A&W Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Schaumburg's Schaumburg district.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
A&W Restaurant is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly.
A&W Restaurant is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
There's no need to bust your budget at A&W Restaurant, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than A&W Restaurant.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at A&W Restaurant and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
For a quick and easy bite to eat, Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria is known for its piping hot pizza.
Health nuts will love Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria to grab a spot on the patio.
Get online gratis thanks to Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria's complimentary wifi.
Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
This pizzeria offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the pizzeria space.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria to create the perfect night.
Free parking is always available just seconds away from Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria has to offer.
At Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria, you can pay with any major credit card.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
If you're looking for some fine Italian cooking, you'll definitely love Moretti's Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants — this popular spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
For conscientious eaters, Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants is fully loaded with TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this bar with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Weekends are busy at the bar, so be prepared for longer wait times.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants is come-as-you-are.
You can also have Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants cater your next event.
For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants serves three meals a day.
So head to Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
So swing by Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
When you have a craving for some ethnic Mexican fare, make your way over to Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants and indulge in an array of eats.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at California Pizza Kitchen have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the pizzeria offers quite the selection.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Impress your friends and invite them to a party to remember at California Pizza Kitchen.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to California Pizza Kitchen's wifi.
California Pizza Kitchen does not accept reservations, so it doesn't hurt to be fashionably early.
At California Pizza Kitchen, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
California Pizza Kitchen can also cater your next party; call today for details.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near California Pizza Kitchen.
California Pizza Kitchen is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, California Pizza Kitchen is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at California Pizza Kitchen. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to California Pizza Kitchen for a tasty pizza pie.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at California Pizza Kitchen.
So when you need a pizza without the stress, California Pizza Kitchen has your back!
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to California Pizza Kitchen and pick up a pizza pie.
Maybe it's the charming tea graphics on a poster that catch your eye as you walk by or the smell of warm double-chocolate loaf cake escaping as someone slips out the door, but there are countless reasons to be drawn into an Argo Tea Café. Although, the all-natural signature drinks
–inspired by creative mixologists, passionate chefs, and intelligent nutritionists—are Argo's biggest source of pride.
Argo brings teas directly from growers around the world and blends them into these signature drinks that range from an icy Green Tea Ginger Twist to a steamy Hibiscus Apple Cider. These unique blends are created naturally without any additives, colorings, or flavorings. Argo even introduces seasonal drinks throughout the year, 10% of the proceeds of which are donated toward their Partner of the Season.
This campaign speaks to Argo's conscientiousness, as does the way the company is committed to sustainabilTEA with environmentally friendly packaging and operating all of their cafes with renewable wind power. Argo offers discounts for customers who bring in reusable Argo tumblers, and the company regularly contributes back to each store's communiTEA. Customers can also enroll in the LoyalTea Club to receive cash credits and free drinks or lunches.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Schaumburg's Shaw's Crab House — this Schaumburg seafood spot has quite the selection.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Shaw's Crab House makes it easy. Book your room today.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Shaw's Crab House's gorgeous patio.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Shaw's Crab House.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Shaw's Crab House, where dress code calls for business casual.
Shaw's Crab House can also cater your next party; call today for details.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Dining at Shaw's Crab House? Enjoy the easy and free parking in the lot next door.
A visit to Shaw's Crab House will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
So the next time you want to upgrade your dinner experience, catch some seafood at Shaw's Crab House's amazing restaurant.
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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