With a stay at Courtyard by Marriott Topeka in Topeka, you'll be close to Kansas Museum of History and Gage Park. This hotel is within the vicinity of Topeka Zoological Park and Washburn University.
Make yourself at home in one of the 90 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and pay movies provides entertainment. Bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an indoor pool and a fitness facility.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Courtyard by Marriott Topeka.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms and a meeting/conference room. Free parking is available onsite.
Hungry for a tasty meal but don't have the time to spend in the kitchen? Frozen food is an easy solution.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Cameron James Fish Market.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Pick up a loaf of bread from Cameron James Fish Market and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Cameron James Fish Market and pick up some fresh noodles.
Don't let the amazing deals at this place pass you by. When you stop in today, you'll be able to browse an absolutely fabulous selection of vinegar and oil that can mean transformative changes to your cuisine.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
More often than not, their patrons leave with the best, delicious meats the city has to offer.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Cameron James Fish Market.
For food that takes less time to prepare, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the canned food selection at Cameron James Fish Market.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Drivers will find parking not far from the store.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant is a local favorite.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Birthday, engagement or baby shower, celebrate any exciting moment with all your loved ones at Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant's gorgeous patio.
To get seated fast on a weeknight, you may want to call ahead and make a reservation — after-work crowds can fill the place up.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Taste the greatness Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant is serving up with meals around $30.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So when you just need a place to go, Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Topeka.
Everything from the apps to the entrees is infused with five-star Thai goodness at Central Topeka 2's Tup Tim Thai Restaurant.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Tup Tim Thai Restaurant for easy seating.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Driving to Tup Tim Thai Restaurant? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Tup Tim Thai Restaurant.
Tup Tim Thai Restaurant is making the best of both worlds happen: creating food that is full of flavor and affordable!
If breakfast isn't your thing, Tup Tim Thai Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When only the best will do, treat yourself to the highly-rated Thai dishes at Tup Tim Thai Restaurant.
With its casual feel and top-rated food, you need to come to Tup Tim Thai Restaurant when you're craving Thai.
Thai food makes for a delicious weekend meal, and you won't find much better than Tup Tim Thai Restaurant.
If you're looking for an authentic Thai restaurant in the area, make your way over to Tup Tim Thai Restaurant and enjoy some good eats.
The pit masters at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque & Catering Co, voted as having the Best Barbecue by Kansas Best 150 and continually proclaimed as having the Best Barbecue in Topeka by the Topeka Capital-Journal, have slowly smoked succulent meats over native hardwoods and charcoal for more than 15 years. Beginning as a one-woman catering business in the owner’s home kitchen, the eatery has grown into a 50-employee operation that serves more than 150,000 meals each year in a town of just 120,000 residents and only 100 forks. Each day, the cooks prepare picnic-style sides from scratch, boiling fresh potatoes before transforming them into salads and steak fries. To lock in moisture and flavor, the meat in the owner's preferred dish—the Elizabeth’s Favorite barbecued-chicken dinner—is served with its skin on, next to a cool scoop of coleslaw. The American Royal combo, a quarter-rack of ribs and quarter-pound of shredded meat or smoked sausage, comes with corn bread slathered in fresh honey butter and the imperial authority to declare Canada a fiefdom. When not dropping into the dining room for a casual dinner, barbecue lovers can place catering orders or book banquet meals in a private room that accommodates up to 100 guests.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Chili's for some good home American cooking.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Chili's has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Chili's has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Chili's.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Chili's cater for you.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
Chili's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Chili's s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Three meals a day are served at Chili's, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Chili's who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Chili's and taste your way through some great American dishes.
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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