Visit Mahwah's Mason Jar for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
At Mason Jar, you can enjoy healthy and gluten-free eats.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Fridays are for fun! Come check out the vibe at Mason Jar.
Be sure to check out Mason Jar's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Your group can sit comfortably at Mason Jar, a local restaurant.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Live music is often featured for diners' enjoyment.
Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Mason Jar's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Through their catering service, Mason Jar can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Mason Jar.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Mason Jar will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Mason Jar accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
So head on over to Mason Jar and browse the extensive menu of classic and innovative barbecue dishes.
Make sure your next meal is a good one. Get your barbecue on at Mason Jar.
Characters Bar and Restaurant is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Characters Bar and Restaurant caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Wear what you like when you dine at Characters Bar and Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Characters Bar and Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Characters Bar and Restaurant is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Characters Bar and Restaurant.
Characters Bar and Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Characters Bar and Restaurant accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Characters Bar and Restaurant.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Characters Bar and Restaurant.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Characters Bar and Restaurant.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Folks tend to dress down at Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
For easy dining, Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant for a tasty pizza pie.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
When you order pizza from Nonna's Pizza and Restaurant, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Roxanne's Restaurant, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Some may say it's rare to see healthy, gluten-free menu options, but Roxanne's Restaurant says it's a necessity.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Roxanne's Restaurant's outdoor patio seating.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Roxanne's Restaurant wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
You can also have Roxanne's Restaurant cater your next event.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Stop the stress of trying to find a parking spot and head to the lot next to Roxanne's Restaurant for parking and valet services.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Roxanne's Restaurant.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Roxanne's Restaurant hits the nail on the head.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Roxanne's Restaurant!
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Roxanne's Restaurant.
Come taste what Sutters Mill of Suffern is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Sutters Mill of Suffern is fully loaded with TVs for your viewing pleasure.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Sutters Mill of Suffern's busiest days.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Sutters Mill of Suffern in jeans and a hoodie.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Sutters Mill of Suffern.
At Sutters Mill of Suffern, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Sutters Mill of Suffern.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Sutters Mill of Suffern.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Sutters Mill of Suffern and taste your way through some great American dishes.
If you're craving food from one of the top British pubs in Suffern, Sutters Mill of Suffern is the place to go.
Build your own burger at Rhodes North Tavern — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Rhodes North Tavern is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Rhodes North Tavern, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Rhodes North Tavern.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Rhodes North Tavern is close to multiple parking options.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Rhodes North Tavern.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Rhodes North Tavern serves three meals a day.
The friendly staff at Rhodes North Tavern are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Pay Rhodes North Tavern a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
Rhodes North Tavern has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
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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