For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Dick and Jenny's for American-style cuisine.
Dick and Jenny's serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Pick up your favorite drinks on your way to Dick and Jenny's and enjoy your favorite beverage with good eats.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Dick and Jenny's is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Dick and Jenny's.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Dick and Jenny's to your next party or event.
Dick and Jenny's is located near endless free parking options.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Dick and Jenny's.
An average meal at Dick and Jenny's will set you back about $30.
Dick and Jenny's accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Dick and Jenny's, and they're waiting to serve you!
Make your way over to Dick and Jenny's and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Dick and Jenny's today.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, La Hacienda Brighton's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
At La Hacienda Brighton, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? La Hacienda Brighton also offers catering.
La Hacienda Brighton is just steps away from a parking lot.
La Hacienda Brighton's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on La Hacienda Brighton's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
So come taste the pizza at La Hacienda Brighton for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
So bring your appetite to La Hacienda Brighton. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at La Hacienda Brighton.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay La Hacienda Brighton a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Take a trip to Buffalo Roadhouse Grill in Tonawanda and make your next meal a good one.
Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
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.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Buffalo Roadhouse Grill.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Buffalo Roadhouse Grill when the weather is warm.
Dress is typically casual at Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Buffalo Roadhouse Grill offers catering.
Parking is easily accessible.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Buffalo Roadhouse Grill's moderately priced fare.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
Buffalo's Greek To Me's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
The healthy menu items at Greek To Me will leave you with a full stomach.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
The large dining space at Greek To Me provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Greek To Me won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Can't get enough of Greek To Me's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Greek To Me for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Greek To Me and taste test your way through the menu.
So check out the delicious variety of Greek dishes at Greek To Me today.
Jim's Steakout serves up a classic lineup of philly cheesesteaks, hoagies, and chicken fingers, silencing rumbling stomachs from high noon to high moon with locations throughout western New York.
From lunchtime until as late as 2 a.m. or 5 a.m., each of Jim's outposts fills stingers—or hot subs—with steak and cheese, bacon, and combinations of italian sausage and other meats. Hoagies meet nearly every appetite with three sizes, ranging from a lunch-appropriate four-inch Kaiser roll to an Italian roll that reaches an entire foot long. Whichever size diners choose, they can get their roll stuffed with chicken, provolone, and sautéed spinach—known as the chicken-in-the-grass hoagie—or any number of other hot or cold ingredients. The menu also rolls out a red carpet for creative sides such as fries smothered in chopped steak and cheese, stuffed banana peppers, and fried mac 'n' cheese bites. To sweeten each classic meal, the kitchen fries up funnel cakes to order.
For fast food in Tonawanda's Tonawanda neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, McDonald's has something that every stomach will enjoy.
At McDonald's, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into McDonald's' free wifi hotspot.
On warmer days, take advantage of McDonald's' outdoor seating.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of McDonald's.
For those not a part of the "one percent", McDonald's serves reasonably-priced food that everyone can enjoy (and that everyone will want to eat).
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, McDonald's is a great dining option for any time of day.
McDonald's serves up tasty burgers at a quick pace, so stop by today and enjoy a great meal.
So stop in for a quick bite to eat at McDonald's 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:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
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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