BLT, club, veggie, and more...Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering serves sandwiches in Tampa's Temple Terrace neighborhood.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Having a lot of friends can be complicated, but Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering makes it easy to please everyone.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering.
Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering as well.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
With a sandwich from Lupton's Buffet Restaurants and Catering, it'll really feel like you died and went to heaven. A great sandwich, every time.
Carrabba's Italian Grill does pasta right — this restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
Nobody likes to diet, but Carrabba's Italian Grill's low-fat fare tastes so good you'll forget it's good for you, too!
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Having a lot of friends can be complicated, but Carrabba's Italian Grill makes it easy to please everyone.
Speakers are blaring and crowds roaring at the restaurant, so prepare for a noisy night out.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Carrabba's Italian Grill — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Carrabba's Italian Grill also offers catering.
Save time and money on parking when you take advantage of the open lot next door.
Carrabba's Italian Grill's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Your tab at Carrabba's Italian Grill will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Carrabba's Italian Grill, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Carrabba's Italian Grill is well worth every penny!
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. When at Carrabba's Italian Grill, you eat as deliciously as the Italians do.
Pack a panini for lunch or pick up some pasta salad at Checo's Restaurant, a deli that attracts all types of taste buds.
Wifi here is on the house.
Whether you have a large or small group, Checo's Restaurant can accommodate both.
Wear what you like when you dine at Checo's Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Checo's Restaurant for their catering services.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Checo's Restaurant.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Checo's Restaurant running under $30 per person.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Checo's Restaurant provides service throughout the day.
So next time you're looking for some items or sandwiches, Checo's Restaurant is your best option in Temple Terrace.
For fresh maki, Temple Terrace's Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar has got you covered.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar to your next party or event.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar's moderately priced fare.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar serves up all three meals.
With a trip to Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, it'll feel like visiting another country with their terrifically authentic Japanese cuisine.
For tasty Mexican fare, Temple Terrace's Vallarta Mexican Restaurant is hard to top.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Vallarta Mexican Restaurant diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
The dress code is strictly casual at Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
So treat yourself to a variety of tasty Mexican dishes at Vallarta Mexican Restaurant and cure your hunger cravings.
Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant is all about unexpected pairings. Thai statues stand alongside saxophones and photos of jazz legends hanging from the walls. And amid the quintessentially American music-theme comes a parade of traditional Thai cuisine. Outdoor seating is available, and the restaurant is located is down the street from the University of South Florida.
Like an aromatic dance, servers nimbly carry plates piled with five kinds of curry, pad thai, and signature dishes such as Jazz Sextet: a bed of pineapple and sauteed veggies in special sweet and sour sauce. Nearby, bartenders pour wine, beer, and sake to complement the food, which the kitchen can prep at four levels of spiciness. But meals often end on a chilly note, and another memorable combination. Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant ice cream teams a fried banana with a generous mound of coconut ice cream, sourced from the frozen palm trees that grow in Antarctica.
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.