Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar.
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Bike parking is quick and easy at The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar.
Make your way over to the highly-rated The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar and taste your way through some great American dishes.
In 1993, the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building was transformed into an Italian restaurant, becoming the first Buca di Beppo. The owners soon found themselves riding a wave of popularity and marinara sauce as they opened new restaurants across the nation. Today, the eatery occupies 97 locations nationwide, from San Francisco to Times Square.
At each location, chefs maintain the northern and southern Italian flavors that made the original so popular, with a few American twists. Then they serve it up in massive, family-style portions, making Buca di Beppo a favorite place for hungry families and groups of friends.
For starters, the chefs bake up batches of Cheesy Bread Florentine, a colorful combo of spinach, roma tomatoes, and garlic sprinkled over Italian bread and sealed in place with fresh, melted cheeses. Entrées are prepared with an eye toward quality and quantity, both of size and selection, complete with Veal Parmigiana, Baked Ziti, and classic Italian-American staples like Ravioli and Lasagna. And in keeping with the convivial atmosphere, they also serve truly decadent desserts. The Colossal Brownie Sundae towers above other sweets with six scoops of ice cream and tiers of sundae trimmings.
Go beyond just beans and rice at La Hacienda Mexican Cafe, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
La Hacienda Mexican Cafe provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
Wear what you like when you dine at La Hacienda Mexican Cafe — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
Taste why La Hacienda Mexican Cafe's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
La Hacienda Mexican Cafe is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
When you have a craving for some ethnic Mexican fare, make your way over to La Hacienda Mexican Cafe and indulge in an array of eats.
For food in a flash, head to Sonic Drive-In in Victoria's Victoria district.
Sonic Drive-In serves up the finest gluten-free and healthy eats in the area.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Sonic Drive-In is a great summer destination.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Wear what you like when you dine at Sonic Drive-In — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Sonic Drive-In is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
Sonic Drive-In serves up meals for the prices you deserve. All under $15.
Three meals a day are served at Sonic Drive-In, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
When you live on the go, you shouldn't have to settle for low quality. Pick up some deluxe fast food from Sonic Drive-In today.
Head to the Victoria neighborhood of Victoria for quick and juicy chicken at Chick-Fil-A.
Chick-Fil-A is one of the rare restaurants that serve both healthy and gluten-free menu options.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Chick-Fil-A.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Chick-Fil-A, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chick-Fil-A as well.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Chick-Fil-A.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Chick-Fil-A.
There's no need to bust your budget at Chick-Fil-A, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Chick-Fil-A serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
So when you're looking for a quick meal, just remember that the best chicken is waiting to be enjoyed at Chick-Fil-A.
Save yourself hours in meal prep time by trusting the team at Chick-Fil-A's A+ fast food place!
Whether you're in the mood for a New York Strip or a juicy tenderloin, you'll find plenty to like at Victoria's Texas Roadhouse.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Texas Roadhouse has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
That's right! Texas Roadhouse will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Diners at Texas Roadhouse will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Texas Roadhouse.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Texas Roadhouse, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
When you have a hankering for a tasty and juicy steak, pay Texas Roadhouse a visit.
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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