California Pizza Kitchen's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
If you prefer to eat healthy, you'll find tons of fresh selections on California Pizza Kitchen's menu.
The bar at this pizzeria is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this pizzeria.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for California Pizza Kitchen diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on California Pizza Kitchen's complimentary wifi.
Casual dining at its best, California Pizza Kitchen customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in California Pizza Kitchen for catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this pizzeria.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near California Pizza Kitchen and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Cyclists are in luck. California Pizza Kitchen provides bike parking.
The menu at California Pizza Kitchen is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy California Pizza Kitchen since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Everyone's talking about California Pizza Kitchen. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! California Pizza Kitchen's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at California Pizza Kitchen.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay California Pizza Kitchen a visit.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Corner Stable for American-style cuisine.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Corner Stable will be able to accommodate your large party.
Access the Internet free of charge via Corner Stable's complimentary wifi.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Corner Stable — it's strictly casual.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
You can also serve food from Corner Stable at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Free parking is offered every day in the lot next door, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their meal.
Corner Stable is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Eat your way through the day at Corner Stable — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Corner Stable's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Corner Stable.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Corner Stable.
At Silver Spring Mining Company, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Hop online in no time using Silver Spring Mining Company's free wifi.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Silver Spring Mining Company and order great food.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Silver Spring Mining Company patrons come in casual attire.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Silver Spring Mining Company for catering.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
At Silver Spring Mining Company, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Silver Spring Mining Company s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Silver Spring Mining Company offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
The friendly staff at Silver Spring Mining Company are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Silver Spring Mining Company for your next meal.
A perfectly marbled cut of beef is no farther away than Hunt Valley's The Oregon Grille.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
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.
Big family? No problem. Bring the whole gang to The Oregon Grille.
Be sure to check out The Oregon Grille's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
A departure from casual dining, The Oregon Grille is the perfect place to wear your best dress or newly pressed suit.
Men must dine in jackets, as The Oregon Grille's dress code is on the stricter side of the style spectrum.
That's right! The Oregon Grille will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
At The Oregon Grille, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Although The Oregon Grille is a bit of a splurge, it certainly is worth it.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
So head on over to The Oregon Grille for a juicy cut served right to perfection.
Green Leaf Restaurant in Cockeysville brings culinary creativity to a new level with its unique Asian-fusion menu.
It's always the right time to eat a delicious, healthy meal. Find one that won't disappoint at Green Leaf Restaurant.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Take it nice and easy at Green Leaf Restaurant, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant and enjoy!
Green Leaf Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
At Green Leaf Restaurant, free parking is offered on the whole block.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
So grab a fork or some chopsticks and dive into the fare at Green Leaf Restaurant for a true fusion of Asian cultures.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? Remember to grab a table at Green Leaf Restaurant and enjoy a blend of Asian-style cooking in a lovably low-key environment.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Andy Nelsons Barbecue in Cockeysville and embrace the mess.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Andy Nelsons Barbecue has you covered on both fronts.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
With plenty of room to go around, Andy Nelsons Barbecue also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Andy Nelsons Barbecue and order great food.
Folks tend to dress down at Andy Nelsons Barbecue, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Andy Nelsons Barbecue to your next party or event.
Andy Nelsons Barbecue's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Commute by bike to Andy Nelsons Barbecue and find easy bike parking.
Andy Nelsons Barbecue offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
If you want finger-licking good barbecue, it's clear you'll want to head straight to Andy Nelsons Barbecue.
If you relish flavorful marinades, spicy rubs, and oh-so-tender meat, make sure to check out Andy Nelsons Barbecue for the best in casual barbecue.
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.