What more could you ask for than a place to sleep at night and a filling breakfast in the morning? Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn in Southbridge offers everything a bed and breakfast should and more!
Be sure to complete your meal at Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn with a drink from the bed and breakfast's full bar.
Big family? No problem. Bring the whole gang to Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Booking a suite at this bed and breakfast will ensure that you have plenty of room and an absolutely splendid stay.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn's free wifi hotspot.
The hotel offers call-ahead booking for conference rooms.
Order whenever you want. Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn has room service exactly how you want it.
Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn understands you wake up starving. That's why they already have breakfast prepared. Don't worry, it's free!
Guests can enjoy a great meal in the comfort of the hotel at the on-site eatery.
The hotel lounge is a great place to unwind and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn.
Fans of Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Kick back, relax and watch the game on Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria's TV.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this pizzeria can exceed a jackhammer.
Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Free parking is available right next door.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria has you covered.
Visit Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria for some of the best British pub food in Fiskdale.
Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill's extensive sushi menu earns top-notch ratings from its local patrons — be sure to roll on over and judge for yourself.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this sushi spot won't disappoint.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this sushi spot, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill for easy seating.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Dress is typically casual at Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
This sushi spot offers carryout for your convenience.
Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Your tab at Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Fiskdale.
Whether you are looking for a great lunch or dinner spot, Kaizen Sushi Bar and Grill serves up some of the best sushi dishes in town.
Cedar Street Grille's five-star culinary concoctions will transport you straight to France.
Those with gluten sensitivities can still enjoy Cedar Street Grille — the menu includes a number of gluten-free options.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Book a private room at Cedar Street Grille and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Cedar Street Grille will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Cedar Street Grille is close to a parking lot that also offers valet service.
Cedar Street Grille makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Cedar Street Grille's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
If you're looking to impress, the highly-rated French fare at Cedar Street Grille does the job perfectly.
Isn't it time you tasted your favorite French dishes with a trip to Cedar Street Grille?
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Traveler Restaurant.
Keep your diet in check at Traveler Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Through their catering service, Traveler Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Traveler Restaurant.
Commute by bike to Traveler Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Traveler Restaurant — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Traveler Restaurant provides service throughout the day.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Traveler Restaurant has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Traveler Restaurant and enjoy some great American classics.
Reviews don't lie: Thai Orchid's authentic Thai fare is chock-full of grade-A goodness.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Thai Orchid for a group meal.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Thai Orchid is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Or, take your food to go.
Thai Orchid is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Thai Orchid makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Thai Orchid has to offer.
When you're ready to take your Thai fare up a notch, the all-star menu at Thai Orchid is waiting.
So when you don't feel like dressing to impress but want top-notch Thai all the same, head to Thai Orchid for the best of the best.
Thai Orchid's Thai cuisine has something for everyone's taste, taking the drama out of eating out.
Order up your favorite Thai creation at Thai Orchid. You won't be disappointed.
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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