From bread to produce to refreshing beverages, the shelves at Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli in Rochester are well-stocked with great grocery items and more.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Feeling hungry? Canned food from Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli makes for a quick and tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
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!
The cuts of meat here are tender and fresh. Pick up a selection of meats today and start your weekend off with a barbecue.
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.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
You can find parking easily in the surrounding area.
When your kitchen is getting scarce on groceries, swing by Fox's Fresh Cut Meats and Deli in Rochester today and stock up.
Rochester's Midtown Cafe has an assortment of grocery items, from frozen goods to fresh produce to freshly baked breads.
When you're in the mood to cook a gourmet meal, pick up some spices and seasonings from here and get down in the kitchen.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Midtown Cafe and get creative with your sandwiches.
A healthy and light snack from Midtown Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Midtown Cafe and feel energized all day.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Midtown Cafe.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Midtown Cafe will be tasty no matter what.
Pick up some noodles from Midtown Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
For cool, refreshing H20, Midtown Cafe's got you covered.
Stock up the pantry with tasty canned goods from the shelves here.
Here you can find a range of nearby parking spots, which helps make your commute less stressful.
Get in and get out of Midtown Cafe with some of the freshest herbs and produce in Rochester.
Flames dance inside the wood-fired oven at The Gate House Cafe, heating its gleaming surfaces to temperatures as high as 700 degrees. The oven's radiant heat is the backbone of the eatery's rustic, comfort-driven menu, yielding dishes that range from gourmet pizzas and chicken wings to wood-fired macaroni and goat cheese.
Gate House Cafe's pizzas are named after Rochester landmarks, but their culinary inspiration comes from southern Italy. Chef Ross Hopkins and his team knead dough made with Tipo 00 Italian flour, topping it off with organic mozzarella and tomatoes from San Marzano valley. They serve creative pies, too, such as the ones below, and often use ingredients from their organic garden.
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Asiago and ricotta cheeses lend an extra layer of creaminess to the MAG pie, and fried eggplant adds toothsome texture.
Hummus is an unexpected pizza-topper, but here, it works well alongside grilled vegetables, goat cheese, roasted garlic, and tomato coulis.
Gluten-Free or Vegan
With toppings that include blackened sirloin, blue cheese, and asparagus, The Strasenburgh delivers the sumptuousness of a steak-house dinner in pizza form.
Chef Hopkins is happy to accommodate gluten-free and vegan diners.
A Conscientious Culinary Philosophy
Conscientious culinary practices are intrinsic to the menu at The Gate House Cafe. Hopkins and his team embrace sustainability by serving cage-free eggs and organic dairy products. The restaurant goes beyond using ecofriendly ingredients, though. The Gate House Cafe operates solely on solar and wind power.
Chili's serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Rochester's Greece district.
Chili's knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Chili's.
Chili's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
The restaurant picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Chili's is all about comfort.
Chili's is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Chili's is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Meals at Chili's usually set you back about $30 per diner.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Chili's, pay by major credit card.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Chili's.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Chili's.
Chili's has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Check out eccentric Boulder Coffee Co. in Rochester's South Wedge district for the next wave of coffee culture.
Boulder Coffee Co. is a local, healthy restaurant that caters to those with dietary needs, especially those with gluten-free sensitivities.
This coffee shop also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This coffee shop is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Boulder Coffee Co.'s outdoor patio seating.
Boulder Coffee Co. caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Musical patrons frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Boulder Coffee Co.
This coffee shop offers carryout for your convenience.
The coffee shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Boulder Coffee Co. to your next party or event.
Those driving to Boulder Coffee Co. can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
At Boulder Coffee Co., diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Enjoy a filling and affordable meal without going over your budget at Boulder Coffee Co.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Boulder Coffee Co. and taste test your way through the menu.
For coffee that's more than just a cup of joe, make Boulder Coffee Co. your next stop.
So start your day off on the right foot with a tasty cup of coffee from the highly-rated Boulder Coffee Co.
Visit Overtime Sports Bar and Grill for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Rochester's Greece.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to Overtime Sports Bar and Grill's happy hour.
At Overtime Sports Bar and Grill, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Customers here often groove to live music or a DJ.
Dance to the beat of a live DJ and show off your moves on the restaurant floor.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Put the suit away when heading to Overtime Sports Bar and Grill — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Overtime Sports Bar and Grill can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
At Overtime Sports Bar and Grill, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Cut out the sky-high price tags, add incredible flavor and an awesome menu and what do you get? Overtime Sports Bar and Grill is the answer to finding great food at even better prices!
Head on over to Overtime Sports Bar and Grill first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Overtime Sports Bar and Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Overtime Sports Bar and Grill and treat yourself to an American classic.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Overtime Sports Bar and Grill for your next meal.
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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