If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Grant's Oyster House for all your protein and calcium needs.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
Grant's Oyster House can hook you up with the latest coffee and tea beverages.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Grant's Oyster House.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Whether you pop it in the microwave or warm it up over the stove, the frozen food here is ready to eat.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
For food that takes less time to prepare, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the canned food selection at Grant's Oyster House.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Two of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, you can never have enough oil and vinegar (so stock up!).
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Grant's Oyster House and slurp your way to happiness.
At Grant's Oyster House, you can safely park just around the corner.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Trattoria Gourmet Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Trattoria Gourmet Pizza, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
At Trattoria Gourmet Pizza, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
For those in a hurry, the pizzeria lets you take your grub to go.
With a parking lot adjacent to Trattoria Gourmet Pizza, you won't get stuck circling the block.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Trattoria Gourmet Pizza is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
A meal at Trattoria Gourmet Pizza will typically set you back about $30.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Trattoria Gourmet Pizza welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Trattoria Gourmet Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
There's no doubt about it. Trattoria Gourmet Pizza out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
Fans of Denoia's Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Stump Sound hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Denoia's Pizzeria has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Delivery and carryout are easy options for those interested in staying home.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Denoia's Pizzeria offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
The dream is to eat an amazing meal for under $15, and at Denoia's Pizzeria, they are making dreams come true.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Denoia's Pizzeria also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Denoia's Pizzeria is ready and waiting to be served.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Denoia's Pizzeria, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Denoia's Pizzeria.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Denoia's Pizzeria.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Icehouse Waterfront for all of your favorite American dishes.
Ditch the dairy and meat and head to Icehouse Waterfront for a vegan meal.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Be sure to check out Icehouse Waterfront's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Icehouse Waterfront's patrons can find places to park in the area.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Icehouse Waterfront.
For a casual American classic, Icehouse Waterfront will serve you up a delicious meal in Swansboro.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Icehouse Waterfront and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Fresh fare can be found at Riverside Steak and Seafood, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Serving the opposite of low-fat fare, Riverside Steak and Seafood is perfect for people who want to indulge.
Be sure to complete your meal at Riverside Steak and Seafood with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Riverside Steak and Seafood is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Riverside Steak and Seafood is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Riverside Steak and Seafood is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
At Riverside Steak and Seafood, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Riverside Steak and Seafood for a great bite.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Ribeyes of Cape Carteret offers juicy cuts of meat, making it one of the best steakhouses in Cape Carteret.
For fresh and healthy eats, head to Ribeyes of Cape Carteret.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Ribeyes of Cape Carteret's style.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Ribeyes of Cape Carteret for easy access to parking lots.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
When you are in the mood for an exceptional steak, make your way over to the highly-rated Ribeyes of Cape Carteret.
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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