Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Banana Boat.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Banana Boat.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Banana Boat can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Banana Boat's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Banana Boat as well.
Between the music and the crowds, Banana Boat's noise levels can be intense.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Banana Boat — it's strictly casual.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Banana Boat also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
For convenience, patrons can park in the lot next door, and valet is also an option.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Meals at Banana Boat are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
The 21st-century is here at Banana Boat. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Banana Boat provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
Banana Boat 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.
Fresh fare can be found at Two Georges Waterfront Grille, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Keep your diet in check at Two Georges Waterfront Grille, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Two Georges Waterfront Grille also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Two Georges Waterfront Grille, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Two Georges Waterfront Grille provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Two Georges Waterfront Grille.
For no extra charge, utilize Two Georges Waterfront Grille's free wifi.
Tap your foot to Two Georges Waterfront Grille's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
No need to put on airs for a trip to Two Georges Waterfront Grille — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Two Georges Waterfront Grille's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Don't spend time circling the block — parking is available in a nearby lot, and valet is provided, if preferred.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Two Georges Waterfront Grille's moderately priced fare.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Visit Pyure Salon for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Boynton Beach's Renaissance Commons.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
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.
Pyure Salon provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Pyure Salon.
Pyure Salon's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Pyure Salon.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Pyure Salon as well.
To get seated fast on a weeknight, you may want to call ahead and make a reservation — after-work crowds can fill the place up.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Pyure Salon's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Pyure Salon will ensure that it is delicious.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
At Pyure Salon, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Pyure Salon.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Pyure Salon.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Village Tavern.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
At Village Tavern, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Wifi is on the house at Village Tavern, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Village Tavern.
You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week.
Village Tavern offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Village Tavern's diners.
Village Tavern's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Village Tavern's moderately priced fare.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at Village Tavern.
Pay Village Tavern a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Village Tavern.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Carrabba's Italian Grill, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Carrabba's Italian Grill's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Carrabba's Italian Grill for a group meal.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Carrabba's Italian Grill won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Carrabba's Italian Grill for catering.
Dining at Carrabba's Italian Grill? Enjoy the easy and free parking in the lot next door.
Deep pockets not required! Carrabba's Italian Grill takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
Carrabba's Italian Grill's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Carrabba's Italian Grill.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Boynton Beach's Prime Catch — this Boynton Beach seafood spot has quite the selection.
The cooks at Prime Catch know how to get creative with gluten-free ingredients.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Prime Catch, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Prime Catch's outdoor patio.
Access the Internet free of charge via Prime Catch's complimentary wifi.
This restaurant's most sought after items include Flash-fried Lobster, Maine Lobster B.l.t., New England Fried Clams, Shrimp Bruschetta, and Calamari Provencal.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Prime Catch can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Prime Catch offers curbside valet parking, as well as parking in a lot next door.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Prime Catch.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Head on over to the highly-rated Prime Catch today and enjoy a delicious seafood dish or two.
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.