery.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Lawler's Grocery? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Grab a loaf of bread from Lawler's Grocery and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Lawler's Grocery and pick up some fresh noodles.
If you need a quick and easy salad dressing, pick up some tasty and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
If you are visiting Lawler's Grocery, you can take advantage of the nearby parking options during your stay.
Whether you just need the basics or want to try something new, Lawler's Grocery in Water Valley is just the place to stock up your kitchen with freshness.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Old Venice Pizza Co. — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Old Venice Pizza Co.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Get online gratis thanks to Old Venice Pizza Co.'s complimentary wifi.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Old Venice Pizza Co.'s laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Can't get enough of Old Venice Pizza Co.'s tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
At this pizzeria, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Old Venice Pizza Co.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Old Venice Pizza Co.
The menu at Old Venice Pizza Co. is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Old Venice Pizza Co.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Old Venice Pizza Co. is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Old Venice Pizza Co.'s pizza.
So head on over to Old Venice Pizza Co., where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay Old Venice Pizza Co. a visit.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Proud Larry's, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Proud Larry's, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Happy hour at Proud Larry's is filled with deals and steals.
Proud Larry's is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Proud Larry's.
Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this restaurant.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Proud Larry's patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the S Lamar Blvd location.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Proud Larry's offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Proud Larry's is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Proud Larry's for tasty American fare.
Oxford's South Depot Taco Shop is a Tex-Mex favorite amongst locals and tourists.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to South Depot Taco Shop for easy seating.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most South Depot Taco Shop patrons come in casual attire.
Catering from South Depot Taco Shop will take your party to the next level.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Pig out on affordable fare that tastes like a million bucks
South Depot Taco Shop serves top-notch dishes that dazzle diners without the extra dollars.
At South Depot Taco Shop, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
For a meal that's equal parts hearty and satisfying, try the Tex-Mex at South Depot Taco Shop today.
For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, visit South Depot Taco Shop and enjoy some Tex Mex eats.
Come to Ajax Diner for new twists on classic diner favorites.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Ajax Diner has you covered on both fronts.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Ajax Diner for easy seating.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Don't let that new dress go to waste! Dress it all the way up at Ajax Diner, where fine formal wear is the norm.
You can also have Ajax Diner cater your next event.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Ajax Diner.
Meals at Ajax Diner usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Ajax Diner, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Don't stress out over dining out! Enjoy all your favorite diner foods in a casual atmosphere when you stop by Ajax Diner.
For diner classics at an affordable price, look no further than the highly-rated Ajax Diner.
For fresh maki, Oxford's Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi has got you covered.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Eat your way through the day at Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
It's hard to make Japanese food well, but the chefs at Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar and Hibachi somehow make their dishes to perfection.
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.
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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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