For canned food, such as tasty soups and sides, check out the large selection of items at Corner Cafe.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Corner Cafe's impressive coffee and tea connection.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Corner Cafe and cure your hunger pains.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
For cool, refreshing H20, Corner Cafe's got you covered.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Why spend time cooking from scratch when you can have a great meal in minutes? Frozen food is simple to make and even easier to eat.
Bread at Corner Cafe is absolutely delicious.
For the meat lover in you, you'll enjoy the offerings of eclectic meats at this place.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
You can park your car in one of their many available sentences.
Fresh fish fans are in luck at Formosa Lounge Restaurant, where only the best of the best sushi is served (check out its A+ ratings and reviews) and ambiance is always kept up to the latest minute.
This sushi spot visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Head to Formosa Lounge Restaurant for a happy hour that aims to please.
Formosa Lounge Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Formosa Lounge Restaurant.
Energize your evening with some dancing — the sushi spot often hosts a DJ.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the sushi spot, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Formosa Lounge Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Formosa Lounge Restaurant patrons can find street parking at the Campbell Ave SE location.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Formosa Lounge Restaurant may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
When you get here, it's easy to tell why Formosa Lounge Restaurant's sushi is the best of the best.
Come see the fun twists Formosa Lounge Restaurant is putting on their sushi rolls and flavor combinations.
Formosa Lounge Restaurant is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Roanoke.
If you are new to the world of sushi, head on over to Formosa Lounge Restaurant and discover some creative and classic rolls.
Spicy hot ratings heat up the food at Taaza Indian Cuisine, so those with a passion for Indian fare should head on over for a tasty meal.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, fat-free, no matter what free you are, Taaza Indian Cuisine has great dishes ready for you.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Taaza Indian Cuisine, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Taaza Indian Cuisine — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Taaza Indian Cuisine to create the perfect night.
With a parking lot adjacent to Taaza Indian Cuisine, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Prices at Taaza Indian Cuisine are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Taaza Indian Cuisine welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Taaza Indian Cuisine offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Whether it's curry or somosas you love, it's time to try the oh-so-highly-praised Indian recipes at Taaza Indian Cuisine.
When Indian fare is on your mind, pay Taaza Indian Cuisine a visit and give into your craving.
Fresh fare can be found at Awful Arthur's Seafood Co., where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Awful Arthur's Seafood Co.
At Awful Arthur's Seafood Co., you can enjoy a bite to eat and bring your own beverages to wash your meal down.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Awful Arthur's Seafood Co.'s drink list.
Got kids? No problem at Awful Arthur's Seafood Co.! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Awful Arthur's Seafood Co.'s complimentary wifi.
Dine out in the open during Awful Arthur's Seafood Co.'s summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
You can also have Awful Arthur's Seafood Co. cater your next event.
Sometimes you need food fast, and Awful Arthur's Seafood Co. totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Guests of Awful Arthur's Seafood Co.'s Campbell Ave SE location can park their vehicles on the street.
At Awful Arthur's Seafood Co., bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Chow down at Awful Arthur's Seafood Co. without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15.
At Awful Arthur's Seafood Co., you can pay with any major credit card.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Wine and dine at 202 Market in Roanoke.
Does yummy gluten-free food exist? Yes it does, and it is located at 202 Market.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
202 Market is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
At 202 Market, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Speakers are blaring and crowds roaring at the restaurant, so prepare for a noisy night out.
202 Market is known for its great food, and it also includes a pup-friendly policy neighborhood locals love.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at 202 Market.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — 202 Market offers catering.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
There is parking close to the restaurant.
202 Market knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at T.G.I. Friday's.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Just around the workday bend are T.G.I. Friday's' happy hour food and drink bargains.
At T.G.I. Friday's, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
For a reasonable charge, take advantage of the restaurant's wifi.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is T.G.I. Friday's' style.
Can't get enough of T.G.I. Friday's' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
T.G.I. Friday's provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at T.G.I. Friday's.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? T.G.I. Friday's s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to T.G.I. Friday's since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by T.G.I. Friday's to have a bite of deliciousness.
At T.G.I. Friday's you can find great American food at any time of the day.
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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