Petersburg's Four Star has an assortment of grocery items, from frozen goods to fresh produce to freshly baked breads.
Find all of your deli favorites, such as sandwich meat and cheese, at Four Star and plan your lunches for the week.
Going on a picnic or thirsting for a tasty sandwich? Why not go to Four Star and pick one up for lunch or dinner!
Four Star's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Just a pinch of one of the seasonings and spices available here will help take your meal to greatness.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Four Star.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Four Star for all your protein and calcium needs.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Who's hungry? A frozen entree will fool anyone's palate, so why waste time cooking up a storm?
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Four Star.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Four Star will be tasty no matter what.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
You can never have enough canned goods stocked in your pantry. Pick some more up here.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Four Star and pick up some fresh noodles.
Whether you pop it in the microwave or warm it up over the stove, the frozen food here is ready to eat.
Forget circling the block; Four Star has plenty of nearby parking options.
Buy the basics or try a new recipe. Find everything your kitchen requires at Four Star in Petersburg.
Outlaw's Bar and Grill serves tasty American-style cuisine.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Outlaw's Bar and Grill.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Amp up your evening with some music — live bands or a DJ often perform here.
For great tunes and lively moves, Outlaw's Bar and Grill hosts a DJ and opens up the floor for dancing.
The restaurant tends to blast tunes over an already rambunctious crowd, so be ready for thunderous noise here.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Outlaw's Bar and Grill — attire is casual.
With a parking lot adjacent to Outlaw's Bar and Grill, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Outlaw's Bar and Grill offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Outlaw's Bar and Grill s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
The friendly staff at Outlaw's Bar and Grill are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Outlaw's Bar and Grill and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Gather up the whole crew and head to Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant for a night of pizza and fun.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this pizzeria's delightful drink menu.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant is come-as-you-are.
That's right! Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse for their catering services.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this restaurant for carryout.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse.
Mad Italian Pasta and Steakhouse knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
Whether you need help waking up in the morning or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the coffee at Andrade's International Restaurant in Petersburg will do the trick.
With this coffee shop's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Families will feel right at home at this coffee shop with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Andrade's International Restaurant.
Comfort is prioritized at Andrade's International Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Andrade's International Restaurant.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Patrons can park in a lot near Andrade's International Restaurant or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Travel by bike to Andrade's International Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Meals at Andrade's International Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Andrade's International Restaurant serves up freshly brewed coffee, so make your way over and enjoy a good cup of Joe.
Take a table at The Brickhouse Run in Petersburg and look forward to your next meal.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Whether you have a large or small group, The Brickhouse Run can accommodate both.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
No need to dress to the nines here — The Brickhouse Run's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Catering services are also available.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to The Brickhouse Run for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at The Brickhouse Run.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on The Brickhouse Run's moderately priced fare.
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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