With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area, you'll be centrally located in Rochester, steps from Shops University Square and University of Minnesota-Rochester. This hotel is within close proximity of Rochester Art Center and Mayo Clinic.
Make yourself at home in one of the 212 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 5 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and a computer station. Planning an event in Rochester? This hotel has 4459 square feet (401 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is conveniently located nearby.
As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats.
It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans.
After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company.
We make quality food fresh just for you!
Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection.
Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Visit A&W Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Rochester's Rochester.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! A&W Restaurant is located near plenty of options.
When American food comes to mind, A&W Restaurant should be your first choice.
Buzz in Rice N Spice in Rochester to pick up some basic grocery items and leave with extra time to spare.
When you're trying to upgrade your cooking, adding flavor is essential. Create supple and tarter flavors by exploring the wonders vinegar and oil can add to your cuisine by shopping for them here.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Rice N Spice.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Rice N Spice and stay on the go all the time.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
Get your noodle on! Rice N Spice has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Rice N Spice and get creative with your sandwiches.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Fill up your kitchen pantry with some tasty canned goods from here and always have a quick meal available.
To help ease your trip, Rice N Spice features a close location to available parking.
Get all your groceries from Rice N Spice and whip up a meal in minutes.
Located in Rochester, Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area is a favorable hotel amongst guests and their pets.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
The suites at this hotel are perfect for both short- and long-term stays, providing you with endless space and relaxation.
This hotel is a highly-rated, work-friendly hotel with a quiet business center.
Finally, a gym at no additional cost. Check out the fitness center, just right down the hall.
Whether you are looking to relax or get some exercise, Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area's swimming pool is easily accessible.
One button, say your order, and Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area will do the rest. Delicious room service as easy as it always is.
For your convenience, this hotel includes in-room kitchenettes for guests to reheat and eat leftovers.
Who can resist a delicious breakfast, especially when it's free of charge to all Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area guests?
Hotel guests can take advantage of the on-site restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The hotel lounge is a great place to hold an informal meeting over drinks.
At Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area, guests can take advantage of the shuttle service and receive a free ride to and from nearby attractions.
There are close and convenient parking spots located within walking distance to Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area.
Finding the perfect hotel makes it that much easier to enjoy your vacation. Don't wait any longer before you call Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field - Mayo Clinic Area to reserve a room for your next trip to Rochester.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Upgrade your barbecue by selecting from the fine meats available here.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
If you are starting to run low on oil and vinegar, head on over here and pick up your favorites.
For cool, refreshing H20, Creative Cuisine's got you covered.
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Creative Cuisine's impressive coffee and tea connection.
Pick up a loaf of bread from Creative Cuisine and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
For a cheaper, more convenient alternative, you'll want to shop the canned foods at Creative Cuisine. You won't even be able to tell the difference.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Creative Cuisine has all of your pasta necessities.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you can find safe parking options nearby.
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.
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