Make it a maki night at Nagoya Sushi, and treat yourself to a variety of fish (all with A+ ratings).
Keep your health in check at Nagoya Sushi, a local restaurant with endless healthy menu items.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this sushi spot's menu.
Parents, bring your kids along to this sushi spot, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Get online for free courtesy of Nagoya Sushi's wifi.
Warm weather brings out Nagoya Sushi's highly coveted patio seating.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Nagoya Sushi, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Through their catering service, Nagoya Sushi can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this sushi spot.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Nagoya Sushi.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Nagoya Sushi s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
At Nagoya Sushi, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the sushi spot offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
Nagoya Sushi is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Winter Springs.
So when you are in the mood for fresh sushi, pay Nagoya Sushi a visit and enjoy some great dishes.
Whether you're jonesing for a prime porterhouse or juicy ribeye, Winter Springs' Outback Steakhouse has you covered.
Outback Steakhouse is a local, healthy restaurant that caters to those with dietary needs, especially those with gluten-free sensitivities.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
At Outback Steakhouse, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Outback Steakhouse — it's strictly casual.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Throwing a big party? Count on Outback Steakhouse to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
At Outback Steakhouse, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
Outback Steakhouse offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Outback Steakhouse is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
When you are ready to treat yourself to a nice meal, head on over to Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a juicy steak.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Tijuana Flats, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Get online gratis thanks to Tijuana Flats' complimentary wifi.
Seating is readily available at Tijuana Flats for those with large parties.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Tijuana Flats is a great summer destination.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Tijuana Flats — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the restaurant.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Bring the Tijuana Flats' great food to your place.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
With a parking lot adjacent to Tijuana Flats, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
So come to Tijuana Flats, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Tijuana Flats and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
So what are you waiting for? Dine at Tijuana Flats and enjoy the tasty flavors of Mexican fare.
Load up on carbs at Carrabba's Italian Grill — this Italian joint serves tasty grub.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Carrabba's Italian Grill. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
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.
Carrabba's Italian Grill is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Carrabba's Italian Grill in jeans and a hoodie.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Carrabba's Italian Grill for their catering services.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
At Carrabba's Italian Grill, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
Next time you're in the mood for authentic Italian cooking, remember to try the delicious fare at Carrabba's Italian Grill.
Whether you prefer grilled or fried chicken, Winter Springs' Chick-Fil-A has it ready.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Chick-Fil-A. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
The patio tables outside of Chick-Fil-A are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Chick-Fil-A.
Chick-Fil-A is a great location to host a group dinner.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Chick-Fil-A to create the perfect night.
At Chick-Fil-A, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Chick-Fil-A makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
It's a good thing that Chick-Fil-A is so fast because their chicken is irresistible.
Living life on the go can be stressful, but picking the right place to eat shouldn't be. Make the delicious choice with Chick-Fil-A.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Gator's Dockside for some good home American cooking.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Gator's Dockside for a group meal.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Gator's Dockside to grab a spot on the patio.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Gator's Dockside cater for you.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Don't spend time searching for parking — diners are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
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.
The menu at Gator's Dockside includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Gator's Dockside.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Gator's Dockside.
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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