Treat yourself to good food and drink at Star Fish Company in Cortez.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Star Fish Company for your next big event.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Star Fish Company.
Star Fish Company offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Can't get enough of Star Fish Company's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Star Fish Company.
At Star Fish Company, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
Make sure your wallet is stocked with green, as Star Fish Company only takes cash.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Star Fish Company is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, you can experience the culture of the Caribbean and exotic foods.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Musical groups perform live at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations.
Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill.
Prices at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Whether you're hankering for jerk chicken, conch, or spicy stew, the Caribbean cooking at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill is up everyone's alley.
Fresh fare can be found at Beach House Restaurant, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Beach House Restaurant is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! Beach House Restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Beach House Restaurant.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Beach House Restaurant diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Large groups will appreciate Beach House Restaurant for its ability to seat them quickly.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Beach House Restaurant.
Dining at Beach House Restaurant will set you back about $30 per person on average.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
On warmer days, take advantage of Gulf Drive Cafe's outdoor seating.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Gulf Drive Cafe's complimentary wifi.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Gulf Drive Cafe also offers catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Gulf Drive Cafe offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Gulf Drive Cafe is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Oma Pizza and Restaurant is a local pizza gem for casual diners.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Oma Pizza and Restaurant.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this pizzeria's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Commute by bike to Oma Pizza and Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
Oma Pizza and Restaurant has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at Oma Pizza and Restaurant's restaurant.
So head on over to Oma Pizza and Restaurant and order a pizza filled with all of your favorite yummy toppings.
Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Blue Marlin in Bradenton Beach.
The restaurant's menu also includes options for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Blue Marlin's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Blue Marlin.
Blue Marlin is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
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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