Serving finger-licking flavor in Southlake's Southlake neighborhood is MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a tasty burger house with all the right moves.
Grab the kids when you head to this burger joint — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Access the Internet free of charge via MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes' complimentary wifi.
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this burger joint.
Fed up with difficult parking? At MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes.
College students on a budget will love the fare at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes
priced just right and seasoned to perfection, every dish here is worth checking out.
Juicy burgers await your palette at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes. Don't wait another minute to have this glorious experience.
Enjoy a classic with a burger at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes.
When it comes to top-of-the-line sushi and a fresh new ambiance, Sushi Zushi of Southlake is considered ahead of the game with rave reviews and excellent ratings.
Have a gluten-free restriction? No problem. Head to Sushi Zushi of Southlake for tasty, gluten-free eats.
Toast your evening out at this sushi spot with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this sushi spot — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Sushi Zushi of Southlake.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Sushi Zushi of Southlake's complimentary wifi.
Sushi Zushi of Southlake offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this sushi spot's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Sushi Zushi of Southlake's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Sushi Zushi of Southlake s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
At Sushi Zushi of Southlake, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
If you're looking for a place to grab some star-studded sushi with a trendy twist, make Sushi Zushi of Southlake your go-to spot.
Share good food and show your friends a good time at Sushi Zushi of Southlake.
Sushi Zushi of Southlake is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Southlake.
From the classic California to the colorful Caterpillar, there's ingenuity in every roll of sushi at Sushi Zushi of Southlake.
Coal Vines Pizza Southlake is a local pizza gem for casual diners.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Coal Vines Pizza Southlake's al fresco patio seating.
Coal Vines Pizza Southlake is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Coal Vines Pizza Southlake.
Can't get enough of Coal Vines Pizza Southlake's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Or, take your food to go.
Coal Vines Pizza Southlake is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Coal Vines Pizza Southlake.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Coal Vines Pizza Southlake s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the pizzeria, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Coal Vines Pizza Southlake.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Coal Vines Pizza Southlake.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Southlake's Rockfish Seafood Grill — this Southlake seafood spot has quite the selection.
Rockfish Seafood Grill offers great gluten-free alternatives to fan favorites.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Rockfish Seafood Grill.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Rockfish Seafood Grill.
You pup can accompany you to Rockfish Seafood Grill, which welcomes dogs.
This restaurant's most sought after items include The Tower, Mussels In Garlic Wine Butter, Crab Cake Appetizer, Rockfish Sampler, and Ahi Tuna Nachos.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Rockfish Seafood Grill prides itself in its delicious catering.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Rockfish Seafood Grill is just steps away from a parking lot.
Rockfish Seafood Grill is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Rockfish Seafood Grill running under $30 per person.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Rockfish Seafood Grill since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For the freshest catch in town, make your way over to the highly-rated Rockfish Seafood Grill.
Brio Tuscan Grille knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
With plenty of room to go around, Brio Tuscan Grille also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
The patio tables outside of Brio Tuscan Grille are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Brio Tuscan Grille in jeans and a hoodie.
For the tastes of Brio Tuscan Grille from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Take advantage of valet parking at Brio Tuscan Grille's Plaza Pl location, and don't waste time circling the block.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Brio Tuscan Grille.
Prices at Brio Tuscan Grille are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
The menu at Brio Tuscan Grille includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Come see why the Italian food at Brio Tuscan Grille is well worth the price.
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Brio Tuscan Grille.
Test your heat tolerance at Copelands of New Orleans, and bite into some of the best Cajun cooking in town.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Perfect for parties on the larger side, Copelands of New Orleans also has a private area available for use.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Copelands of New Orleans' complimentary wifi.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Copelands of New Orleans' outdoor patio seating.
Comfort is prioritized at Copelands of New Orleans, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
At Copelands of New Orleans you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Cyclists are in luck. Copelands of New Orleans provides bike parking.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Copelands of New Orleans.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
The menu at Copelands of New Orleans features Cajun items, so head on over today and enjoy a flavorful meal.
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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