Enjoy a delicious meat-free meal at Northwood's Susty's Cafe, a local vegetarian restaurant.
Keep your health in check at Susty's Cafe, a local restaurant with endless healthy menu items.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Susty's Cafe is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Susty's Cafe's wifi.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Susty's Cafe and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Susty's Cafe won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Susty's Cafe will ensure that it is delicious.
At Susty's Cafe, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
$15 can't buy you much, but it can buy you an amazing meal at Susty's Cafe.
Susty's Cafe is a cash-only venue, so patrons are encouraged to order responsibly.
The vegetarian options at Susty's Cafe might even have meat-lovers changing their ways!
You certainly won't believe the meals at Susty's Cafe are vegan as they are fabulously delicious.
For chow mein that's sure to impress, China Palace Restaurant
serves top-rated fare.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
China Palace Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to China Palace Restaurant in jeans and a hoodie.
Love the food at this restaurant but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
China Palace Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
The upscale Chinese fare at China Palace Restaurant is sure to impress. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
So stop in at China Palace Restaurant, where you can savor all the wonderful flavors of traditional Chinese cooking.
Known for its noodle and rice dishes, Dynasty Chinese Restaurant serves excellent Chinese cuisine to Rochester locals.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Dynasty Chinese Restaurant.
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant's diners can make use of the cheap wifi.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Dynasty Chinese Restaurant's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant is close to multiple parking options.
A typical meal at Dynasty Chinese Restaurant will set you back less than $30.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Dynasty Chinese Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Crack open a fortune in flavor when you try the delicious fare at Dynasty Chinese Restaurant.
Enjoy a hearty meal of steak and potatoes at Rochester's Granite Steak and Grill.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Granite Steak and Grill.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Granite Steak and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Granite Steak and Grill is a prime location to dine with a group.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Granite Steak and Grill — it's strictly casual.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Granite Steak and Grill is just steps away from a parking lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Granite Steak and Grill.
Menu items at Granite Steak and Grill tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
At Granite Steak and Grill, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Granite Steak and Grill is a steakhouse committed to serving up the best cuts for an exceptional dining experience.
For a down home, easygoing vibe, head to Pink Cadillac Diner for tasty diner fare.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Get online for free courtesy of Pink Cadillac Diner's wifi.
Be sure to check out Pink Cadillac Diner's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
You won't be able to make a reservation at Pink Cadillac Diner — make sure to plan accordingly.
Catering from Pink Cadillac Diner will take your party to the next level.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
Travel by bike to Pink Cadillac Diner and store your bike at a nearby rack.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
Everyone always has one diner they love to visit, and Pink Cadillac Diner could be yours!
Settle yourself into a comfy booth at Pink Cadillac Diner and enjoy a delicious meal today.
One of the more popular restaurants in New Durham, Johnson Seafood and Steak delivers superb ice cream and tasty sandwiches. It's a popular restaurant for customers looking for a fair price and a fantastic waitstaff.
No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably.
At some point, everyone should try the ice cream or the seafood, since either one will make a good impression. In terms of the restaurant itself, if you're on the lookout for the perfect spot for family or friends, it's been reviewed as a solid option for large groups and kids.
A reputable favorite for lunch, dinner, and dessert, a visit to Johnson Seafood and Steak is definitely worthwhile. The food, in general, is "fresh" and "terrific." Also, its portions are known to be "great," while the dinner is "complete." Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Prefer to pedal there? Bike parking is also provided.
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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