Put your food cravings to rest with a trip to Miller's Market in Danielsville.
Need more vinegar and oil to transform your cooking? No problem, they've got that here, too!
Looking to spice things up? Choose from their wide selection of seasonings and flavorful spices.
These fresh and flavorful canned food items will come in handy when you need a quick and convenient dinner option.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Start your long and busy work week off on the right foot with a tasty and energizing coffee or tea from Miller's Market.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Get your grill fired up and grab your tongs! The meat here is perfect for the grill any time of year.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Need something quick for lunch or dinner? Stop by Miller's Market and pick up a sandwich for the road.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Miller's Market and slurp your way to happiness.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Miller's Market.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
The bread baked at Miller's Market gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Miller's Market.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Whether you pop it in the microwave or warm it up over the stove, the frozen food here is ready to eat.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Miller's Market.
Cooking is a great way to unwind after a long day so pick up some groceries from Miller's Market in Danielsville and cook up a tasty and healthy meal.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Blue Monkey.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Blue Monkey is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Blue Monkey — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Blue Monkey is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Blue Monkey offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Blue Monkey has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Blue Monkey and enjoy some great American classics.
For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Assante Ristorante Italiano is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
Assante Ristorante Italiano's menu features inspiring, gluten-free dishes.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Get online gratis thanks to Assante Ristorante Italiano's complimentary wifi.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Assante Ristorante Italiano in jeans and a hoodie.
Just let this restaurant know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Through their catering service, Assante Ristorante Italiano can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At Assante Ristorante Italiano, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Assante Ristorante Italiano.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Assante Ristorante Italiano.
So the next time you're craving a decadent bowl of pasta or want to try a new Italian twist, Assante Ristorante Italiano is ready for you.
When you shop at Kunkletown General Store in Kunkletown, you're not just getting a great grocery store. You're enjoying a grocery store that prioritizes your comfort and emphasizes customer service to make this among the best places to shop around.
There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
A sandwich playground, aka deli, can make for the perfect meal. Don't let your next playground experience go without this deli item.
Going on a picnic or thirsting for a tasty sandwich? Why not go to Kunkletown General Store and pick one up for lunch or dinner!
The fresh produce available here will work well in any recipe or stand alone as a snack.
It's always wise to keep a little extra food around the house, just because. Kunkletown General Store encourages you to check out its amazing canned foods for just that very purpose.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Kunkletown General Store will be tasty no matter what.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
You'll be relieved to know that there's nearby parking available to Kunkletown General Store.
So grab your grocery list and head on over to Kunkletown General Store in Kunkletown.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Commute by bike to Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head on over to Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay Alfie's Pizzeria Restaurant a visit.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit One Ten Tavern for all of your favorite American dishes.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Happy hour at One Ten Tavern is filled with deals and steals.
One Ten Tavern is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on One Ten Tavern's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at One Ten Tavern.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of One Ten Tavern to your next party or event.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
At One Ten Tavern, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
For those who travel by bike, One Ten Tavern offers bike racks for diners.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, One Ten Tavern is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to One Ten Tavern and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated One Ten Tavern.
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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