Hotel Capstone is in the heart of Tuscaloosa, walking distance from Paul W. Bryant Museum and Coleman Coliseum. This hotel is within close proximity of Denny Chimes and University of Alabama.
Make yourself at home in one of the 150 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.
Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Tuscaloosa's Tuscaloosa district.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Cheers to the weekend! Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa is serving up the fun!
Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa.
Bring your favorite furball along to Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa — it has a dog-friendly policy and keeps its doors open to pooches.
Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
That's right! Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa is surrounded by endless parking options.
The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa and enjoy some great American classics.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Wilhagan's Of Tuscaloosa and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at Five.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
The happy hour at Five is sure to impress.
Five is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Getting online is easy with Five's free and convenient wifi.
Dine out in the open during Five's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Five is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Five is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Five s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Five serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Five.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Five.
So give into your craving and stop by Five for some trendy and tasty American cuisine.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Tuscaloosa's Chuck's Fish — this Tuscaloosa seafood spot has quite the selection.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Chuck's Fish.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
With plenty of room to go around, Chuck's Fish also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Chuck's Fish's complimentary wifi.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Chuck's Fish with their charming outdoor seating.
Between the music and the crowds, Chuck's Fish's noise levels can be intense.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Chuck's Fish's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Diners at Chuck's Fish will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Chuck's Fish has all the right seafood dishes to keep you and your family satisfied when paying them a visit.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
For comfortable outdoor service, Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio.
Can't get enough of Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant.
So head on over to the highly-rated Hooligans American and Mediterranean Restaurant for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at Cypress Inn Restaurant.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Cypress Inn Restaurant's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion.
Come order a flavorful feast at Cypress Inn Restaurant, and sit outside if it's nice!
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Cypress Inn Restaurant's free wifi.
Cypress Inn Restaurant goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Through their catering service, Cypress Inn Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Love the food at this restaurant but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
At Cypress Inn Restaurant, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Travel by bike to Cypress Inn Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Cypress Inn Restaurant s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
At Cypress Inn Restaurant, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Cypress Inn Restaurant is the place for you.
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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