Sebago Brewing Company is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Sebago Brewing Company provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Sebago Brewing Company.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Sebago Brewing Company is business casual all the way.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
At Sebago Brewing Company, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Cyclists are in luck. Sebago Brewing Company provides bike parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Sebago Brewing Company's moderately priced fare.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Sebago Brewing Company, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Sebago Brewing Company and munch on some American eats.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Sebago Brewing Company and enjoy some great American classics.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Sebago Brewing Company is all about.
Take a break with a hot slice at Romeo's Pizza — this casual pizza joint is a favorite among pizza pie connoisseurs.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Wifi is on the house at Romeo's Pizza, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Romeo's Pizza is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
Romeo's Pizza offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Romeo's Pizza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
This pizzeria will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Romeo's Pizza serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Romeo's Pizza.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Romeo's Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
As its multi-star ratings show, Texas Roadhouse serves the best in all things beef, making this Scarborough steakhouse hard to match.
Quit fat and gluten at Texas Roadhouse, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Texas Roadhouse offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Texas Roadhouse provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Menu items at Texas Roadhouse tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Texas Roadhouse is sure to hit the spot.
For a tender, flavorful steak that is sure to satisfy, be sure to check out Texas Roadhouse.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Dimitri's Restaurant in Scarborough.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Dimitri's Restaurant, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Dimitri's Restaurant.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Dimitri's Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Dimitri's Restaurant, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Dimitri's Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
This restaurant also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the restaurant's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Dimitri's Restaurant is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Dimitri's Restaurant is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you're craving tasty Chinese cuisine, Happy Garden in Scarborough is sure to hit the spot.
For healthy and gluten-free fare, head to Happy Garden.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Happy Garden — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this restaurant totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Happy Garden.
Happy Garden provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Happy Garden s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Happy Garden and taste test your way through the menu.
Whether it's chicken lo mein, szechuan beef, or dumplings, Happy Garden has all of your favorites to make your takeout truly perfect.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Chili's.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Chili's, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Chili's.
Chili's tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chili's as well.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Chili's.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Chili's will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Chili's.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Chili's.
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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