Cover all of your food and beverage cravings in one stop at Thai Cafe in Port Charlotte and enjoy a night of indulging in your favorite items.
For those who can't cook, rest assured that the frozen foods available here will sate your hunger.
Thai Cafe serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
If you like to try out different recipes and experiment with different flavors, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Thai Cafe and cure your hunger pains.
For cool, refreshing H20, Thai Cafe's got you covered.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Thai Cafe and pick up some fresh noodles.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Perfect for cooking! Almost every delicious dish begins with oil and vinegar as an ingredient or for simply making sure your food doesn't stick to the pan!
Start your long and busy work week off on the right foot with a tasty and energizing coffee or tea from Thai Cafe.
Keep your whole family healthy and full with a selection of tasty canned good items from Thai Cafe.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Purchase an assortment of meats from here and gather up the whole family for a nice Sunday dinner.
Drivers will find parking not far from the store.
So next time you forget that last little item on your grocery list, head to Thai Cafe in Port Charlotte.
Pop over to Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza in Port Charlotte for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this pizzeria's menu.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza's gorgeous patio.
Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
For easy dining, Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Prices at Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza's pizza.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Bocca Lupo's Coal Oven Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Whether you're in the mood for a New York Strip or a juicy tenderloin, you'll find plenty to like at Port Charlotte's Outback Steakhouse.
At Outback Steakhouse, gluten-free and healthy dining is done right.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Outback Steakhouse, you can surf the web and get some work done.
At Outback Steakhouse, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Outback Steakhouse is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Put the suit away when heading to Outback Steakhouse — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Drive to Outback Steakhouse and find parking in the area.
Outback Steakhouse is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Outback Steakhouse has to offer.
Outback Steakhouse dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
So treat yourself to a flavorful and tender steak from Outback Steakhouse and satisfy your hunger.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Ruby Tuesday for some good home American cooking.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Ruby Tuesday and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Ruby Tuesday's free wifi hotspot.
Ruby Tuesday welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Or, take your grub to go.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Ruby Tuesday to create the perfect night.
Driving to the restaurant is easy as pie, and parking surrounds the area.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Ruby Tuesday's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Ruby Tuesday.
Ruby Tuesday serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Ruby Tuesday today.
Score your next slice at Bella Napoli Pizza — this Port Charlotte joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Bella Napoli Pizza will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Parents appreciate this pizzeria's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Bella Napoli Pizza's tasty dishes at your next party.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Easy parking is accessible for Bella Napoli Pizza's diners.
Locals flock to Bella Napoli Pizza for a meal they know will be high-quality and low-price.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Bella Napoli Pizza and taste test your way through the menu.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Bella Napoli Pizza is at the top of the list.
So bring your appetite to Bella Napoli Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
So head on over to Bella Napoli Pizza, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Bella Napoli Pizza?
Come to TGI Friday's to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
At TGI Friday's, gluten-free and healthy eaters will appreciate the well-crafted menu items.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Get online gratis thanks to TGI Friday's' complimentary wifi.
When the weather is nice, hurry to TGI Friday's to grab a spot on the patio.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this restaurant can exceed a jackhammer.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at TGI Friday's is all about comfort.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
That's right! TGI Friday's will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Ample parking is located near TGI Friday's.
TGI Friday's may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — TGI Friday's serves up all three meals.
TGI Friday's is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
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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