Melt in your mouth pasta, decadent sauce, and need I say more? Head to Matteo's of Huntington for great Italian cuisine.
Health nuts will love Matteo's of Huntington for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
The patio seating at Matteo's of Huntington is perfect for those warm summer days.
Get online for free courtesy of Matteo's of Huntington's wifi.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Matteo's of Huntington's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Matteo's of Huntington.
Matteo's of Huntington is close to a parking lot that also offers valet service.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Matteo's of Huntington is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Next time you're in the mood for authentic Italian cooking, remember to try the delicious fare at Matteo's of Huntington.
If you're in the mood for comfort food, enjoy a cheeseburger with a mound of golden fries at burger house McDonald's in Huntington Station's South Huntington region.
Vegan diners can chow down on all of their favorite eats at McDonald's.
Skip long waits and head to McDonald's with your large group for easy seating.
No need to put on airs for a trip to McDonald's — the dress code and ambience at this burger joint are totally laid-back.
McDonald's is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
At McDonald's you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Looking for a tasty meal fit for any budget? Look no further than McDonald's.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at McDonald's — they're open for all three meals.
So what are you waiting for? Give into your burger craving at McDonald's and enjoy a little taste of paradise.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to McDonald's and find out why the burgers are top-notch.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Turkish Kebab House and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Turkish Kebab House.
Luckily for you, this place has delicious meat in stock for your cooking.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Turkish Kebab House.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Turkish Kebab House will do the trick.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
Shop for all of your favorite canned goods at Turkish Kebab House and load up your kitchen shelves with choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Make your own salad dressing or secret sauce with some flavorful and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
The area holds many available spaces for customers to park.
Visit Miller's Ale House for some true American comfort food.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Miller's Ale House.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Perfect for after-work outings, Miller's Ale House's happy hour is hard to beat.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Miller's Ale House and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Miller's Ale House's complimentary wifi.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Miller's Ale House — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
Meals at Miller's Ale House are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Miller's Ale House's restaurant today.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Miller's Ale House.
Looking for a great burger? Check out Johnny Rockets for a large selection of signature burgers.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this burger joint.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Johnny Rockets.
The patio seating at Johnny Rockets is perfect for those warm summer days.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the burger joint does not accept reservations.
Johnny Rockets' guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Johnny Rockets offers catering.
Going out can be expensive. That's why we have our own free parking lot, so you spend your money on more fun things.
Johnny Rockets offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Johnny Rockets serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Savor the delicious flavor of one of the many amazing burgers from Johnny Rockets today.
So pay Johnny Rockets a visit today and fill up on a juicy and flavorful burger.
Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Deer Park's Deer Park neighborhood.
Chipotle Mexican Grill serves up tasty, gluten-free and vegan meal options.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Chipotle Mexican Grill, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chipotle Mexican Grill as well.
Score a close parking spot at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Don't take out a second mortgage for food so delicious it's life changing. We've got you covered with our meals priced under $15.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Chipotle Mexican Grill and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
From tacos to chips and salsa, Chipotle Mexican Grill has you covered when it comes to tasty Mexican cuisine.
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.