Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Piccadilly Cafeteria and get cooking.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Piccadilly Cafeteria and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
Piccadilly Cafeteria makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
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.
From canned soups to canned vegetables, this store has a wide selection of tasty and healthy options.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Piccadilly Cafeteria.
Ready for a change? Switch up your weekly meal selections with some bold spices and seasonings from here.
For your convenience, there are plenty of parking spots for you to make use of during your visit.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Corner Cafe.
If you need a quick and easy salad dressing, pick up some tasty and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Corner Cafe.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Corner Cafe and pick up some fresh noodles.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Corner Cafe.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
Bread at Corner Cafe is absolutely delicious.
The canned food selection at Corner Cafe is perfect for giving you a bunch of shortcuts to a nutritious, delicious, and perfect meal for you and your loved ones.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Whether you prefer sweet or savory dishes, you can find all of the spices and seasonings you need to make your favorite dishes here.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Corner Cafe and feel energized all day.
Who has time to cook anymore? That's why there are frozen foods available here to help you keep pace with your career and family.
Corner Cafe is located in close proximity to available parking in the surrounding area.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Mellow Mushroom — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Gluten-free lovers don't worry! Mellow Mushroom is serving up g-free dishes that are delicious.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
For comfortable outdoor service, Mellow Mushroom sets up a seasonal patio.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Mellow Mushroom, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
For those who love to shake it, hit the pizzeria dance floor and show off some of your best moves.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the pizzeria tends to get rather noisy.
Mellow Mushroom's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Mellow Mushroom also offers catering.
With a parking lot adjacent to Mellow Mushroom, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Mellow Mushroom.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Mellow Mushroom.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Mellow Mushroom is ready and waiting to be served.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Mellow Mushroom.
So grab a group of friends and head to Mellow Mushroom, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Mellow Mushroom.
Pop over to Lillian's Pan Pizza in Gulf Beach for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Lillian's Pan Pizza serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Lillian's Pan Pizza is a great location to host a group dinner.
At Lillian's Pan Pizza, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Lillian's Pan Pizza encourages less-than-fancy attire.
You can also serve food from Lillian's Pan Pizza at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
You've heard correctly. This pizzeria offers both delivery or carryout.
At Lillian's Pan Pizza, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Lillian's Pan Pizza serves up meals for the prices you deserve. All under $15.
Head on over to Lillian's Pan Pizza first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Lillian's Pan Pizza is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Lillian's Pan Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Lillian's Pan Pizza's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So when you need a pizza without the stress, Lillian's Pan Pizza has your back!
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Lillian's Pan Pizza.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille's free wifi hotspot.
Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Can't get enough of Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille tastes like pure heaven!
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille.
When you're feeling hungry, come satisfy your hunger with some tasty and trendy American eats from Jaco's Sunset Bar and Grille.
Visit Seville Quarter for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Pensacola's Downtown.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Just around the workday bend are Seville Quarter's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Book a room at Seville Quarter so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order.
Seville Quarter's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
For a low cost, you can connect to wifi at Seville Quarter.
Seville Quarter keeps your ears entertained with live music or a DJ.
In the mood for dancing? Jive to a live DJ, and show off your moves on the restaurant floor.
Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at this restaurant at the edge of ear-splitting.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Seville Quarter wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Seville Quarter as well.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's East Government Street location offers nearby street parking.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
The menu at Seville Quarter includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Seville Quarter's restaurant today.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to Seville Quarter.
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