A stay at Hilton Garden Inn Temple places you in the heart of Temple and within the vicinity of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. This hotel is within the region of Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
Make yourself at home in one of the guestrooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. 42-inch high-definition televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include microwaves and irons/ironing boards.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom.
Big tastes abound at Temple's Pignetti's Restaurant, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Pignetti's Restaurant will leave you happy and full.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Pignetti's Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Pignetti's Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No need to dress to the nines here — Pignetti's Restaurant's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Pignetti's Restaurant to your next party or event.
Street parking is readily available near Pignetti's Restaurant's South 2nd Street location.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Pignetti's Restaurant accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Pignetti's Restaurant's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
Give your dining routine the Italian boot! Try the fabulously authentic dishes at Pignetti's Restaurant today.
Wings Pizza N Things serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Wings Pizza N Things has you covered on both fronts.
This pizzeria patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Just around the workday bend are Wings Pizza N Things' happy hour food and drink bargains.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Wings Pizza N Things.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Wings Pizza N Things for easy seating.
The pizzeria's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Wings Pizza N Things' tasty dishes at your next party.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Wings Pizza N Things is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Wings Pizza N Things this weekend.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Wings Pizza N Things.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q in Temple.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Seating is readily available at Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q for those with large parties.
Wifi is on the house at Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Comfort is prioritized at Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
The parking lot near Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
The best barbecue innovations await you when you pay a visit to Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q.
So kick back and enjoy some low-key barbecue. It doesn't get much better than Clem Mikeska's Bar-B-Q.
Find the perfect pairing for your next sandwich at Las Casas Restaurant and Patio — this shop thrives on fine meat and fresh bread.
Las Casas Restaurant and Patio serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Las Casas Restaurant and Patio's gorgeous patio.
Large groups will appreciate Las Casas Restaurant and Patio for its ability to seat them quickly.
Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this restaurant.
Dress is typically casual at Las Casas Restaurant and Patio, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Las Casas Restaurant and Patio will ensure that it is delicious.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Las Casas Restaurant and Patio — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
If you are looking for a great grab-and-go lunch option in the area, a sandwich from Las Casas Restaurant and Patio will do the trick.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.
So round up your friends and head over to BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse for a casual American meal.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse today.
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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