Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Skyway Bar and Grill for all of your favorite American dishes.
Vegans rejoice! There are plenty of animal-free options here.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Head on over to Skyway Bar and Grill for weekday and weekend happy hour.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Skyway Bar and Grill has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
If you're feeling up to it, take a turn on the dance floor.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
For those who travel by bike, Skyway Bar and Grill offers bike racks for diners.
An average meal at Skyway Bar and Grill will set you back about $30.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Skyway Bar and Grill.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Skyway Bar and Grill and load up on some classic American dishes.
Find something on the menu for everyone at Shirley's Tippy Canoe in Troutdale.
Shirley's Tippy Canoe is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Shirley's Tippy Canoe features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Shirley's Tippy Canoe.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Shirley's Tippy Canoe.
Weeknights are often swamped, so plan ahead and make a reservation to avoid the restaurant's rush.
Shirley's Tippy Canoe goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Shirley's Tippy Canoe as well.
The parking options near Shirley's Tippy Canoe are quick and painless.
Travel by bike to Shirley's Tippy Canoe and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Your tab at Shirley's Tippy Canoe will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Brunch is the house specialty at Shirley's Tippy Canoe, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar in Welches.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar.
Large groups will appreciate The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar for its ability to seat them quickly.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar, you can surf the web and get some work done.
You'll also catch a live DJ spinning at The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar some evenings.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar — attire is casual.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar for their catering services.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar — swing by for your favorite meal.
The best barbecue in town awaits at The Shack Restaurant and Sports Bar — don't delay.
For good eats and good times in Rhododendron, dine at Barlow Trail Roadhouse.
For healthy and nutritious meals filled with flavor, dine at Barlow Trail Roadhouse.
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.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Barlow Trail Roadhouse.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Barlow Trail Roadhouse's style.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
At Barlow Trail Roadhouse, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
Barlow Trail Roadhouse makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
With prices so reasonable, our menu will seem like a full buffet. Eat like a king at Barlow Trail Roadhouse.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Troutdale General Store serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Troutdale's Troutdale district.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Troutdale General Store's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Take it nice and easy at Troutdale General Store, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
At Troutdale General Store, you can count on quick and easy street parking close by.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Troutdale General Store.
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Stop by for three square meals a day — Troutdale General Store serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When American food comes to mind, Troutdale General Store should be your first choice.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Troutdale General Store for your next meal.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Troutdale General Store.
Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at El Burro Loco.
El Burro Loco offers a wide variety of gluten-free menu items.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
El Burro Loco is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
At El Burro Loco, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Bring the El Burro Loco's great food to your place.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Stop by for three square meals a day — El Burro Loco serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come on over to El Burro Loco to get a taste of their delicious Mexican classics.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to El Burro Loco.
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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