For perfectly marbled meats, cut fresh while you wait, you can't go wrong with Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli in Sun Prairie.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
From canned soups to canned vegetables, this store has a wide selection of tasty and healthy options.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Meat lovers rejoice! From chicken to beef to pork, the meat selection here is sure to please.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
Choose from meaty and veggie favorites at Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli and munch your way through a tasty sandwich.
Perfect for cooking! Almost every delicious dish begins with oil and vinegar as an ingredient or for simply making sure your food doesn't stick to the pan!
Ready for a change? Switch up your weekly meal selections with some bold spices and seasonings from here.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli and feel energized all day.
From sandwiches to salads, Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli serves up a wide array of healthy and tasty deli options.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Many parking options are available in the area.
Don't spare an expense on the food that goes into your body. The butcher at Jacobson Bros Meats and Deli in Sun Prairie will give you quality meats for great-tasting dishes.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to 1855 Saloon and Grill for American-style cuisine.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
1855 Saloon and Grill is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at 1855 Saloon and Grill.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
The lively clientele and reverberating tunes result in a noisy scene, so don't plan any quiet conversation at the restaurant.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
1855 Saloon and Grill's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
1855 Saloon and Grill s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, 1855 Saloon and Grill has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at 1855 Saloon and Grill.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated 1855 Saloon and Grill.
Buck and Honeys offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Buck and Honeys, a local favorite.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Reserve the private room at Buck and Honeys for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Buck and Honeys' outdoor patio.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Take it nice and easy at Buck and Honeys, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Throwing a big party? Count on Buck and Honeys to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Dine at Buck and Honeys and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Buck and Honeys' moderately priced fare.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Buck and Honeys for tasty American fare.
Swing by Buck and Honeys today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
So head on over to the highly-rated Buck and Honeys for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Swing by Glass Nickel Pizza Co. and enjoy a quick slice of pizza.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Glass Nickel Pizza Co.'s gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Wifi access is totally free at Glass Nickel Pizza Co., perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Through their catering service, Glass Nickel Pizza Co. can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
Fed up with difficult parking? At Glass Nickel Pizza Co., you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Glass Nickel Pizza Co.
Meals at Glass Nickel Pizza Co. are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Glass Nickel Pizza Co., where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Glass Nickel Pizza Co. serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Glass Nickel Pizza Co. has you covered.
Sun Prairie's Atlantis Taverna's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Atlantis Taverna's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Atlantis Taverna for easy seating.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Atlantis Taverna.
Throwing a big party? Count on Atlantis Taverna to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Atlantis Taverna.
Travel by bike to Atlantis Taverna and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Get ready to chow down on some delicious Greek food when you make your way over to Atlantis Taverna.
El Patron Mexican Grill is perfect for grabbing a quick (and tasty) taco or two.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at El Patron Mexican Grill.
At El Patron Mexican Grill, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
El Patron Mexican Grill's patrons can find places to park in the area.
The menu at El Patron Mexican Grill is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by El Patron Mexican Grill and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than at El Patron Mexican Grill, so head on over today and chow down on some unique tacos.
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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