Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at Cracker Barrel.
The chefs at Cracker Barrel know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
At Cracker Barrel, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Cracker Barrel.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
If you're driving, that's no problem. Parking available onsite.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Cracker Barrel and munch on some American eats.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Cracker Barrel for your next meal.
So head on over to the highly-rated Cracker Barrel for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Italian Gardens Cafe, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Italian Gardens Cafe with their complimentary wifi.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Italian Gardens Cafe's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Italian Gardens Cafe's tasty dishes at your next party.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Italian Gardens Cafe s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Italian Gardens Cafe — they're open for all three meals.
Italian Gardens Cafe's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
Ready to try all the best flavors of Italy? Check out the authentic dishes at Italian Gardens Cafe.
Bite into a burger at Whatta Burger Drive In, and enjoy dining in the Russellville region of Russellville.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Whatta Burger Drive In has you covered on both fronts.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this burger joint, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Whatta Burger Drive In will ensure that it is delicious.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Forget circling the block, Whatta Burger Drive In has plenty of nearby parking options.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Whatta Burger Drive In.
Lost on where to eat for cheap? Look no further than Whatta Burger Drive In, a local hotspot with affordable prices.
So be sure to stop in at Whatta Burger Drive In, home of the best burgers in town!
Quick and delicious, Whatta Burger Drive In is the place to go for a good meal and a great burger.
So when you need a burger above the rest, Whatta Burger Drive In will grill you up the absolute best.
No time to eat? Pick up a burger and fries in a matter of minutes at Russellville's McDonald's.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at McDonald's.
McDonald's will be able to accommodate your large party.
Wifi access is totally free at McDonald's, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
The noise at the restaurant can be positively thunderous, so save intimate conversations for another night.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Chow down at McDonald's without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15.
McDonald's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When you're in a hurry, stop by the highly-rated McDonald's and pick up a tasty burger.
McDonald's serves up great food at a fast pace, so stop by for a quick bite the next time you're in a rush.
Try the tasty Chinese fare (sprinkled with five-star ratings) offered at New China Restaurant.
At New China Restaurant, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at New China Restaurant, where business casual attire is standard.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to New China Restaurant.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at New China Restaurant running under $30 per person.
At New China Restaurant, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Stop by for three square meals a day — New China Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're seeking upscale Chinese cuisine, look no further than New China Restaurant.
If you are seeking some great Chinese food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated New China Restaurant.
BLT, club, veggie, and more...The Grapevine Restaurant serves sandwiches too tasty to pass up.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at The Grapevine Restaurant.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at The Grapevine Restaurant.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from The Grapevine Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Heading to The Grapevine Restaurant for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy The Grapevine Restaurant since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So check out the amazing selection of sandwiches at The Grapevine Restaurant today.
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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