Everyone loves cereal in the morning. Stop in to get your family's favorites.
If you're just getting into cooking, pick up some oil and vinegar from here and learn the basics of cooking with these necessities.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Satos Okazuya.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Satos Okazuya.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at Satos Okazuya.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
There's no better way to satisfy your hunger craving than with some tasty canned goods from here.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
A wide selection of spices and seasonings are also available.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Kick off your weekend with a barbecue. Pick up some fresh and tender meats from here and start cooking.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Feeling hungry? Pick up some frozen food from here and enjoy a night snacking on all of your favorite items.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Satos Okazuya and slurp your way to happiness.
The parking options near Satos Okazuya are quick and painless.
Thai Mixed Plate in Pearl City is a well-known fast food spot, delivering a familiar vibe with fabulous fast food. It's a favorite spot for those seeking awesome food.
There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, though the overall price can be a bit on the low side, you won't be sacrificing any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try.
There truly is something for everyone, with both healthy and vegetarian items on the robust menu. Plus, if you're searching for the perfect spot for a family gathering, it's been reviewed as a great local option for big groups and families with kids. In addition to its convenient take-out menu, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town.
A highly-regarded option for lunch in Pearl City, Thai Mixed Plate is a solid choice when you're in the mood for Asian cuisine and want to expand your horizons beyond the standard Chinese or Japanese fare. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot and a parking garage nearby. Would you prefer to ride there? Bike parking is also provided.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Chuck E Cheese's — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Chuck E Cheese's is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
The pizzeria is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
You can also have Chuck E Cheese's cater your next event.
Ample parking is located near Chuck E Cheese's.
Chuck E Cheese's is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Chuck E Cheese's.
Just because Chuck E Cheese's is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Chuck E Cheese's.
Chuck E Cheese's truly is the best pizza place for your dollar in the area.
Enjoy a perfectly cooked steak and a generous portion size at Cattle Company Steakhouse in Pearl City.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Cattle Company Steakhouse.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Cattle Company Steakhouse offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Cattle Company Steakhouse for their catering services.
Dine at Cattle Company Steakhouse and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Cattle Company Steakhouse.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
When you try the steaks at Cattle Company Steakhouse, you'll want to savor every bite.
Stop by Jack In The Box after work for a quick burger and fries.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Jack In The Box — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
In addition to its great location, Jack In The Box is also located near plenty of parking options.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So when you have a hankering for a burger, swing by Jack In The Box and pick up a great burger.
If you're in a hurry, make your way over to the highly-rated Jack In The Box and grab some tasty food for the road.
Biting into a burger at Burger King is simply unbeatable.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Burger King.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Burger King diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Whether you have a large or small group, Burger King can accommodate both.
Wifi is on the house at Burger King, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this burger joint.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Burger King makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
The burger joint is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
The menu at Burger King is filled with creative burger options, so head on over today and treat yourself to a tasty meal that will leave you full for hours.
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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