Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Joel's Pizza Palace have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Joel's Pizza Palace's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Reservations are not accepted at Joel's Pizza Palace, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Joel's Pizza Palace, known for its laid-back ambience.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Joel's Pizza Palace will ensure that it is delicious.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Joel's Pizza Palace.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Joel's Pizza Palace is at the top of the list.
So bring your appetite to Joel's Pizza Palace. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
So grab a group of friends and head to Joel's Pizza Palace, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
With a pizza from Joel's Pizza Palace, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
Come see why the Italian food at Joel's Pizza Palace is well worth the price.
For a new take on Italian classics, make your way over to Joel's Pizza Palace and taste some great eats.
Fans of Bloomingdale Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Skip long waits and head to Bloomingdale Pizza with your large group for easy seating.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Bloomingdale Pizza welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this pizzeria for carryout.
Catering from Bloomingdale Pizza will take your party to the next level.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Bloomingdale Pizza.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Bloomingdale Pizza also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Bloomingdale Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Bloomingdale Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Next time you're in the mood for a casual night out, be sure to stop for a delicious pizza at Bloomingdale Pizza.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Bloomingdale Pizza and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Beef 'O' Brady's caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Beef 'O' Brady's is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Beef 'O' Brady's.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Beef 'O' Brady's, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Through their catering service, Beef 'O' Brady's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Beef 'O' Brady's.
Beef 'O' Brady's is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Beef 'O' Brady's.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Beef 'O' Brady's.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Beef 'O' Brady's.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Beef 'O' Brady's and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
At Ruby Tuesday, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
Feeling healthy? Head to Ruby Tuesday for some delicious gluten-free fare.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Ruby Tuesday.
Comfort is prioritized at Ruby Tuesday, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
For the tastes of Ruby Tuesday from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
An average meal at Ruby Tuesday will set you back about $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Ruby Tuesday.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Ruby Tuesday.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Ruby Tuesday and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Westshore Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Volume levels at the pizzeria can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
Westshore Pizza is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Westshore Pizza to your next party or event.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
Diners at Westshore Pizza will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Westshore Pizza come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
The pizza at Westshore Pizza is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
Who's hungry? Step up to the big leagues at East County Civic Group's Steak 'n Shake, where each and every steak packs a five-star punch.
Steak 'n Shake's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Travel by bike to Steak 'n Shake and store your bike at a nearby rack.
You can eat for next to nothing at Steak 'n Shake, where a typical meal will cost you less than $15.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Steak 'n Shake serves three meals a day.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
For that extra special sizzle, it doesn't get much better than an all-star steak dinner at Steak 'n Shake.
Steak 'n Shake serves up steaks that are grilled to perfection, so swing by today and enjoy a juicy cut of meat.
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.