Sapori Ristorante Italiano knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Sapori Ristorante Italiano.
Sapori Ristorante Italiano is a great location to host a group dinner.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Sapori Ristorante Italiano with their complimentary wifi.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Can't get enough of Sapori Ristorante Italiano's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Sapori Ristorante Italiano is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
A mid-priced establishment, Sapori Ristorante Italiano offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
See for yourself why Sapori Ristorante Italiano's Italian food is so highly considered.
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. When at Sapori Ristorante Italiano, you eat as deliciously as the Italians do.
Applebee's is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Fill up on healthy eats at Applebee's, a local restaurant.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Applebee's is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Applebee's' laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
At Applebee's, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
Applebee's s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Applebee's' restaurant for some good old American favorites!
So round up your friends and head over to Applebee's for a casual American meal.
Fresh fare can be found at Riptides Seafood Restaurant, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Health nuts will love Riptides Seafood Restaurant for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Riptides Seafood Restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Riptides Seafood Restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Riptides Seafood Restaurant and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
The large dining space at Riptides Seafood Restaurant provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Dress up for your night on the town so you can feel great while you eat great.
Or, take your food to go.
Through their catering service, Riptides Seafood Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Meals at Riptides Seafood Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For a quick bite to eat in Richmond's Clover Hill neighborhood, TGI Friday's' menu is packed with all-American options everyone will love.
TGI Friday's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
TGI Friday's also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at TGI Friday's.
Cheers to the weekend! TGI Friday's is serving up the fun!
Have a large group? No problem. Head to TGI Friday's for easy seating.
Come order a flavorful feast at TGI Friday's, and sit outside if it's nice!
Put on your dancing shoes! The restaurant provides plenty of space for those who love to boogie.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at TGI Friday's, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
The menu at TGI Friday's is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
At TGI Friday's, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to TGI Friday's since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Hooters.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Hooters has something that every stomach will enjoy.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Hooters.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Hooters for a group meal.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Hooters also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Or, take your grub to go.
Free parking is available to Hooters' diners that need it.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Hooters.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hooters and taste test your way through the menu.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Hooters' restaurant today.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Hooters and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Wings Pizza and Things' easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
The pizzeria's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Wings Pizza and Things serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come taste the pizza at Wings Pizza and Things for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Wings Pizza and Things, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Wings Pizza and Things.
With a pizza from Wings Pizza and Things, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
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.