The Rock Bar and Grill serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Beloit's Beloit district.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at The Rock Bar and Grill.
The Rock Bar and Grill is a great location to host a group dinner.
The Rock Bar and Grill offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Wear what you like when you dine at The Rock Bar and Grill — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in The Rock Bar and Grill for catering.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near The Rock Bar and Grill and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
The Rock Bar and Grill offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Don't take out a second mortgage for food so delicious it's life changing. We've got you covered with our meals priced under $15.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into The Rock Bar and Grill's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
So enjoy a casual dining experience at The Rock Bar and Grill and load up on some classic American dishes.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at The Rock Bar and Grill is all about.
Visit Butterfly Club for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Beloit's Turtle.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Butterfly Club has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Butterfly Club.
For music and dancing, Butterfly Club also features live bands and an open floor.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Butterfly Club welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
At Butterfly Club, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Expect your bill at Butterfly Club to come in at around $30 per person.
Butterfly Club accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Butterfly Club has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Butterfly Club for your next meal.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Butterfly Club.
Road Dawg Family Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Beloit's Beloit district.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Road Dawg Family Restaurant is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Meals at Road Dawg Family Restaurant usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Road Dawg Family 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.
Road Dawg Family Restaurant has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Road Dawg Family Restaurant and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Indulge in your favorite breakfast bagel at Bagels and More.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Bagels and More.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Bagels and More.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Bagels and More diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Bagels and More.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Bagels and More also offers catering.
This restaurant serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Parking is easy at Bagels and More, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Whether you're craving a bagel sandwich or a simple spread, make sure to pick up your next baker's dozen at Bagels and More.
Head to McDonald's for a quick patty melt on those extra busy workdays.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at McDonald's. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
McDonald's provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
At McDonald's, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as McDonald's serves three meals a day.
So when all you can think about is food, get a delicious burger quickly at McDonald's.
Living life on the go can be stressful, but picking the right place to eat shouldn't be. Make the delicious choice with McDonald's.
Fill up on homemade pasta and fresh bread at Benedetti's Supper Club.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Benedetti's Supper Club.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Benedetti's Supper Club for your next big event.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Benedetti's Supper Club for their catering services.
Benedetti's Supper Club is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Benedetti's Supper Club offers safe bike parking outside.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Benedetti's Supper Club is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Convenience is essential at Benedetti's Supper Club, and food is served from morning until night.
All the best flavors of Italy await you at Benedetti's Supper Club.
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.