MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a local favorite that not only serves excellent, fully-customizable burgers, but also reminds you what exceptional Guest service looks and feels like. (In case you forgot, it feels pretty darn good.) The menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters, and is inclusive to most dietary restrictions. Fresh toppings, high quality ingredients, and unbelievably flavorful – need we go on? This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends, or an enjoyable lunch option if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your office cubicle. Just a reminder: unlike MOOYAH, your cubicle doesn’t have a giant MOODLE DOODLE board that you can release your inner Picasso on.
Sip on an ice-cold beverage, while your burger sizzles on the grill. Sink your teeth into their fresh-baked buns, and savor each and every delectable fry. Seal the deal with a hand-spun, 100% real ice cream shake – the closest you’ll ever come to heaven on Earth. Tickle your taste buds, and stir your senses at MOOYAH – where every Guest is not only important, but a part of the family.
If you love to cook, you will love the vast variety of staple and specialty grocery items at Nichols Coffee Cafe in Flint.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at Nichols Coffee Cafe.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Nichols Coffee Cafe and slurp your way to happiness.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Nichols Coffee Cafe for some hydration while you're on the move.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Nichols Coffee Cafe.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
When you're pulling long hours at the office, you don't want to come home and spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Fix that potential problem by exploring the frozen food options offered here.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
If you're looking for a quick and tasty side dish to go with your meal, check out these great canned food items.
When you are running low on kitchen staples, such as oil and vinegar, pick some up at Nichols Coffee Cafe.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Nichols Coffee Cafe is located in close proximity to available parking in the surrounding area.
Make sure your cabinets and drawers are filled with only the best food when you shop the shelves at Nichols Coffee Cafe.
Visit Tyler's Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Some may say it's rare to see healthy, gluten-free menu options, but Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ says it's a necessity.
Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ is a local hotspot for those who prefer to bring their own beverages.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
The happy hour at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ offers deals you won't want to miss.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ.
Be sure to check out Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Wifi access is totally free at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ.
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ patrons come in casual attire.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ to create the perfect night.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ for lunch or dinner.
You'll want to make sure you pay a visit to Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ's treasure trove of barbecue sooner rather than later.
Your next rack of ribs is right around the corner. Don't hesitate to swing by Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ for some down-home BBQ.
Visit Rick's On The Square for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Tyler's Downtown Tyler.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Rick's On The Square will leave you happy and full.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Host your next party at Rick's On The Square for a meal your guests will remember.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Rick's On The Square when the weather is warm.
There's plenty of room at the restaurant for dancing as well.
The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Through their catering service, Rick's On The Square can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At Rick's On The Square, valet parking is at your service.
Rick's On The Square offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Rick's On The Square.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Rick's On The Square for tasty American fare.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Rick's On The Square.
Come taste what Coyote Sams Bar and Grille is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Don't miss out on the great happy hour deals at Coyote Sams Bar and Grille.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Coyote Sams Bar and Grille.
Hop online in no time using Coyote Sams Bar and Grille's free wifi.
Dine with fellow dancing machines — the restaurant is stocked with a lively, open floor.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this restaurant for carryout.
Coyote Sams Bar and Grille will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Coyote Sams Bar and Grille makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Coyote Sams Bar and Grille, so plan your budget accordingly.
Coyote Sams Bar and Grille has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Coyote Sams Bar and Grille and treat yourself to an American classic.
When you come to Coyote Sams Bar and Grille, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
For a solid steak and potato favorite, Outback Steakhouse doesn't mess around with its A+ ratings and star-studded reviews.
Health nuts will appreciate the light and low-fat menu choices.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
At Outback Steakhouse, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Outback Steakhouse's gorgeous patio.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Outback Steakhouse patrons come in casual attire.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Can't get enough of Outback Steakhouse's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Outback Steakhouse is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Outback Steakhouse's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
For an all-star steakhouse too good to pass up, pay a visit to Outback Steakhouse.
So sit down to an excellent steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse, where you can expect terrific flavor and quality in every bite.
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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