With a stay at Holiday Inn Patriot - Williamsburg in Williamsburg, you'll be close to Williamsburg Premium Outlets and Governor's Palace. This hotel is within close proximity of College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the 160 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and business services. Planning an event in Williamsburg? This hotel has facilities measuring 11070 square feet (996 square meters), including small meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a local favorite that not only serves excellent, fully-customizable burgers, but also reminds you what exceptional Guest service looks and feels like. (In case you forgot, it feels pretty darn good.) The menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters, and is inclusive to most dietary restrictions. Fresh toppings, high quality ingredients, and unbelievably flavorful – need we go on? This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends, or an enjoyable lunch option if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your office cubicle. Just a reminder: unlike MOOYAH, your cubicle doesn’t have a giant MOODLE DOODLE board that you can release your inner Picasso on.
Sip on an ice-cold beverage, while your burger sizzles on the grill. Sink your teeth into their fresh-baked buns, and savor each and every delectable fry. Seal the deal with a hand-spun, 100% real ice cream shake – the closest you’ll ever come to heaven on Earth. Tickle your taste buds, and stir your senses at MOOYAH – where every Guest is not only important, but a part of the family.
Visit Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg's Williamsburg.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
At Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Not to be overlooked is Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House's no-charge wifi.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Bring the Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House's great food to your place.
This restaurant serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
At Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
So round up your friends and head over to Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House for a casual American meal.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Sammy and Nick's Pancake and Waffle House is all about.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Outback Steakhouse grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
Outback Steakhouse is a fine restaurant selection for those craving healthy, gluten-free food.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Seating is readily available at Outback Steakhouse for those with large parties.
Outback Steakhouse's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Can't get enough of Outback Steakhouse's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Many diners choose to drive to Outback Steakhouse, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
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.
Outback Steakhouse offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Outback Steakhouse provides service throughout the day.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about Outback Steakhouse. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
Outback Steakhouse is a steakhouse committed to serving up the best cuts for an exceptional dining experience.
For true American comfort food, head to Riverwalk Restaurant for a sandwich or side of fries.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Riverwalk Restaurant.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
It's party time! Head to Riverwalk Restaurant to share great food with a large group of friends.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Riverwalk Restaurant.
Wear what you like when you dine at Riverwalk Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Riverwalk Restaurant's diners will embrace the nearby garage and parking lot options.
Riverwalk Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Riverwalk Restaurant's moderately priced fare.
At Riverwalk Restaurant, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Riverwalk Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Riverwalk Restaurant 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.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Riverwalk Restaurant.
For a solid steak and potato favorite, Opus 9 Steakhouse doesn't mess around with its A+ ratings and star-studded reviews.
Lose the fat at Opus 9 Steakhouse, and find flavorful, lean fare everyone will enjoy.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Opus 9 Steakhouse's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion.
Warm weather brings out Opus 9 Steakhouse's highly coveted patio seating.
Opus 9 Steakhouse's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
You can also have Opus 9 Steakhouse cater your next event.
Street, garage and valet parking options are located near Opus 9 Steakhouse.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Opus 9 Steakhouse.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
At Opus 9 Steakhouse, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about Opus 9 Steakhouse. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
No matter if you like your steak rare, medium, or well done, the chefs at Opus 9 Steakhouse ensure you get the best out of every bite.
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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