Pop over to Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta is creating innovative healthy meals.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Eat out with the little ones at this pizzeria, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Skip long waits and head to Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta with your large group for easy seating.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
If you need to feed a big crowd, Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta's diners.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta is ready and waiting to be served.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head on over to Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Leonardo's Pizza and Pasta.
Come to Home Team Grill to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Make sure to check out Home Team Grill's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
Home Team Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Get online gratis thanks to Home Team Grill's complimentary wifi.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Home Team Grill — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Home Team Grill also offers catering.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Home Team Grill, a local restaurant.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Convenience is essential at Home Team Grill, and food is served from morning until night.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Home Team Grill's tasty restaurant.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Home Team Grill.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Home Team Grill is all about.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Enjoy a meal with all your loved ones. Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub makes it easy for big groups.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub's free wifi hotspot.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub's tasty dishes at your next party.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Meals at Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
For an indulgent bite, Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub serves up some of the finest pub-food creations around.
Kona Grill offers a trendy setting and well-dressed sushi rolls.
The chefs at Kona Grill know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this sushi spot has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this sushi spot.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Kona Grill.
At Kona Grill, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
If waiting in line isn't on the agenda, call ahead and make a reservation during Kona Grill's busy weeknight rush.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Kona Grill patrons come in casual attire.
Through their catering service, Kona Grill can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
With a parking lot adjacent to Kona Grill, you won't get stuck circling the block.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Kona Grill hits the nail on the head.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the sushi spot, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
The sushi at Kona Grill isn't just a roll; it's got a twist too! Find out more during your next dinner.
Discover a delicious artistry that goes into every roll of sushi at Kona Grill.
Sit down to some Thai-infused deliciousness at Thai Gourmet Restaurant, and add yet another sparkling review to the lengthy list of compliments.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Thai Gourmet Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
For easy dining, Thai Gourmet Restaurant provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Thai Gourmet Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Thai Gourmet Restaurant.
Your hunt for the best Thai in town is over. A no-frills vibe and sky-high ratings make Thai Gourmet Restaurant the spot to try.
Flavorful Thai food makes eating out a breeze at Thai Gourmet Restaurant.
So when you're craving the tastes and trends of Thailand, head on over to Thai Gourmet Restaurant.
Capital Ale House serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Glen Allen's Innsbrook district.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Capital Ale House puts the happy in happy hour.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Capital Ale House with their complimentary wifi.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Capital Ale House's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Capital Ale House.
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.
Folks tend to dress down at Capital Ale House, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Capital Ale House offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Deep pockets not required! Capital Ale House takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Capital Ale House's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Capital Ale House.
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.