If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Fratelli Pizzeria, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
The menu is loaded with numerous pizza and pasta offerings, so you can catch up on all your favorite carbs.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Fratelli Pizzeria's free wifi hotspot.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Comfort is prioritized at Fratelli Pizzeria, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
You can also serve food from Fratelli Pizzeria at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
If time is of the essence, this pizzeria's take-out option may be a better fit.
Fratelli Pizzeria's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Fratelli Pizzeria's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Fratelli Pizzeria is at the top of the list.
Just because Fratelli Pizzeria is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Fratelli Pizzeria.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Fratelli Pizzeria.
Visit Fratelli Pizzeria for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
The best flavors of Italy await you at Fratelli Pizzeria, so try them out today.
The Pie At Salvatore's serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Bigger groups gravitate toward The Pie At Salvatore's, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
Open air seating is ready for diners at The Pie At Salvatore's when the weather is warm.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at The Pie At Salvatore's.
Through their catering service, The Pie At Salvatore's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this pizzeria.
With a host of nearby parking options, many choose to drive to dinner.
The Pie At Salvatore's is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
The average check at The Pie At Salvatore's will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Avoid the hunt for an ATM and stop by one on your way to The Pie At Salvatore's, a local cash-only restaurant.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at The Pie At Salvatore's.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to The Pie At Salvatore's and pick up a pizza pie.
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at The Nutty Irishman.
For your viewing pleasure, The Nutty Irishman also stocks TVs in the bar area.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at The Nutty Irishman.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on The Nutty Irishman's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, The Nutty Irishman can seat both large and small groups.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from The Nutty Irishman's live musical groups or DJs.
The bar hosts a DJ, and guests can take to the dance floor as well.
With the blasting music and the rambunctious crowd, noise levels at this bar can exceed a jackhammer.
The bar fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, The Nutty Irishman's low-key style is the perfect match.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in The Nutty Irishman for catering.
The bar is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of The Nutty Irishman.
For an indulgent meal of classic pub food, The Nutty Irishman is the place to bring your best buds for a night out.
Find out about Bay Shore 's top British pub food for yourself at The Nutty Irishman.
Come hungry and leave happy! Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill in Bay Shore aims to please even the pickiest eater.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Cheers to the weekend! Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill is serving up the fun!
Eat outdoors Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill is come-as-you-are.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill.
Taste the greatness Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grill is serving up with meals around $30.
For those who avoid meat and dairy, Tula Kitchen offers tasty Vegan fare in Bay Shore.
Tula Kitchen's kitchen is creating great food that everyone can enjoy.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
A private room is available for reservation at Tula Kitchen for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Tula Kitchen to grab a spot on the patio.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this restaurant also offers delivery and take-out options.
Catering services are also available.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Tula Kitchen.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
At Tula Kitchen, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Serving up a variety of vegan eats, Tula Kitchen is a great place to grab a tasty lunch or dinner.
Calling all peanut sauce lovers! Take a look at Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant's Thai-style menu, and sample the highly-rated dishes everyone's buzzing about.
Stop by Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant and sample a variety of vegan eats.
Got kids? No problem at Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant is come-as-you-are.
Through their catering service, Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Driving to the restaurant is easy as pie, and parking surrounds the area.
Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
For Thai fare like never before, get your fill of top-rated deliciousness at Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant.
So get a taste of the best Thai around when you swing by Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant for a quick bite to eat.
For a casual night out, try Thai at Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant.
When Thai food is calling your name, make your way over to Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant for some classic dishes.
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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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.