Load up on carbs at Tuscan Cafe — this Italian joint serves tasty grub in Warwick's Warwick community.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Tuscan Cafe for a group meal.
For comfortable outdoor service, Tuscan Cafe sets up a seasonal patio.
Get online for free courtesy of Tuscan Cafe's wifi.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Tuscan Cafe patrons come in casual attire.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the restaurant's carryout and delivery options.
Catering from Tuscan Cafe will take your party to the next level.
Parking is made simple at Tuscan Cafe, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Tuscan Cafe.
What's the best kept secret around? It's how Tuscan Cafe keeps their food reasonably priced without sacrificing taste.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Tuscan Cafe, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tuscan Cafe knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
Visit Pioneer Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Warwick's Warwick.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
The patio seating at Pioneer Restaurant is perfect for those warm summer days.
At Pioneer Restaurant, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Pioneer Restaurant.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Through their catering service, Pioneer Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Pioneer Restaurant's diners.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Pioneer Restaurant.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Pioneer Restaurant hits the nail on the head.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Pioneer Restaurant.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Pioneer Restaurant and munch on some American eats.
So when you just need a place to go, Pioneer Restaurant is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Warwick.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Pioneer Restaurant is all about.
If you're searching for a quick and casual spot to grab some pizza in Hardyston Township's Hardyston, look no further than Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza's happy hour.
Dance to the beat of a live DJ and show off your moves on the pizzeria floor.
Weekends are busy at the pizzeria, so be prepared for longer wait times.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza's tasty dishes at your next party.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Dine at Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza.
Meals at Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza.
The pizzeria's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza.
Before ordering just a generic box of pizza, re-think that decision and go with a pie above the rest from Tony's Family Restaurant Pizza.
Whether it's a hoppy IPA or a dark stout that you're craving, quench your thirst (and fill your belly with gourmet pub fare) at Warwick's Eddie's Roadhouse.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Eddie's Roadhouse can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
At Eddie's Roadhouse, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Eddie's Roadhouse is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Eddie's Roadhouse.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Eddie's Roadhouse.
An average meal at Eddie's Roadhouse will set you back about $30.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
The true gastropub experience doesn't get much better than this, so head to Eddie's Roadhouse for a quick drink or bite to eat.
Eddie's Roadhouse is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
Eddie's Roadhouse has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Eddie's Roadhouse is all about.
Emerald Point Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Greenwood Lake's Greenwood Lake district.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Emerald Point Restaurant, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Emerald Point Restaurant's outdoor patio seating.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
At Emerald Point Restaurant, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Emerald Point Restaurant may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Emerald Point Restaurant serves up all three meals.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Emerald Point Restaurant.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Emerald Point Restaurant for your next meal.
So head on over to the highly-rated Emerald Point Restaurant for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Visit Yesterdays for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Warwick's Warwick.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Yesterdays is come-as-you-are.
You can also grab your grub to go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Yesterdays cater for you.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Yesterdays' Main Street address.
Travel by bike to Yesterdays and store your bike at a nearby rack.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Yesterdays, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Convenience is essential at Yesterdays, and food is served from morning until night.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Yesterdays is the place for you.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Yesterdays and enjoy some great American classics.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Yesterdays.
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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