With a stay at Best Western Watertown/Fort Drum, you'll be centrally located in Watertown, walking distance from Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York and close to Thompson Park. This hotel is within close proximity of New York State Zoo at Thompson Park and Jefferson Community College.
Make yourself at home in one of the 160 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and cotton sheets. Windows open for fresh air and city views. 42-inch LCD televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Meet other guests and eat at the complimentary manager's reception, held at early evening on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 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, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Watertown? This hotel has 8446 square feet (785 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary at scheduled times.
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
The patio seating at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is perfect for those warm summer days.
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Not to be overlooked is Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery's no-charge wifi.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery can also cater your next party; call today for details.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Meals at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
At Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, you can pay with any major credit card.
The pub food at Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is great to munch on while catching up with your friends, so head on over today and enjoy great conversation and a great bite to eat.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Art's Jug's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Art's Jug.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Art's Jug's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
The pizzeria has catering services as well.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria and enjoy!
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
Art's Jug s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the pizzeria's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Art's Jug is at the top of the list.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Art's Jug.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Art's Jug.
When you order pizza from Art's Jug, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Tin Pan Gallery serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Watertown's Watertown district.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
At Tin Pan Gallery, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Your large group can all sit together at Tin Pan Gallery.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Tin Pan Gallery.
At Tin Pan Gallery, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Tin Pan Gallery.
For a casual American classic, Tin Pan Gallery will serve you up a delicious meal in Watertown.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Tin Pan Gallery.
Find all your favorite cuts of beef cooked to perfection at Texas Roadhouse — this steakhouse didn't earn rave reviews for nothing.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Texas Roadhouse.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Texas Roadhouse's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Texas Roadhouse is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Texas Roadhouse is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Texas Roadhouse is sure to hit the spot.
So head to Texas Roadhouse, where they're putting a unique twist on the classic steak dinner that's sure to leave your taste buds wanting more.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Applebee's for all of your favorite American dishes.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Applebee's' happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Applebee's is a prime location to dine with a group.
Between the music and the crowds, Applebee's' noise levels can be intense.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Applebee's in jeans and a hoodie.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Applebee's can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Your bill at Applebee's will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Applebee's since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Applebee's is the place for you.
So head on over to the highly-rated Applebee's for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
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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