Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at The Turtle Restaurant.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
The Turtle Restaurant easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for extra special occasions.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into The Turtle Restaurant's free wifi hotspot.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at The Turtle Restaurant.
The Turtle Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Throwing a big party? Count on The Turtle Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
The Turtle Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes The Turtle Restaurant has to offer.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at The Turtle Restaurant, and they're waiting to serve you!
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated The Turtle Restaurant.
Steak and potatoes take center stage at Brownwood's Section Hand Steak House.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Section Hand Steak House for easy seating.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Keep it casual at Section Hand Steak House, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Section Hand Steak House will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
At Section Hand Steak House, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
No matter if you like your steak rare, medium, or well done, the chefs at Section Hand Steak House ensure you get the best out of every bite.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Humphrey Pete's for American-style cuisine.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Access the Internet free of charge via Humphrey Pete's' complimentary wifi.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Humphrey Pete's.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Humphrey Pete's.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Humphrey Pete's to your next party or event.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Humphrey Pete's offers bike racks for diners.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Humphrey Pete's is the place for you.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Chipotle Mexican Grill should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Chipotle Mexican Grill serves up tasty, gluten-free and vegan meal options.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Chipotle Mexican Grill and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
That's right! Chipotle Mexican Grill will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Chipotle Mexican Grill's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
So come to Chipotle Mexican Grill, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
Isn't it time to experience the taste of Mexican cuisine at Chipotle Mexican Grill's premier restaurant?
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Brownwood is the place to be.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Common Grounds Coffeehouse with their complimentary wifi.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Common Grounds Coffeehouse.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Common Grounds Coffeehouse, so dress for comfort when you come.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
With so many tasty low-cost options on Common Grounds Coffeehouse's menu, dining out has never been such a bargain.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Chili's, a savory spot for American cuisine.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Round up your coworkers and head to Chili's for happy hour.
The large dining space at Chili's provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Keep it casual at Chili's — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Chili's.
Your bill at Chili's will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Don't put it off any longer, and give Chili's a try.
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.