As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats. It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans. After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company. We make quality food fresh just for you! Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection. Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Sushi Omakase takes its name from the traditional omakase method of ordering sushi. When ordering omakase style, diners ask the chef to get creative, and then sit back while he slices and rolls morsels that highlight both his skills and the freshest fish of the day. For those who prefer to customize their own meals, sushi chefs G. Clooney and T. Cruise also work from a menu that includes fresh oysters, nigiri, a red dragon roll—crab and avocado with spicy tuna—and vegetable tempura. Between nibbles, visitors can relax with a wide array of hot sake or specialty cocktails.
Write down the recipe you have been wanting to try and pick up the ingredients from Quik Stop Market in Gilroy.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Quik Stop Market for some hydration while you're on the move.
Quik Stop Market serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Don't settle for bland food. Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make your next meal a hit.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Quik Stop Market will certainly come in hand.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Quik Stop Market will do the trick.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Quik Stop Market.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Quik Stop Market and cure your hunger pains.
With available parking nearby, Quik Stop Market is easily accessible by car.
After learning all that Quik Stop Market has to offer, you'll satisfy your craving for groceries by heading there now.
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant is perfect for grabbing a quick (and tasty) taco or two.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Comfort is prioritized at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Can't get enough of La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Commute by bike to La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
At La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So swing by La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
So when you're stomach starts growling, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Mexican-style dish from La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant.
Fans of Straw Hat Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Straw Hat Pizza combines great flavors with healthy ingredients for dishes that not just taste good but make you feel good too.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Straw Hat Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this pizzeria can get downright loud.
Straw Hat Pizza tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
You can also serve food from Straw Hat Pizza at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Straw Hat Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Straw Hat Pizza where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Straw Hat Pizza this weekend.
Fight for a great pizza pie by placing your order into Straw Hat Pizza today.
At Victoria's Mexican Restaurant — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa.
Ditch the meal points and head to Victoria's Mexican Restaurant for fresh, healthy, low-fat nosh.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Victoria's Mexican Restaurant's patio.
Victoria's Mexican Restaurant doesn't take reservations, so on busy nights you may have to wait a bit.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Victoria's Mexican Restaurant, which embraces a casual vibe.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Victoria's Mexican Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
Victoria's Mexican Restaurant is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Victoria's Mexican Restaurant.
Dine in for dinner to see what the restaurant is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
Come on over to Victoria's Mexican Restaurant and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
So break out of your normal dining routine and head over to Victoria's Mexican Restaurant for some flavorful Mexican fare.
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.