Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at A&W Restaurant, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into A&W Restaurant's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
Corner Market and Deli in Kersey has high-quality, fresh food at an affordable price, making it a popular grocery store for locals and visitors.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Corner Market and Deli.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
Feeling hungry? Canned food from Corner Market and Deli makes for a quick and tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Corner Market and Deli and stay on the go all the time.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Corner Market and Deli.
A little here, a little there, you can never have enough vinegar and oil. Used in almost every recipe, these liquids will come in handy.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Corner Market and Deli.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
When all you want to do is relax after a long day, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Eat a delicious meal in a matter of minutes with an easy-to-make TV dinner!
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Corner Market and Deli has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
From sliced deli meat to flavorful cheeses, Corner Market and Deli serves up a large variety of deli favorites.
Whether you prefer your meat smoked, grilled or fried, you can find your preferred choice here.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Corner Market and Deli.
Corner Market and Deli is surrounded by endless parking options.
When you're ready to try your next big recipe, keep Corner Market and Deli in mind for a tastier meal.
Vito's Dairy Dell serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Picking up canned foods is terrific for when you want a quick meal, are participating in food drives, or need some last-minute eats to keep you from starving. You'll definitely want to browse the selection at Vito's Dairy Dell today!
If you need a quick and easy meal solution for lunch or dinner, consider a tasty TV dinner from here.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Vito's Dairy Dell and cure your hunger pains.
At Vito's Dairy Dell, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Vito's Dairy Dell.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
You'll love the selection of coffee and teas at Vito's Dairy Dell, decaffeinated options available, too!
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Whether you are new to the world of cooking or consider yourself a home cook, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Vito's Dairy Dell.
Find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub welcomes all kinds of diets, so gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan diners will find many tasty options to choose from on the menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
Your group can sit comfortably at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, a local restaurant.
Weeknights are busy for Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, so call ahead and make a reservation if you can.
No need to dress up for a trip to Denny's Beer Barrel Pub — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Can't get enough of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Drivers will be happy to know that Denny's Beer Barrel Pub is located near many street and lot parking options.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
A mid-priced establishment, Denny's Beer Barrel Pub offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Denny's Beer Barrel Pub provides service throughout the day.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub's menu is decked out with all your pub favorites, so you won't need to worry. There's definitely something for everyone!
Luigi's Ristorante offers the finest Italian cuisine in town, plus it has a large variety of pasta dishes.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Luigi's Ristorante has something that every stomach will enjoy.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Luigi's Ristorante.
At Luigi's Ristorante, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Luigi's Ristorante.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Luigi's Ristorante's business casual code.
Catering services are also available.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Luigi's Ristorante is located near both options.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Luigi's Ristorante.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Luigi's Ristorante will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Luigi's Ristorante accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Luigi's Ristorante serves up all three meals.
Italy doesn't quite seem so far away when you try the delicious cuisine at Luigi's Ristorante.
Traditional Dutch eats and treats make the menu at Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
For those who travel by bike, Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Your bill at Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
The 21st-century is here at Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Three meals a day are served at Dutch Pantry Family Restaurant, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
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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