Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Craving a late-night snack? Treat yourself to a canned good from Mohawk Beverage and satisfy your craving.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Mohawk Beverage serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Mohawk Beverage.
When you need some essential proteins, you'll definitely be covered with the great meat selection here.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
At Mohawk Beverage, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Mohawk Beverage.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Mohawk Beverage is located near a variety of parking options, making your selection a quick and easy one.
For tasty American fare, head to Clinton's Ditch for a sandwich and side.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Be sure to check out Clinton's Ditch's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Large groups will appreciate Clinton's Ditch for its ability to seat them quickly.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Clinton's Ditch welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Can't get enough of Clinton's Ditch's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
At Clinton's Ditch, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Clinton's Ditch is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Prices at Clinton's Ditch are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Clinton's Ditch's tasty restaurant.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Clinton's Ditch and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this pizzeria, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Skip long waits and head to Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria with your large group for easy seating.
Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Want to enjoy this pizzeria without the wait? Get it to go.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria to your next party or event.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria.
So come taste the pizza at Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Mario's Restaurant and Pizzeria.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Ferrari's Ristorante.
The chefs at Ferrari's Ristorante know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Grab all of your VIP pals, book a room at Ferrari's Ristorante and prepare to enjoy a delicious meal.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Ferrari's Ristorante's tasty dishes at your next party.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Ferrari's Ristorante.
At Ferrari's Ristorante, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
A typical meal at Ferrari's Ristorante will set you back less than $30.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
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.
Ferrari's Ristorante's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. When at Ferrari's Ristorante, you eat as deliciously as the Italians do.
Order up a burger, fries and shake off of Blue Ribbon Diner's top-rated menu.
Enjoy a creative, healthy meal at Blue Ribbon Diner.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Blue Ribbon Diner is a great location to host a group dinner.
Cut out wait times and book a table ahead of time.
The dress code at Blue Ribbon Diner is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
At Blue Ribbon Diner, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Travel by bike to Blue Ribbon Diner and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Blue Ribbon Diner s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
All major credit cards are accepted.
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 satisfy your cravings at a diner that knows it's stuff. Check out the highly-rated Blue Ribbon Diner today.
With its casual diner fare, you can sit down and let Blue Ribbon Diner do the cooking for you.
So when you're in the mood for a relaxed meal, make your way over to Blue Ribbon Diner and enjoy some diner fare.
After a missionary trip in Bolivia, Anton Steinhart returned to the States dissatisfied. He’d helped poor women in Bolivia learn to use sewing machines so they could sell products in America and pull themselves out of destitution. But he returned to his home country only to see it riddled with its own poverty. He yearned to make a difference, but he couldn’t figure out how. All he had was a good heart. And years of experience in the wine industry.
Inspired, Steinhart moved with a sense of urgency. He founded Wines for Humanity, a wine-tasting company with a charitable bent. Since it was founded in 2007, the wine organization has raised more than a million dollars for families on the verge of homelessness through benefit wine tastings.
A catalog of wines sourced from award-winning international vineyards powers each in-home tasting led by a wine adviser. He or she shares tips for fully experiencing each pour’s aroma and texture, such as to avoid using wine only as rouge; the advisor also educates guests on pairing wine with food. After each event, tasters can select bottles for themselves, and a percentage of the proceeds from each bottle goes to charity, satisfying Steinhart’s desire to help those in need.
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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