Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Gordon Biersch.
Keep your diet in check at Gordon Biersch, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Gordon Biersch offers discounted prices on food and drinks during happy hour.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Gordon Biersch and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Gordon Biersch is a great location to host a group dinner.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Gordon Biersch is come-as-you-are.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Gordon Biersch offers catering.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
With Gordon Biersch being close to public transit and various parking lots, you can drive or take public transit.
Gordon Biersch makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Taste the greatness Gordon Biersch is serving up with meals around $30.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Gordon Biersch tastes like pure heaven!
When you come to Gordon Biersch, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Gordon Biersch.
Shop for tasty and hearty canned goods here and stock up on all of your favorite side dishes and main courses, such as soups and canned fruit.
Embrace your inner chef and try out a new recipe with some bold and fun spices and seasonings from here.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Fusion Cafe and slurp your way to happiness.
Cereal tastes so good, you'll want to eat it around the clock (so go ahead!).
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Fusion Cafe for some hydration while you're on the move.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Grab a loaf of bread from Fusion Cafe and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Fusion Cafe and cure your hunger pains.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
Don't let the incredible deals for vinegar and oil pass you by. When you shop here, you can stock up on the many varieties of those two ingredients to absolutely transform your cooking.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
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.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Drivers will appreciate the great parking options in the area.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Tower Oaks Lodge.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Tower Oaks Lodge, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Tower Oaks Lodge provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Tower Oaks Lodge, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
Hop online in no time using Tower Oaks Lodge's free wifi.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Casual dining at its best, Tower Oaks Lodge customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Tower Oaks Lodge.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Ample parking is located near Tower Oaks Lodge, including options for valet, street and garage parking.
A meal at Tower Oaks Lodge will typically set you back about $30.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Tower Oaks Lodge's tasty restaurant.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Tower Oaks Lodge and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Tower Oaks Lodge.
Giuseppi's Pizza Plus does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Giuseppi's Pizza Plus' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Giuseppi's Pizza Plus.
Giuseppi's Pizza Plus wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this pizzeria's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Giuseppi's Pizza Plus will ensure that it is delicious.
At Giuseppi's Pizza Plus, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stop Rockville Metro (Red).
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
Everyone's talking about Giuseppi's Pizza Plus. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Giuseppi's Pizza Plus (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Giuseppi's Pizza Plus.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Giuseppi's Pizza Plus.
If the name Nantucket's Reef doesn't make the Rockville eatery's offerings clear, it's interior should. The cozy, 146-seat restaurant features hardwood floors and pale blue walls adorned with nautical decor, including wooden whales, flags, and model ships. It's not just the interior that's inspired by Nantucket, though. Chef Steve Deffinbaugh serves a wealth of New England–style seafood alongside signature cocktails, such as the Shipwreck and Nantini, made with—what else?—Nantucket Nectars. Read on to learn about a few of the menu's standout seafood items.
Wicked mussels: Start off meals with these flavorful mussels in a Cajun broth filled with chorizo sausage, pico de gallo, and lemon butter, and served with ciabatta bread.
Lobster salad: This colorful, Maine-style lobster salad drizzles cilantro vinaigrette over a mix of fresh romaine lettuce with fresh lobster, creamy avocado, roasted corn, tomatoes, and croutons and tortilla strips added for crunch.
Lobsta roll: One of the menu's staples, the rich lobsta roll is served Maine-, Connecticut-, or Angry-style with lettuce on a split-top roll.
New England stuffed cod: A classic New England–style entree featuring jumbo lump crab with seasoned cracker crumbs and lemon-butter sauce, served beside mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Lobster imperial: For a truly indulgent meal, guests can opt for this succulent 7-ounce lobster tail which includes with a tangy, rich crab imperial, plus thin-cut fries and a side of coleslaw.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice’s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
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.
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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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