Located in Bridgewater, Marriott Bridgewater is in the suburbs, minutes from Bridgewater Commons, and close to United States Bicycling Hall of Fame. This hotel is within the vicinity of Duke Gardens and Commerce Bank Ballpark.
Make yourself at home in one of the 347 air-conditioned guestrooms. Pay movies and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Bridgewater? This hotel has 11307 square feet (1018 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.
When you need some essential proteins, you'll definitely be covered with the great meat selection here.
Purchase some new spices and seasonings from here and treat yourself to a fun and creative night cooking in the kitchen.
Don't let the incredible deals for vinegar and oil pass you by. When you shop here, you can stock up on the many varieties of those two ingredients to absolutely transform your cooking.
From sliced deli meat to flavorful cheeses, Quick Chek serves up a large variety of deli favorites.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Quick Chek can hook you up with the latest coffee and tea beverages.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Going on a picnic or thirsting for a tasty sandwich? Why not go to Quick Chek and pick one up for lunch or dinner!
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Quick Chek.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
If you're cooking up a large dinner for the whole family, grab some canned goods from Quick Chek and create some yummy and easy side dishes.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Quick Chek for all your protein and calcium needs.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Quick Chek.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Park your car in one of their many available spaces.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Mannion's Pub and Restaurant is a top pick.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Mannion's Pub and Restaurant's wifi.
At Mannion's Pub and Restaurant, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
At Mannion's Pub and Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Mannion's Pub and Restaurant as well.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Mannion's Pub and Restaurant's busiest days.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Mannion's Pub and Restaurant's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Mannion's Pub and Restaurant.
Commute by bike to Mannion's Pub and Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
The menu at Mannion's Pub and Restaurant includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
For simply amazing pub food, Mannion's Pub and Restaurant has all of your favorites to continuously satisfy your hunger.
Visit Sarah Jane's Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Raritan's Raritan.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Sarah Jane's Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Sarah Jane's Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Comfort is prioritized at Sarah Jane's Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Can't get enough of Sarah Jane's Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Sarah Jane's Restaurant, a local restaurant.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Prices at Sarah Jane's Restaurant are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Sarah Jane's Restaurant's tasty restaurant.
When you come to Sarah Jane's Restaurant, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria is a casual pizza restaurant that serves up fresh, hot and creative pizzas.
The pizzeria's menu includes an exquisite selection of pizzas and pastas.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
The patio tables outside of Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria, where business casual attire is standard.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria is located near plenty of options.
Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Meals at Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria has to offer.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Alfonso's Family Trattoria and Gourmet Pizzeria has you covered.
Fans of California Pizza Kitchen make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this Bridgewater hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu.
Quit fat and gluten at California Pizza Kitchen, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Call California Pizza Kitchen for catering if you have a big event coming up.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
California Pizza Kitchen is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that California Pizza Kitchen is at the top of the list.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. California Pizza Kitchen's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So head on over to California Pizza Kitchen, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to California Pizza Kitchen and pick up a pizza pie.
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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