Brighten your day with some of Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar's tasty Caribbean dishes.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar's patio.
Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar prides itself in its delicious catering.
Looking for a safe parking spot? Look no further than the parking garage next door to Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar for lunch or dinner.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Top-of-the-line taste is not far at Mangos Restaurant and Tiki Bar, so Caribbean-fare lovers should find their way to the table.
Applebee's is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Applebee's' low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
Kick back, relax and watch the game on Applebee's' TV.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Applebee's, you can surf the web and get some work done.
At Applebee's, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Be sure to check out Applebee's' outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Applebee's — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Park in the open lot next to Applebee's and score easy and free parking.
At Applebee's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Applebee's will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Applebee's serves three meals a day.
When you're looking for a bite of some great American dishes, you definitely won't need to look any further than Applebee's.
So when you just need a place to go, Applebee's is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Seminole.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Applebee's and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Fresh fare can be found at Friendly Fisherman Waterfront, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Treat yourself to a healthy meal at Friendly Fisherman Waterfront, a local restaurant.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Friendly Fisherman Waterfront has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Take the kids along too — Friendly Fisherman Waterfront is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Friendly Fisherman Waterfront's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Friendly Fisherman Waterfront is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Friendly Fisherman Waterfront.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
Take it nice and easy at Friendly Fisherman Waterfront, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
For the tastes of Friendly Fisherman Waterfront from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Parking is easy at Friendly Fisherman Waterfront, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
A typical meal at Friendly Fisherman Waterfront will set you back less than $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Friendly Fisherman Waterfront since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Grab a seat and dig in! Gators Cafe and Saloon in Treasure Island offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Gators Cafe and Saloon.
Wifi access is totally free at Gators Cafe and Saloon, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
At Gators Cafe and Saloon, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Gators Cafe and Saloon's gorgeous patio.
Get down after dinner to some live music — restaurant often hosts bands and other musical acts.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Gators Cafe and Saloon's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Throwing a big party? Count on Gators Cafe and Saloon to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Gators Cafe and Saloon's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Gators Cafe and Saloon for lunch or dinner.
Seminole's Greek Village Restaurant's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
Greek Village Restaurant is our corner of happy and healthy with rich flavors and bold ingredients.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
For comfortable outdoor service, Greek Village Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio.
At Greek Village Restaurant, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Greek Village Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Greek Village Restaurant wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Greek Village Restaurant as well.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Greek Village Restaurant offers safe bike parking outside.
Greek Village Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Craving Greek food? Make your way for some tasty dishes at Greek Village Restaurant.
Score your next slice at Delosa's Pizza — this Madeira Beach joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Delosa's Pizza.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Delosa's Pizza.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the pizzeria can get noisy.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Delosa's Pizza patrons come in casual attire.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
At Delosa's Pizza, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
Delosa's Pizza provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
You'll find your bill at Delosa's Pizza to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Delosa's Pizza welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Everyone's talking about Delosa's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Delosa's Pizza.
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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