Stop buying frozen meats from the grocery store, when you can find meat better prepared at Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop's butcher shop in Holmes.
Whether you pop it in the microwave or warm it up over the stove, the frozen food here is ready to eat.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop.
From sandwiches to salads, Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop serves up a wide array of healthy and tasty deli options.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
For cool, refreshing H20, Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop's got you covered.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop and sip your way through tasty goodness.
Impromptu barbecues are welcome here due to the available and excellent A+ meats.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop and cure your hunger pains.
Feeling hungry? Canned food from Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop makes for a quick and tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
Need something quick for lunch or dinner? Stop by Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop and pick up a sandwich for the road.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop will be tasty no matter what.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the store can get noisy.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
So be sure to visit Roy Tweedy's Old Fashion Shop in Holmes for an order of meat that the whole family will enjoy.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Pinocchio's Restaurant's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings for this Media joint.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Skip long waits and head to Pinocchio's Restaurant with your large group for easy seating.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Pinocchio's Restaurant is ultra casual.
Catering from Pinocchio's Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Pinocchio's Restaurant.
Pinocchio's Restaurant offers various parking options, including bike parking.
A visit to Pinocchio's Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pinocchio's Restaurant is at the top of the list.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Pinocchio's Restaurant, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Pinocchio's Restaurant is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Pinocchio's Restaurant and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Iron Hill Brewery, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Iron Hill Brewery features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
The private room at Iron Hill Brewery is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Iron Hill Brewery's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Iron Hill Brewery — attire is casual.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Iron Hill Brewery.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Iron Hill Brewery is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Iron Hill Brewery may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Iron Hill Brewery who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Iron Hill Brewery and enjoy some great American classics.
So head on over to the highly-rated Iron Hill Brewery for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Whether you're heading to Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
For those who travel by bike, Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen offers bike racks for diners.
Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen 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. Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen.
There's no doubt about it. Bella Roma Pizza Kitchen out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Quotations for American-style cuisine.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Fridays are for fun! Come check out the vibe at Quotations.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Quotations for a group meal.
Tap your foot to Quotations' tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Quotations welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Quotations' diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Quotations knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Quotations.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Quotations.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Quotations and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Azie in Media brings culinary creativity to a new level with its unique Asian-fusion menu.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Sometimes it's annoying to plan events for big groups, and sometimes it's easy with great restaurants like Azie helping you out.
Azie's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
You can also have Azie cater your next event.
Guests of Azie's W State St location can park their vehicles on the street.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Azie is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
When you're ready to treat yourself to a medley of spices and cooking styles, the Asian-fusion fare at Azie is worth every bite.
At trendy Azie, there's no need to narrow down your favorite cuisine. This Asian fusion awesomeness gives you a little taste of everything.
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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