Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Carib Bean Cafe's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Carib Bean Cafe for all your protein and calcium needs.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
Everyone knows that home-cooking beans can take literally almost forever. Save yourself the time and effort by picking up some from the amazing canned food selection at Carib Bean Cafe.
Spices and seasonings are a kitchen staple, so explore the selection at this fun store.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Carib Bean Cafe and stay on the go all the time.
Forget the stress of parking spot hunting and park in one of the options located near Carib Bean Cafe.
Kick your diet into high-speed gear with some new and healthy grocery items from Iga Foodliner in Lacon.
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 Iga Foodliner for some hydration while you're on the move.
For a cheaper, more convenient alternative, you'll want to shop the canned foods at Iga Foodliner. You won't even be able to tell the difference.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Iga Foodliner? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Iga Foodliner and pick up some fresh noodles.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
If you are starting to run low on oil and vinegar, head on over here and pick up your favorites.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
Your mouth will be watering from the fantastic meats available at this location.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Iga Foodliner and feel energized all day.
Pick up a loaf of bread from Iga Foodliner and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
You can find parking easily in the surrounding area.
For a grocery above the rest, you'll definitely love Iga Foodliner in Lacon.
Gather up the whole crew and head to The Pizza Peel for a night of pizza and fun.
The bar at this pizzeria is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at The Pizza Peel with their complimentary wifi.
Gather up your group of friends and head to The Pizza Peel, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at The Pizza Peel is all about comfort.
Catering services are also available.
You've heard correctly. This pizzeria offers both delivery or carryout.
Enjoy the quick and painless street parking at The Pizza Peel.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the pizzeria.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Supper is exceptional, though the pizzeria also offers breakfast and lunch.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at The Pizza Peel.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to The Pizza Peel.
Washington's Kep's Sports Bar and Grill has tasty eats and creative beverages.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Kep's Sports Bar and Grill's seasonally available outdoor seating.
A dance floor is on hand for folks ready to boogie the night away.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Kep's Sports Bar and Grill's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Kep's Sports Bar and Grill offers catering.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Parking is easily accessible.
At Kep's Sports Bar and Grill, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
A visit to Kep's Sports Bar and Grill will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Hodel's Chanticleer.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Hodel's Chanticleer.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Hodel's Chanticleer, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Take it nice and easy at Hodel's Chanticleer, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
For those who travel by bike, Hodel's Chanticleer offers bike racks for diners.
Meals at Hodel's Chanticleer usually set you back about $30 per diner.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Hodel's Chanticleer.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Hodel's Chanticleer.
Washington's Khoury's Restaurant's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Come order a flavorful feast at Khoury's Restaurant, and sit outside if it's nice!
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Heading to Khoury's Restaurant for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Khoury's Restaurant s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Khoury's Restaurant is a great dining option for any time of day.
Get ready to chow down on some delicious Greek food when you make your way over to Khoury's Restaurant.
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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