Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Steaming Tender Restaurant.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Steaming Tender Restaurant's gluten-free or low-fat items.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Reserve your own room at Steaming Tender Restaurant so that you can create your own private party.
Sit outside at Steaming Tender Restaurant and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Steaming Tender Restaurant's wifi.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Steaming Tender Restaurant — attire is casual.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
For those who travel by bike, Steaming Tender Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Your bill at Steaming Tender Restaurant will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Steaming Tender Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Steaming Tender Restaurant.
So round up your friends and head over to Steaming Tender Restaurant for a casual American meal.
Ginger-infused entrees and chili-based sauces flood the menu at Debbie Wong Restaurant, where the Chinese fare is applauded as top-of-the-line and diners dish out star reviews.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Debbie Wong Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Easy parking is accessible for Debbie Wong Restaurant's diners.
Deep pockets not required! Debbie Wong Restaurant takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Debbie Wong Restaurant — swing by for your favorite meal.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So take your next meal to the next level and treat yourself to an upscale Chinese meal from Debbie Wong Restaurant.
Isn't it time for an impromptu takeout night with the delicious Chinese food at Debbie Wong Restaurant?
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Snows Restaurant for some good home American cooking.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Snows Restaurant's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Snows Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
The noise level can sometimes reach near deafening levels, so save your conversations for another night.
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.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Snows Restaurant.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Snows Restaurant.
Snows Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
The friendly staff at Snows Restaurant are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Located in Brimfield, Francesco's is a well-known Italian restaurant that offers delicious pizza and good pasta. This restaurant delivers an unforgettable dining experience set in a familiar vibe. It's a culinary destination for guests looking for awesome food.
There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably.
If you're looking for the perfect spot for a get-together between family or friends, it's been reviewed as a great local option for both big groups and families with kids. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a good selection at its bar.
A highly-regarded option in Brimfield, Francesco's definitely stands out from the rest. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Would you prefer to ride there? Bike parking is also provided.
Just because you're rushing doesn't mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal — Ware's McDonald's will fill you up in a hurry.
Keep your diet in check at McDonald's, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
McDonald's will be able to accommodate your large party.
Access the Internet free of charge via McDonald's' complimentary wifi.
Sound levels can reach upper decibel levels at the restaurant, so sensitive ears beware!
Or, take your food to go.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? McDonald's also offers catering.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at McDonald's, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So take a night off from cooking and enjoy a quick and tasty meal from McDonald's.
Creamy cheeses and fresh meats are plentiful at Burgundy Brook Country Store, a deli sandwich hub.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Burgundy Brook Country Store is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Make your way to an ATM before you make your way to the restaurant — Burgundy Brook Country Store is cash-only.
Burgundy Brook Country Store boasts one of the best delis around, and they're awaiting your visit today!
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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