Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Office Restaurant and Lounge, home of American comfort food.
Office Restaurant and Lounge's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Office Restaurant and Lounge, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Office Restaurant and Lounge and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Office Restaurant and Lounge's outdoor patio seating.
It tends to get especially busy on weeknights, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Office Restaurant and Lounge in jeans and a hoodie.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Office Restaurant and Lounge can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Office Restaurant and Lounge's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Office Restaurant and Lounge offers various parking options, including bike parking.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
At Office Restaurant and Lounge, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Office Restaurant and Lounge.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Office Restaurant and Lounge and munch on some American eats.
At Office Restaurant and Lounge you can find great American food at any time of the day.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Office Restaurant and Lounge.
Thick-rimmed glasses and vintage clothing are popular sights to be seen at Revolutionary Lounge — this unique coffeehouse is a hipster hot spot.
Health nuts will love Revolutionary Lounge for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Grab the kids when you head to this coffee shop — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
On warmer days, take advantage of Revolutionary Lounge's outdoor seating.
At Revolutionary Lounge, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Revolutionary Lounge, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the coffee shop.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Revolutionary Lounge — the dress code and ambience at this coffee shop are totally laid-back.
Can't get enough of Revolutionary Lounge's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
This coffee shop lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the coffee shop.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Revolutionary Lounge serves up all three meals.
People come to Revolutionary Lounge for the coffee, but they stay for its fun and trendy vibe.
When you have a long and busy day scheduled, head on over to Revolutionary Lounge and enjoy a cup of Joe.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Charlie's Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Health nuts will love Charlie's Pizza for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this pizzeria just as much as mom and dad.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Charlie's Pizza's gorgeous patio.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Charlie's Pizza's business casual code.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Charlie's Pizza offers catering.
This pizzeria offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the pizzeria space.
At Charlie's Pizza, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
Cyclists are in luck. Charlie's Pizza provides bike parking.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Charlie's Pizza.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Charlie's Pizza — they're open for all three meals.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Charlie's Pizza is at the top of the list.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Charlie's Pizza's pizza.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Charlie's Pizza.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Charlie's Pizza and pick up a pizza pie.
Dario Pizza Pasta Panini does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Dario Pizza Pasta Panini knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Dario Pizza Pasta Panini is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
That's right! Dario Pizza Pasta Panini will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
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.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Dario Pizza Pasta Panini is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Your tab at Dario Pizza Pasta Panini will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Dario Pizza Pasta Panini's pizza say it is the absolute best.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Dario Pizza Pasta Panini's pizza.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Dario Pizza Pasta Panini.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Dario Pizza Pasta Panini.
Visit Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Toms River's Toms River.
Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
If you're having a party, no need to stress out about cooking, cleaning or getting tables and chairs, have your party at Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails instead.
Eat outdoors Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Or, take your grub to go.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails for easy access to parking lots.
Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails.
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 restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Aqua Blu Kitchen and Cocktails.
A staple lunchtime favorite, Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey serves delicious deli fare to those in Toms River's Toms River district.
Keep your diet in check at Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
At Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
No need to dress up for a trip to Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
This restaurant offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Save some dough on parking at Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey.
Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
$15 can't buy you much, but it can buy you an amazing meal at Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey.
Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Isn't it time you visited Wolfie's Restaurant - Central Jersey for a deli that ensures its products are always high quality?
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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